Emma Nuttall equals high jump record of 25 years

Emma Nuttall. Pic: Greg Macvean
Emma Nuttall. Pic: Greg Macvean
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Emma Nuttall (Edinburgh AC), the British high jump champion, has equalled the Scottish indoor record of 1.86 metres at a meeting in Seattle.

Competing for Trinity Western University, Vancouver, the 21-year-old history student who has already been picked by Scotland for Glasgow 2014, equalled a record set by Dingwall’s Jayne Barnetson in 1989.

The Tynecastle High FP went on to have a close try at 1.89m for a new national indoor record, though Barnetson still holds the outdoor record at 1.91m.

“I’m very pleased as I wasn’t expecting that,” said Nuttall. “I had a good pop at 1.89m so I’m looking forward to the coming year.”

Nuttall’s close Capital rival and club-mate Jayne Nisbet, who had opened her season the previous weekend with a 1.84m leap, her best indoors, confessed to being a “bit flat” after winning her event at Saturday’s Scottish National Open at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, with a more modest effort of 1.80m.

“I wasn’t too surprised – I was all over the shop,” said Nisbet who, after clearing 1.80m on her third attempt, had three failures at 1.85m which would have been a new indoor best.

There was nothing flat about Scottish No.1 Jamie Bowie’s opening 400 metres race.

The 24-year-old Edinburgh-based Bowie clocked 47.09 secs, the fastest by a British athlete this year, to chop nearly half a second off his best time indoors and go to second on the Scottish all-time list.

Only Brian Whittle, who ran 45.98 in 1988, has gone faster indoors.

“It was a good opener,” said Bowie, whose big aim is to make the Scottish Commonwealth Games team.

But first he has the Sainsbury’s International in Glasgow next Saturday against Great Britain, USA and a Commonwealth Select, who will comprise the Bahamas Olympic gold medal-winning quartet.

Worryingly for Scotland’s 4 x 400m relay hopes, Bowie was more than one and a half seconds faster than the next best in his race, Lasswade’s Greg Louden.

Almost certain to come into the relay reckoning will be Guy Learmonth (Lasswade), who like Bowie clocked the fastest time in Britain so far in winning the 800 metres in 1:49.65.

“It’s my fastest ever opener to the indoor season and it felt more like a training run,” said the Berwick-based Scot who has already been picked for Glasgow 2014 and is just back from warm-training in Tenerife. “It’s just a warm-up for the 600 metres at the Emirates next Saturday.”

Allan Hamilton (Edinburgh) set a personal best of 7.44 metres in the final round of the long jump to beat favourite John Carr (7.38m) and go third on the Scottish all-time indoor rankings.