Middle-distance runners Jake Wightman and Jemma Reekie named British Athletes of the Year


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Jake Wightman and Jemma Reekie were named the 2020 British Athletes of the Year at the British Athletics Writers Association awards.

Jake Wightman photo: Scottish Athletics

Wightman ran the second all-time fastest 1,500-metre during 2020. Only Mo Farah has run faster with his national record of 3:28.81 from the Herculis Diamon League meet in Monaco.

Wightman clocked a 3:29.47 at the same meet in August this year. He also ran an 800m best of 1:44.18 at the Ostrava meet in Sept. The 26-year-old, 3:54.92-miler is a 2018 European Championships bronze medallist.  

Reekie broke the national indoor record for the 800m with a 1:57.91 performance at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. She then clocked a national indoor record in the 1500m in the time of 4:00.56 in New York at the Armory Track. On the same day, Reekie took the mile (1609m) indoor national record with a 4:27.16 clocking, all over a two-week span in February just before the pandemic struck.

Jemma Reekie. Photo: World Athletics

The 22-year old Scot also ran an outdoors lifetime best of 1:58.63 in Chorzow, POL in August followed by a 1000m best of 2:31.11 in Monaco.

In October, Reekie, Wightman, and Laura Muir were all named recipients of the Scottish Athletics 4J Studios Performer of the Year title. It is the top national athletics award.

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