Arguably the greatest year of Tom McKean’s career included golden success in front of a delighted Glasgow crowd at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 1990.
British middle-distance greats Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram were all in the twilight years of their careers as McKean was breaking through, and he took up the mantle impressively.
Here’s a look back at how McKean’s success at the European Athletics Indoor Championships was one of the early jewels in a glittering career crown.
The Scot made his major international debut at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh at 22 years old.
It was McKean’s first taste of medals on the international stage when he claimed a silver medal in the 800m, behind Ovett, who took gold.
A few weeks later, he travelled to Stuttgart to pull on his Great Britain vest in the European Championships.
In the final, the Scot was leading heading into the closing stages but was beaten by teammate Sebastian Coe with fellow compatriot Steve Cram completing the podium.
Despite just missing out on the gold, McKean was rewarded with a personal best, dipping under 1 minute 45 seconds for the first time in his career.
Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 1990, just ten minutes away from McKean’s front door.
In the final of the 800m, McKean was aggressive from the off, leading from the front and seeing off challenge after challenge for the lead.
Cheered on by his home crowd, he powered home to secure his first major title of his career and later hat year he added the outdoor European title in Split to his collection of silverware.
McKean led from the front once again and used his trademark kick to pull away from the field in the closing stages to claim the outdoor title.
His two European titles came after 4x400m Commonwealth relay silver for Scotland in Auckland, New Zealand earlier in the year.
Three years later, McKean turned his triumphs on the European stage into a global crown.
At the 1993 World Athletics Indoor Championships, the Scot again controlled the pace from the front and kicked off the last bend to grab gold on the world stage.
Despite outdoor world championship success eluded McKean throughout his career – his best finish being eighth twice, in Stuttgart and Rome – there is no doubting his pedigree and consistency over two laps of the track.