PITREAVIE AAC star Nicole Yeargin is one of eight Scottish athletes that have been picked to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at next month's World Athletics Championships.

The 25-year-old has been named in a 51-strong squad for the illustrious event, which will be held in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19-27.

United States based Nicole qualified, and declared, to run for Scotland and GB as her mum, Lynn, is originally from Dunfermline, and in 2021 she ran at the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games just five years after taking up the sport.

After competing in the 400 metres, the women's 4x400m relay, and the mixed 4x400m, Nicole followed that up by competing at three major events in 2022 - and winning a trio of medals.

The Maryland native, a graduate of the University of Southern California, was selected for the World Athletics Championships, held in Oregon, USA; the European Athletics Championships, which took place in Munich, Germany; and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where she made her debut for Team Scotland.

In all three competitions, Nicole came home with women's 4x400m relay bronze medals, whilst reaching the semi-finals of each in the individual 400m.

Earlier in July, she reached the 400m final at the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester, placing sixth, before winning one of two finals over 200m at the Reunión Internacional de Atletismo Villa De Bilbao event in Bilbao, Spain.

Nicole has been selected for the women's 4x400m at the World Athletics Championships, and could also be involved in the mixed relay of the same discipline.

She is joined on the team by 2022 European and Commonwealth 1500m champion, and OIympic silver medallist, Laura Muir, who ran for the now defunct Dunfermline and West Fife athletics club early in her career, before joining Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, as well as Commonwealth 10,000m champion, Eilish McColgan; 800m runner, Jemma Reekie; 1500m athletes, Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley; 5,000m competitor, Megan Keith; and 4x100m runner, Alyson Bell.

Last year, Nicole was named on the UK Athletics OIympic World Class Programme (WCP) for 2022/23, a National Lottey-backed initiative from UK Sport that supports the delivery of success at named milestone targets, specifically outdoor track World and European championships, as well as the Olympic Games, which take place in Paris, France, next year.