GIVEN the fortnight Jemma Reekie has had, there was no way she was going to compete in the biggest event of the British indoor season and not come away with a win.

In the past two weeks, the Kilbarchan AAC runner has broken the British indoor record at 800m, mile and 1,500m.

And while she didn’t manage to add another British record to her CV at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow on Saturday, her performance was no less impressive.

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Reekie won the 1,500m at the Emirates Arena in 4 minutes 4.07 seconds in a race that, at the halfway point, she seemed out of.

Sitting in the middle of the pack with 500m to go in a well strung-out field, it appeared Reekie had too much to do to close the gap on the leaders. But the 21-year-old had other thoughts.

A burst of speed on the penultimate lap saw her narrow the gap but, as she tried to grab the inside line, she became boxed in, with no apparent path into space.

However, Reekie saw a gap and found herself in a sprint finish over the last 100m with Dawit Seyaum, of Ethiopia, who is a former World Indoor medallist and African Games champion.

Seyaum was half a step ahead of Reekie most of the way down the home straight but, with the finish line closing in, Reekie found another gear to power past the Ethiopian and cross the line in a new Scottish native record.

It was quite a run from Reekie but, she says, there is still more to come, with the weekend performance illustrating how much she has improved over the past year.

Despite grabbing the win, she admitted there was also a tinge of disappointment at not breaking her own British record.

“I think that just shows the shape I’m in but I’ve got a lot more to give,” she said.

“I tried that last year and I panicked, so I tried to stay calm and not panic and stay focused all the way. I knew this could be a great race and that I could win it.

“That’s the difference. I’m not just coming to line up on the track now. I’m coming to win.

“I’m enjoying being that fast and knowing that’s what I can do. It gives me a lot of confidence.

“I was hoping I was going to beat my own British record but that’s okay, I’ll take the win.”

Reekie’s tactics could perhaps be questioned, despite the victory, and while she admits she had to throw her weight about at times, she was pleased to have been able to fight her way out of a tricky position.

She said: “I went to the inside and thought I’ll just ride it. I tried not to waste too much energy and hope a gap opened up. It worked out.

“There were a few points I had to get my elbows out but that’s middle distance running. I’m still learning but to have the confidence I could do that is good.”

It has been a golden time for Reekie – and she could be forgiven for feeling a touch worn out going into Saturday’s race.

“The last couple of weeks, I have been tired,” she said.

“But I’m tired every day in training and I go out to push myself to the limits. The race is the same as I feel all the time.”

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