Strathclyde student and strathlete, Mhairi Hendry, has gained GB selection for the world indoor athletics championships.
The final year prosthetics and orthotics student ran a huge personal best of 2.01.30 in the SPAR British indoor athletics 800m final on Sunday coming second only to reigning British champion, Shelayna Ozkan-Clarke by 1.24 seconds.
Hendry who is coached by William Parker at the Victoria Park City of Glasgow club, massively improved on her run from the semi-final on Saturday where she ran 2.05.24 to finish 2nd behind Ellie Baker who went on to finish 6th in the final.
The race in Birmingham, initially went out fast, with world semi-finalist, Adelle Tracey pushing the pace for a 27.55 second first lap which was only a few tenths of a second behind where the men’s race was at this point.
Hendry sat back off the pace and sat in fifth as they entered the second lap where she started to make up ground and pulled in two to sit in third as they clocked 57.06 for 400m.
On the last lap Hendry effortlessly pulled in Tracey to move into second place on the back straight where the medals were ultimately decided.
Despite finishing very strongly Hendry just couldn’t close the gap and had to settle for silver.
Having now gained the qualification time and selection, Hendry will head back to Birmingham on 2nd March to compete again, this time against the best athletes in the world.
Mhairi said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected to run for GB at the World Championships. All seems like a bit of a dream but I’m super excited to get back on this track and race again!”
Scottish Athletics commented on the GB selection of which 25% are Scots:
“Congratulations from all at Scottish athletics to these eight athletes and their families and coaches as they prepare to compete at global level in what is sure to be a thrilling event.”
First year, Kerry MacAngus also ran well in Birmingham in the 1500m to finish 7th in her heat with an indoor personal best of 4.31.62.
Strathclyde Sports Union has long been recognised as one of the top destinations for student sport in Scotland. With 53 sports clubs, and with over 3,000 members, they’re one of the biggest and most diverse student sport communities in Scotland. You can find out more on Strath Sports Union on their website www.strathsports.co.uk.
Article by Maddy Watson