Jake Wightman clinches 800m universities crown

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Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC) won the British Universities 800 metres title for Loughborough University at Bedford yesterday.

Wightman, the 2013 European Under-20 1500 metres champion, was a convincing title winner in 1:49.71, surging away powerfully on the second and final lap.

That was his third race of the weekend as, following his impressive heat win in a Scottish season-leading 1:48.69 on Saturday, the 19-year-old Fettesian had a semi-final the following day which he won in 1:50.11.

With a clutch of runners all chasing 1500 metres qualifying times for the possible two places in the Glasgow 2014 team, Wightman decided to concentrate on trying to secure the 800 metres qualifying standard of 1:47.50.

“He hasn’t a lot of time left as he needs two qualifiers before June 7,” said father and coach Geoff.

Two more Scots achieved CGQs in the USA at the weekend, Stephen Lisgo squeezing under the 3k steeplechase standard of 8:40.0 with a time of 8:39.35 and Luke Caldwell adding a 10k standard to his two 5k times, again by the slenderest of margins, running 28:59.63 to dip under 29 minutes but Lisgo needs another of the same or better.

Caldwell could be added to the Scottish team when additional names are announced tomorrow.

Given the ridiculously hard qualifying standards for the men’s sprints there was never a lot of chance that former Commonwealth Youth Games 200 metres champion Tom Holligan would make the Glasgow 2014 team but it is disappointing to see the former Edinburgh AC star, now at Aberdeen University, struggling to regain his best form at Bedford.

After winning his heat in 22.28 secs Holligan went out in his semi-final yesterday clocking 22.45 secs into a -1.5 mps wind.

Lasswade’s Greg Louden (Napier) was fourth in the 400 metres and Aberdeen’s Zoe Clark third in the women’s 400m.

Glasgow’s Beth Potter (Loughborough) took the women’s 5000 metres in 16:03.59.