Jemma Reekie: Scot sets 1500m personal best at Athletics World Cup

Jemma Reekie runs in the 1500m at the Athletics World Cup
Reekie was making her senior debut for GB at the Athletics World Cup
Athletics World Cup
Venue: London Stadium Dates: 14-15 July Time: 18:45 BST
Coverage: Highlights on Saturday 21 July, BBC One and Red Button

Scot Jemma Reekie set a new 1500m personal best as she finished third for Great Britain on the opening day of the Athletics World Cup at London Stadium.

The 20-year-old took five-hundredths of a second off her previous best to come home in four minutes 9:05 seconds.

The Kilbarchan AC runner came in behind Poland's Sofia Ennaoui and American Rachel Schneider to claim six points.

"It was really fun. I wanted to come out here and have fun in my first senior appearance for GB," Reekie said.

"To come out here and get a PB and a medal out of it is fantastic. I actually felt really relaxed.

"I said to myself 'just go out and enjoy it'. Anything else is a bonus this year as I have already done so well. I am competing against world-class athletes regularly now so I am getting more experienced every race.

"I am so happy to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland, especially here in London. I had so much fun and the crowd were amazing. I have never had such a big cheer before so the whole experience was fantastic."

The European Under-20 champion, who shares a coach - Andy Young - with Laura Muir, was making her senior international debut, with GB & NI fifth out of eight nations after the opening day.

Fellow Scots Beth Dobbin, in the women's 200m (20:27 BST) and Neil Gourlay, in the men's 1500m (20:48) will compete on Sunday.

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