Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie and Jake Wightman share top athletics award

Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie and Jake Wightman have been named joint winners of Scottish Athletics’ top award in an unprecedented three-way tie.

Saturday, 10th October 2020, 10:04 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th October 2020, 10:05 pm
Jemma Reekie celebrates her win in the 1500m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in February.
Jemma Reekie celebrates her win in the 1500m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in February.

All three delivered world-class performances over the course of the season and will share the Scottish Athletics 4J Studios Performer of the Year title.

The result reflects Scotland’s strength in middle-distance running.

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“In a very different year from usual for obvious reasons, it was felt a tied outcome was the most suitable verdict when assessing the contenders,” said Scottish Athletics in a statement.

A determined Laura Muir in action during this year's Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava where she won the 800m

"Scottish, British and British U23 Records fell in their wake and there was a host of world lead and meeting record performances, too, despite the limited opportunities of a short season which saw them impress in various parts of Europe.”

Inverness Harriers athlete Megan Keith was crowned U20 Performer of the Year for some excellent cross country performances. Anna Hedley of Fife AC took the U17 award.

Ultra runner Joasia Zakrzewski had been among the eight names short-listed for the main award and was recognised as Masters Athlete of the Year for 2020 after breaking a series of long distance track records while in Australia. Zakrzewski previously won the Masters title in 2015.

Andy Young, who coaches Muir and Reekie, was named Performance Coach of the Year after being short-listed with Geoff Wightman.

Jake Wightman won the men's 800m to make it a Scottish double in Ostrava.

Stephen Maguire, director of performance and coaching with Scottish Athletics, said: “Our awards selection panel felt they simply could not split the achievements of Laura, Jemma and Jake. It was felt that a joint award was the most suitable and fitting outcome.”

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