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Samantha Kinghorn sets new sprint record after a race down Olympic memory lane

Samantha ‘Sammi’ Kinghorn is Scotland’s leading female wheelchair racer and Harper Macleod’s Athlete Ambassador. The Commonwealth Games finalist and triple European champion regularly shares the latest from her world as she prepares for her next big challenge – the 2015 World Championships in Doha. Sammi racing season has been in full swing, with a new 100m record and an amazing experience at the Anniversary Games in London.

Sammi In Action

So now the racing season is in full swing and I am competing most weekends in August, which is great. I get to really test how my training has gone, and so far it seems to have gone well.

At the end of July I had the great honour of being selected to compete in the Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium in London – the last athletics event before the track was taken up and the venue converted into a football ground. Racing at the Anniversary Games was an incredible opportunity and I was delighted to take part. Unfortunately, just as in the Commonwealth Games I had to race in an upper classification over 1500m, which is not my best event. However, no one would say no to the opportunity to race in London.

Going into the stadium and looking up into the crowd on race day was so surreal as I was in that crowd in 2012 hoping and dreaming to one day be on the track. It was an incredible feeling for me. I finished 5th in my race but I have picked up and learnt so many things about racing in packs which I will have to do as I compete over 800m in future.

The weekend after the high of competing in London I set of in my campervan with my mum and my nephew down to Bedford to compete. I really like the track at Bedford so I was very excited and the excitement paid of as I set a new personal best of 17.47 seconds in my 100m - one I have wanted and came so close to in Switzerland. It’s a new Scottish record and I am now just two-tenths of a second off Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompsons European record.

At the moment my training sessions have been a little more intense than they would normally be at this time because I don't want to taper down to early as I wait in hope of being selected for the World Championships in Doha in October. I should find out on the 16th of September if I’ve made the team.