Munlochy discus thrower European boost ahead of Commonwealth Games medal bid for Scotland in Birmingham
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Kirsty Law goes into tonight’s Commonwealth Games discus final boosted by news that she has also been selected for Great Britain at the European Championships in Munich from August 15th.
However this latest honour means that she will be unable to try to extend her haul of Scottish titles to 14.
These are the 35-year-old Munlochy athlete’s second Commonwealth Games after finishing 11th in Glasgow in 2014. Since then, she has become only the second Scottish thrower to burst through the 60 metre mark with 60.13 last year, and with a clutch of other throws in the high 50 metre range.
“I underperformed in Glasgow and I’m determined to do a lot better this time,” she said.
“With my current coach Zane Duquemin, I’ve been throwing quite a bit further recently, so I would hope to finish a lot higher this time. The European selection arrived just before I moved into the Games village so it’s come as a huge boost at just the right time.”
The European place comes from her top 20 continental ranking and these will be her second European championships following an outing in Berlin in 2018.
“To be selected for two of this year’s three major championships is absolutely great, and for a while I also had a chance of the World Championships in Oregon, before one or two athletes overtook me in the world rankings.
“But the standard of throwing in Europe is extremely high, so Munich is going to be very competitive.”
However with the Scottish Championships taking place in Aberdeen as the British team leaves for Munich, Law will be unable to bid for a 14th title at an event which she has only failed to win once since 2006.
“I’m actually very disappointed indeed not to be able to do the Scottish because, although it’s a long way below the Commonwealths or the Europeans, the event means a lot to me.”