Tindle sets new indoor record '¨for 200m

Berwick's Guy Learmonth and Cameron Tindle were both in action at Sheffield in the British Athletics Indoor Championships at the weekend, and both made their respective finals.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 13:17 pm
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 09:13 am
Pic Lisa Ferguson 30/06/2015 Today Commonwealth Games Scotland announced the final 28 athletes who have been selected to represent Scotland at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, 5-11 September 2015. Cameron Tindle age 17 from Berwick, Athletics

In the 800m, Learmonth coasted to a comfortable heat win on the Saturday, but the final, on Sunday, was a slow tactical race, and he missed out on top two places, finishing third.

Learmonth was disappointed with his performance, but he will now concentrate on qualification for the GB Olympic squad in Rio, the qualifying time of which has been set at 1.45.8.

Tindle, meanwhile, lined up in his heat against Elliot Powell, the European junior silver medallist from last year, and Ben Snaith, the southern counties senior champion, knowing that he would have to turn out a massive personal best performance to progress to the semi-finals.

Tindle, running from lane six, ran a fine race to record an incredible 21.14 seconds.

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Coaches Bruce Scott and Henry Gray, both registered the significance of his time when it came up on the electronic screen.

Not only had he broke his own junior men’s record, but he had also taken over a 10th of a second off the senior all-time 200m indoor record.

Tindle faded in the semis, though, and only qualified as a fastest loser for the final, finishing a distant sixth.

Scott said afterwards. “What a great way to end his indoor season. The indoors was a nice distraction from the winter work, and it gives us a snapshot of where we are now.

“Cameron’s record-breaking time in the heats was the same as the eventual winning time.

“I think what Cameron, as a 17-year-old, has achieved is magnificent.

“It tells us what we already know. If you want to produce a championship runner, you need to train them for fitness. The difficult part to train is speed.

“The fitness aspect will be worked on in the coming months in preparation for the world junior championships held in Poland in July. By then, we will have a more complete product.”