Lynsey Sharp shocked by 2014 success

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British middle-distance runner Lynsey Sharp has spoken of her immense joy after a year which has seen her win two championship medals.

Sharp, who missed most of 2013 through injury, returned this year to claim two major championship medals - much better than what she had expected.

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Beyond expectation

"I’ve achieved far more than I expected to this year," she told Athletics Weekly after her place was confirmed at next month's Great North CityGames. 

"At the start of the season my aim was just to run the Commonwealth qualifying time and to make the team for Glasgow."

Silver lining

The 24-year-old did much more than that, though, running excellently in her home nation as she took Commonwealth Games silver behind Kenya's Eunice jepkoech Sum.

A fortnight later ans Sharp was at it again, this time finishing second in the European Championship final behind Maryna Arzamasava of Belarus. Her time of 1:58.80 was a massive personal best and also broke Susan Scott's long-standing Scottish record.

Not finished yet

With just a handful of races left in 2014, Sharp is looking to carry on her fine season's form, and cap off a memorable year.

"“I just want to continue on from what I did in Glasgow and Zurich for the next few weeks," she said, with next week's final Diamond League meet in Brussels firmly in her mind.

"To have come out with two major championship medals and a Scottish record is far more than I could have wished for."

As well as Brussels, and the Great North CityGames in which she will compete alongside Christine Ohuruogu, fellow 800m runner Jenny Meadows and compatriot Eilidh Child over 500m, Sharp will also run at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakesh.

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