Fit-again Sharp relishing competing in front of home crowd

04 June 2014 / 14:43

European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp admits the prospect of running out at Hampden Park at this summer’s Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix drove her on during her recovery from injury.

Sharp, who took the 800m title at the European Championships in Helsinki two years ago, recently returned to action after spending nine months out with a leg tendon injury.

The 23-year-old missed the entire of the 2013 season but has showed signs she is back on the road to full form with two BMC Grand Prix victories either side of winning the Flanders Cup – Lokeren Grand Prix last month.

And with the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix from July 11-12 giving her the chance to make her first IAAF Diamond League appearance in nearly two years, Sharp was understandably excited.

A regular to Hampden Park to watch Rangers play football, Sharp admits following in her heroes footsteps at Scotland’s national stadium would be a special moment.

“As soon as the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix was announced, this was the event that I was targeting on my comeback from injury,” said Sharp, a semi-finalist at London 2012.

“I’ve watched Rangers play at the stadium many times, but to be able to step on the track and compete in front of a home crowd is going to be something I’ll never forget.

“It’s been a long road to recovery, but to have this event to focus on makes all the hours spent rehabbing worth it.

“It’s going to be great occasion to step foot inside Hampden Park for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix in July. It’s going to be like the Commonwealth Games in two days and I know that the atmosphere is going to be electric.”

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