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Emotional Sharp receives medal

An emotional Lynsey Sharp admitted her delayed 2012 European Championships gold medal presentation made up for missing out first time round.

The Scot was upgraded to 800-metre gold medallist in June last year after the woman who beat her in Helsinki, Russia's Yelena Arzhakova, was banned for two years for a doping offence.

Sharp faced a long struggle to get her new medal but the wait ended at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match in front of 5,000 fans at the Emirates Arena.

And there was a surprise in store for the Edinburgh athlete when her father, Cameron Sharp, who won the 200m silver medal at the 1982 European Championships, was brought on to put the medal round her neck.

The 23-year-old wiped away tears on the podium before God Save the Queen was played.

"I knew I was going to start crying but I thought it would have been when the anthem started playing," she said. "But as soon as they said my dad was presenting it I was gone.

"I asked my mum: 'Do you know what's happening?' and she said she didn't know anything. I was looking for him up in the stand and I couldn't see him anywhere. I was thinking: 'Where are they? They are going to miss it'."

Sharp, who returned from a training camp in South Africa hours before the presentation, added: "It was so special. I couldn't have asked for it to have been done better.

"It was almost like a huge sigh, that it's eventually sorted and I got my medal.

"I wanted it done and to start afresh. I have got the Europeans again this year, defending my title, so it's good to get the medal before that."