Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark clinched her place in next month’s world championships winning the women’s 400 metres title in the British athletics championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
The University of Aberdeen chemical engineering graduate remained composed throughout the one-lap race, stepping back from the pace in the frantic early stages before picking off her rivals off one by one down the home straight.
Clark, despite feeling she did not quite run the way she wanted, showed perfect pace judgment, moving into the lead with 30 metres to go as she surged past Rio Olympic relay medallist Emily Diamond to claim gold in 52.30.
Bristol’s Diamond took the other automatic selection place when finishing second in 52.34, while Anyika Onuora (Liverpool) was third in 52.82. Clark said: “It was a messy race.
“I didn’t quite follow my gameplan but I got there in the end.
“I was quite confident going into the final straight as I usually finish quite strongly and, although my legs felt really tired, I did enough.
“I am delighted to win the British title and secure my place for London.”
Clark’s Aberdeen clubmate Kelsey Stewart missed out on a place in the final after finishing third in her heat in 54.14.