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Seven Scottish athletes get Commonwealth Games nod

A trio of alumni and four Loughborough based athletes are the latest competitors to secure their places on the plane to the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.

With 25 named in Scotland’s athletics team for the Games, middle distance men Guy Learmonth and Jake Wightman will both take their places when the competition commences on 4 April next year.

Sixth at Glasgow 2014, Guy Learmonth will contest the 800m once more with his eyes firmly fixed on a medal. For Wightman it’ll be a chance for redemption as a hamstring injury scuppered his progress at his home Games. Both men enjoyed wonderful 2017s, Wightman winning the prestigious Oslo Diamond League 1500m, and so they’ll head to the southern hemisphere full of confidence.

In what will be a first for any Scottish athlete, Beth Potter will compete in two different sports at one Games when she lines up in the triathlon and 10,000m. Named in the triathlon line-up two weeks ago, Potter was also included in the athletics team today.

Glasgow 2014 silver medallist Lynsey Sharp will also toe the line in 2018, proudly wearing the Scottish vest. Having trained in Loughborough for the last few years, the Edinburgh AC athlete has improved her personal bests no end and will be hoping to upgrade that silver medal on the Gold Coast.

Having won a brilliant bronze medal in the hammer in Glasgow, Mark Dry will look for silverware once again down under in what will be his third Commonwealth Games. Having competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the charismatic Scot has undergone hip surgery on two occasions since, but is confident he will be in top form come April.

In the field Emma Nuttall gets the nod, the Loughborough based high jumper selected for her second Games. Kirsten McAslan, now Loughborough based, is the final team member as she takes up a spot in the 4x400m relay squad that will be aiming for a medal on the final day of action.