By Peter Jardine, Head of Communications
The Olympics in Japan are over, but our memories will stay with us for a long time to come.
And above all the impact of our #TokyoTwelve who made a huge contribution to the GB team’s athletic efforts in Tokyo and Sapporo.
Laura Muir and Josh kerr made headlines after winning silver and bronze medals in both 1,500m finals – the first individual medals for Scottish athletes in the GB team at the Olympics since Liz mccolgan and Yvonne murray in 1988.
We would like at this point to warmly thank all the athletes and their families and coaches – as well as the clubs that have developed them over the years – for your dedication over the long stretches and inspiring moments over the past fifteen weeks.
This is a huge motivation for sport in general in Scotland and this is where shared responsibility comes in and how you can help maintain and develop our sport.
We had nearly 1,400 names for the upcoming athletics championships in Grangemouth and Aberdeen and this brings us back to 2018 and 2019 levels, demonstrating a remarkable recovery of athletes, coaches and clubs in the face of the Covid crisis -19.
But there are still places to compete at the U20 / U15 / U13 level and also to come and support / watch the 4J Studios Senior / U17 Champs in Grangemouth this weekend.
We also urge people to renew their membership in Scottishathletics to help us help sport.
About 3,000 members were “hibernating” earlier in 2021 – and about 1,000 of them have now returned. We would like a few more to come back.
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The learning never stops and we have worked very hard (during the pandemic) to provide training for the coaches.
During the months of September, October and November, coaching course opportunities arise in Inverness, Livingston, Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Tranent and Grangemouth.
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Photo of David Pearce for the GB team
Our resident historian, Arnold Black, wrote the following summary of Scots in Japan – putting the individual performances in context.
The 2020 Olympic Games are over. For Scottish track and field athletes this was a great success.
Tokyo delivered the first medals in the individual events in 33 years and the largest Scottish contingent to compete in the Olympic finals (double digits for the first time).
The place of honor goes to our medalists, both reaching their glory with personal bests and national records.
For Laura Muir, the greatest satisfaction. Hard work pays off. It was his 8th attempt at a medal on the outdoor world stage: From 16th to 3000m at the 2012 world juniors, SF World 2013, 5th World 2015, 7th Olympic 2016, 4th World 1500 2017, 6th World 5000 2017, 5th World 2019 and now the silver medal in a superbly run race with a new British record of 3: 54.50, improving on her own record set five years ago.
Laura now ran over three seconds faster in the event than any other British athlete.
The men’s 1500m provided two Scottish athletes in the final for the first time in Olympic history. Both, in their time, are capable of medals.
This time it was Josh kerr in a majestic Scottish record of 3: 29.05 to win bronze. Only Mo Farah ran faster among British athletes.
The Scottish record had been held by John Robson at 3: 33.83 for 40 years until Chris O’Hare broke it in 2017. Jake wightman improved it in 2019, then reduced it below 3:30 to 3:29.47 in 2020.
Josh now holds the record and the bronze medal, the first 1500m medal won by a Scotsman since John McGough in 1906. Jake, 5th in the 1500m world final in 2019, will be disappointed with a 10th place in his first Olympics, but he can come back stronger.
(Photo by Sam Mellish for the GB team)
Jemma reekie was so close to joining them on the podium. 0.09 seconds – time was the fine line between success and a great race.
A personal best of 1: 56.90 in the Olympic 800m final, but ending up behind one of Britain’s most surprising medalists, an inspired Keely hodgkinson.
Eilish McColgan finished in the top ten in an excellent time, but not in the event in which she was the most experienced.
She came from the disappointment of a 5,000m scramble to produce her best place at her 3rd Olympics, the first time she ran 10,000 meters in a major championship.
Andre Butchart was never in contention for a medal, but after missing all of 2020 on the track, he was more than ten seconds faster than anything he had produced this year. On paper he was 14th this year out of the 16 finalists, so finishing in 11th was a great performance.
Beth dobbin tied his season’s best of 22.78 in his race qualifying, but the semi-final was the most one could hope for, with 22.26 as the slowest of non-automatic qualifying for the final.
Nicole yeargin had the misfortune of being disqualified for a lane violation after otherwise qualifying in her 400m series, but produced three strong runs of 50.69, 50.59 and 50.44 and had participated in the two 4x400m finals.
Zoey clark had the misfortune of not participating in the mixed or women’s 4 Ã 400 finals after her races of 50.49 and 50.94 from Stage 2 in the heats.
Our marathoners struggled in the heat and humidity of Sapporo, although for Callum hawkins it appears to be an injury that affected his race.
Stephanie Davis, in her first international championship, won for 39th place, having finished 65th at the halfway point.
For Steph twell it must have been a difficult concert with no respite from the heat and humidity.
It’s not how she would have wanted her third Olympics to end, but it says a lot that she stuck with it and finished the course when the race didn’t go the way she did. would have expected.
Aberdeen, Andy Butchart, Beth Dobbin, Calllum Hawkins, Eilish McColgan, Grangemouth, Jake Wightman, Jemma Reekie, Josh Kerr, Laura Muir, Nicole Yeargin, Olympics, Steph Davis, Steph Twell, Tokyo 2020, Zoey Clark