‘Gutted’ Guy left trailing behind Olympic champion

Guy Learmonth, pictured at Glasgow 2014

Guy Learmonth, pictured at Glasgow 2014

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In Sunday’s Diamond League 600 metres race in Birmingham, much fancied Lasswade AC athlete Guy Learmonth had to settle for eighth place.

Up against 800m World record holder David Rudisha the Midlothian runner had battled back from a mystery illness and was hoping to make an impact in the race.

On his Twitter page Learmonth said: “Gutted with today but been an bit optimistic about everything gearing up to this w/e, been a hellish 3 weeks with the passing of my papa, and then being rushed to hospital myself last weekend it’s not been the best prep. I’ll be back again soon though.”