OLYMPIC hopeful Lynsey Sharp has raced to the top of her class to be awarded a law degree.
The 800 metre runner graduated from Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday 20th June with a 2:1 – just two days before she faces the final hurdle on her path to London 2012.
Having already tried on the official uniform and filled out all the relevant paperwork, the only thing standing between the 21 year old and a slot at the starting blocks this summer is three-quarters-of-a-second.
Lynsey said: “To make it to London, a home Games, would be amazing. I’m running really well just now and I’m certain I can make the qualifying time. I’m telling myself not to think of the time though, it’s tiny, and to just enjoy running."
The young athlete’s personal best for the 800 metres is two minutes 00.65 seconds. This weekend at Olympic trials in Birmingham she’ll have to clock 1:59:90.
Lynsey said: “I’m still young and know the next Olympics are probably more realistic but I’ll be disappointed if I miss out because I’m so close.”
The 21-year-old, who lives in Edinburgh, was inspired to study law after her father, former Olympic sprinter Cameron Sharp was forced to fight a medical negligence case following a road crash which left him permanently injured.
The runner said: “I was 6 or 7 when my dad’s case was settled and after that I felt like law would be a pretty worth-while career to follow. My family all trained as P.E teachers so I’m the first to do something different. I think they’ll be really proud of me.”
But training seven days a week and keeping abreast of her university work hasn’t been a walk in the park for the thriving athlete.
Lynsey said: “It’s been pretty hard-going. I train every morning and then I’m at lectures and trying to complete coursework before training again at night. Everyone at uni is really supportive though and always interested and excited about how I’m doing.”
Nicholas Grier, Head of the Centre for Law at Edinburgh Napier said: “It is a remarkable achievement that Lynsey has been able to do so well both in her law degree and to find the time and energy to compete at a global level.
“To be a good lawyer you need to spend a lot of time with your head in your books, and to be a great athlete you need to spend a lot of time training. To her credit Lynsey has managed both tasks very well and we are proud to have Lynsey as one of our students.”