Emily Dudgeon posts 800m Commonwealth Games time

Emily Dudgeon posted a Commonwealth Games qualifying time in the 100 metres at Walnut, California. Picture: Getty
Emily Dudgeon posted a Commonwealth Games qualifying time in the 100 metres at Walnut, California. Picture: Getty
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Cambridge University medical student Emily Dudgeon (Edinburgh AC) successfully posted her first Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games qualifying standard for the 800 metres despite an erratic pacemaker and despite being in the Elite Women’s B race in the Mt SAC Relays at Walnut, California.

Dudgeon, a World Junior Championship finalist in 2012 whose athletics career stalled last year due to illness, won in 2:02.67 to nudge inside the target time of 2:02.80.

It is also the second fastest time by a Scot this year behind the already named Glasgow 2014 choice Laura Muir.

Dudgeon found herself 20 metres in the lead after the first lap, the pacemaker having gone through in 57 seconds, but did well to maintain her composure and just held off the fast-closing pack as the first eight runners in the race all went under 2:04.0.

Second was Savannah Camacho (Oklahoma State) in 2:02.84 and third Shelby Houlihan (Arizona State) in 2:02.96.

Club-mate Emma Nuttall (Trinity Western) was fourth equal in the women’s high jump, clearing 1.80m before having three failures at 1.85m, which proved to be the winning height of Barbara Szabo (Western State).

Mark Dry (Burghead), who like Nuttall is already selected for Glasgow 2014, was third in the hammer with a throw of 72.12m, which leads the season’s Scottish rankings. Winner Marcel Lomnicky of Slovakia threw a massive 76.77m.

A Glasgow 2014 qualifying standard of 5.25m in the pole vault by former EAC clubman Gregor MacLean, his ninth, a Scottish rankings 2014 and personal best of 58.00 metres by already chosen Nick Percy in the discus and a 5000m Games standard of 13:33.28 in the 5000m by Dorking’s Luke Caldwell, his second, were other highlights.

MacLean and Caldwell will probably have booked their places for Hampden in July while Dudgeon needs one more time to clinch her place.

Almost in the frame is Lasswade’s Ross Matheson (New Mexico), who clocked a new best of 3:43.27 for 1500m in the Brian Clay Invitational in California, just over a second outside the Glasgow 2014 target.