Lynsey Sharp: Scottish athlete in Twitter row over Glasgow silver

English 5,000m runner Andy Vernon has apologised to Scotland's Lynsey Sharp after a Twitter row over her winning silver in the Commonwealth Games 800m.

Sharp, 24, finished second in Glasgow on Friday, less than a day after being on a hospital drip because of illness.

Vernon was critical of her reaction to her performance in several comments on the social media website.

But later Vernon, 28, apologised and tweeted:  "What started as a joke got out of hand."

After Sharp had written that she planned to buy a Chanel handbag after winning a medal, Vernon said she should "mention it now and again".

But the Scot retorted: "It's not my fault cross country doesn't get quite as much publicity."

The pair then exchanged insults on the social media website, including Sharp referring to Vernon  as "Andy Vermin".

Sharp and Vernon's exchange on Twitter

Sharp: "Just remembered I promised myself a Chanel handbag if I won a medal."

Vernon "You won a medal? You should mention it now and again."

Sharp: "It's not my fault cross-country doesn't get quite as much publicity."

Vernon: "Self-publicity isn't quite the same. And I don't use a drip to get my medals."

Sharp: "Andy Vermin, I had 5ml of fluid through a drip, about the same volume as one tear I just cried looking at your performances."

Vernon: "It's not about who's better. It's about how you use Twitter. Be proud of your medal. You just don't need to tell us every day."

Vernon (later): "I will formally apologise to Lynsey Sharp when I see her, but for now please accept my apologies. What started as a joke got out of hand."