Bearsden teenager hits his best form for Scotland

Bearsden Academy pupil Michael Dunn was part of the Scottish squad which finished second in the Home Countries International Schools Pentathlon
Bearsden Academy pupil Michael Dunn was part of the Scottish squad which finished second in the Home Countries International Schools Pentathlon

A Bearsden teenager has helped Scotland finish second in an international pentathlon competition - and set four personal bests in the process.

Michael Dunn (14), a third year pupil at Bearsden Academy, was part of the four-man team who represented Scottish Schools in the Home Countries International meeting at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

Competing against under-16 athletes from England, Wales and Ireland, Michael made a huge contribution to the Scots taking the silver medal by producing his best ever performances in all but one of his five events.

Michael, a member of Clydesdale Harriers, opened up by clocking his best ever time of 9.00 seconds for the 60 metres hurdles and followed that up with a lifetime best leap of 5.26 metres in the long jump.

A third successive personal best followed in the 200 metres as David crossed the line in 25.01 seconds.

The shot putt was the only event David didn’t set a new best, but he still managed a distance of 8.53 metres before finishing up with his best ever 800 metres time of 2 minutes 24.21 seconds.

Coach Phil Dolan said: “To achieve four pbs during a pentathlon is an exceptional performance. Not only that but in the run up to the competition, he was injured and only was given the all clear to participate on the Thursday prior to the meeting.”