This one's for mum
WEST LINTON'S Chris O'Hare has made history by becoming the first Scot to win the men's mile at the prestigious NCAA finals in America.
And the 21-year-old immediately dedicated his most impressive win so far to his mum, Gillian, who was celebrating her birthday back home in Scotland.
Chris, who finished second last year in the Championships, follows in the footsteps of Liz McColgan and shot-putter Meg Ritchie by winning an NCAA title.
Dad Terry told the Peeblesshire News: "Since his defeat on the line in the NCAA last year, Chris has been thinking everyday what he has to do to win this year. This has been his goal every day and night.
"He has been training extremely hard physically and building his mental strength for this fight.
"He raced perfectly from start to finish. He cranked it up with 400 metres to go and into a full sprint over the last 180 metres. He could see the others behind him on the big screen and knew he wasn't going to give it up to anyone."
Chris, who is in his third year of a scholarship at Tulsa University, beat a world class field, including fellow GB athlete Rich Peters, and title holder Miles Batty.
Speaking after the event to American television, O'Hare said: "It was my mum Gillian's birthday and I couldn't be home to give her a hug or a present so it was nice to give her this win,"
Chris will spend the next few months attempting to reach the Olympic qualifying standard for the 1500 metres.
This article appeared in Peeblesshire News 16 Mar 12
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