Despite talking about the existence of things, Molly Scott decided to cut it, paint it, then turn it into reality.
At the start of the year, 22-year-old sprinter Carlow carved three numbers on paper, which she painted yellow and taped to her phone so everyone could see the number she was trying to represent: 7.19.
“I read this that if you are trying to pursue a goal, other people will be able to see it and you should get it out into the world,” she says. “It might sound a little crazy.”
At the time, her personal best was 7.32 seconds, while Ireland’s was 7.27. Reaching 7.19 is an ambition, but it became a reality at the National Indoor Championships last Sunday.
The situation where she broke the record – after a strange situation resulted in a rerun – made it all the more impressive. “When chaos ensues, I rush into fight or flight (mode),” she said.
Scott has been coached by her mother, Dee, for over a decade, and while she trained with different groups, she found it never worked the same way. Her mother had no training background prior to working with her but invested considerable time and money over the years in gaining the necessary expertise.
“I really feel in this country, my mother is my best choice by far. She holds me to a high standard and she’s tough with me sometimes, but that’s what I need. She’s a great coach and I go out and do it for her as much as I do myself,” Scott said.
Scott completed his law degree at IT Carlow last May but has since begun earning a two-year, part-time law degree at King’s Inn, and after 20 weeks of continuous, uninterrupted training , she has begun layoffs during this indoor season. She broke the Irish 60m record in January, but her 7.23 mark was improved by Rhasidat Adeleke, who ran 7.21, just four days later.
“Rhasidat breaking the record was the best thing that could happen to me,” she said. “It gets me into the ball and makes me sharper.”
Scott knew she could get her national record back, but when she fired in the 60m final, she could tell that Sarah Leahy had started the wrong lane in her lane. But with no gun recovered, Scott had to keep running, reaching the finish line ahead with no recorded time.
“It is blatant. I don’t know why it wasn’t recalled,” she said. “I was panicking during the race.”
When it was over, she was super excited, with the schedule going back to running 40 minutes later. Scott didn’t even warm up for that race, instead sitting in the waiting room on the phone. “I was really frustrated and felt really angry,” she said.
But in the 2.0 final, she was perfect on foot – a race that took exactly 7.19 seconds. A little over two weeks are left until World Indoors in Belgrade, where Scott hopes to rewrite that record again.
“I saw a tweet recently: ‘Winter training is science but racing is art,’ and that’s right,” she said.
In a season that began with a homemade craft, her race in Abbotstown was the closest she’d come to a masterpiece. Now a blank canvas awaits again – the possibilities are endless.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/athletics/it-might-have-sounded-a-bit-crazy-world-awaits-after-sprinter-molly-scott-manifests-national-record-41396631.html ‘Sounds a bit crazy’ – The world awaits after sprinter Molly Scott shows off national record