GLASGOW 2014: PB for Guy Learmonth as he finishes 6th in final

Guy Learmonth (second from left) powers up the home straight as''Botswana's Nijel Amos (centre left) strides to victory in themen's 800m final. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Guy Learmonth (second from left) powers up the home straight as''Botswana's Nijel Amos (centre left) strides to victory in themen's 800m final. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Berwick’s Guy Learmonth saved his best performance for the big stage by recording a personal best time in the final of the 800m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

On a wet night at Hampden Park, the 22-year-old Scotland athlete proved he could hit his peak when it mattered by powering from ninth and last to sixth with a sprint finish.

He crossed the line in a time of 1:46.69.

Learmonth was up against a world-class field which included Olympic champion David Rudisha.

But Nijel Amos sprung one of the biggest surprises of the Commonwealth Games by shocking David Rudisha to take gold.

The 20-year-old from Botswana, who took Olympic silver behind Rudisha at London 2012, left in the wake of the Kenyan’s unforgettable world record run, turned the tables in Glasgow by chasing him down on the home straight.

Amos raced past as Rudisha tied up, coming home in one minute 45.18 seconds, the favourite taking silver in 1min 45.48secs.

Amos looked boxed in behind the Kenyans with 100m to go, but worked himself free and had enough strength to chase a tiring Rudisha down.

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RESULT

Men’s 800m Final: 1 Nijel Amos (Bot) 1mins 45.18secs, 2 David Rudisha (Ken) 1:45.48, 3 Andre Olivier (Rsa) 1:46.03, 4 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (Ken) 1:46.09, 5 Jeffrey Riseley (Aus) 1:46.12, 6 Guy Learmonth (Sco) 1:46.69 (PB), 7 Michael Rimmer (Eng) 1:46.71, 8 Ronald Musagala (Uga) 1:47.19, 9 Evans Kipkorir (Ken) 1:47.34