Tokyo Twelve

Scotland’s ‘Tokyo 12’: the story so far

Brave performances, but no medals yet for Scots runners

With the athletics programme now in full swing, the Scottish members of Team GB&NI have been giving it their all at Tokyo 2020 over the last few days – but none has yet been able to clinch a medal. 

The closest any of them have come to the podium is Jemma Reekie, who missed out on a medal by just fractions of a second after running a new PB of 1.56.90 in the 800m. Clearly disappointed with the outcome, she told scottishathletics, ‘The time was good but I know that I’m in even better shape than that. It’s just frustrating when you don’t perform on the big stage because I’ve been flying in training and everything else, but I’ll learn from it and come back stronger.’

Also on the track, Beth Dobbin made it to the semi-finals of the 200m of her first Olympics with a fifth-placed finish, but Nicole Yeargin was disqualified from the 400m after touching the lane lines.

Today (Friday, 6 August), will see Laura Muir go for gold in her 1500m final. Andy Butchart will also be aiming for the 5000m podium for the second time in his Olympic career after a 13:31.23 finish in the heats. Moving away from the track to the roads, Steph Davis and Steph Twell will both start the women’s marathon at 2300 UK time.

Saturday should also see Scots in action, with Elilish McColgan hoping to make a mark on the 10000m, after a disastrous run in the 5000m heats last week. With semi-finals set for Thursday, Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman will be hoping to secure places in the 1500m final, also set for Saturday. 

Late on Saturday night the long wait to hit the Olympic road for a second time will also be over for Callum Hawkins, as he starts the Olympic marathon, one of the last events of the Games. 

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