PITREAVIE AAC star Nicole Yeargin has won a world championship bronze medal following a thrilling finale to the competition over the weekend.

The 24-year-old was part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team that was competing at the World Athletics Championships, in Oregon, United States, and earned a place on the podium in the women's 4x400 metres relay.

Nicole, will now travel to Birmingham to run for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, which opens on Thursday, had reached the semi-finals of the 400m before the relay competition began in the early hours of Sunday morning.

She lined up with team-mates Ama Pipi, Laviai Nielsen and Victoria Ohuruogu - whose sister, Christine, won 400m gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing - in heat one.

The first three teams in each of the two heats, as well as the next two fastest, qualified for the final, and GB cruised into the showpiece.

Maryland native Nicole, who is eligible to run for Scotland and GB as her mum, Lynn, is originally from Dunfermline, ran the anchor leg and sealed a second-place finish behind the United States, crossing the line in 3:23.92.

For the final, she teamed-up with Ohuruogu, Nielsen and Jessie Knight, taking the baton for the second leg from Ohuruoogu.

The Pitreavie star tucked nicely into third place, and created distance from fourth place, before handing on to Knight, who strengthened the team's grip on a medal before Nielsen brought them home.

Afterwards, she told the British Athletics website: "I knew we could do it and we were right in the pack. I can’t wait for next year."

In her individual event, Nicole reached the semi-finals of the 400m after finishing fourth in her heat, with a season's best time of 51.17 seconds, but progressed as one of the six quickest runners that finished outwith the automatic qualification spots.

In her semi-final, she finished fourth in 51.22, with the top two across the three semi-finals, plus the next two quickest runners, reaching the final.

The athletics events in Birmingham, in which Nicole, who competed at last year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, is scheduled to run in the 400m and 4x400m, begin next Tuesday (August 2).