Capital middle distance star Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC) dramatically nailed his first Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games qualifying standard at a British Milers Club meeting in Manchester last night.
After narrowly failing to achieve the time in two 800 metres attempts at the weekend, the 19-year-old Loughborough University student made the grade instead in his European Junior Championship-winning distance of 1500m.
Running solo for nearly all of the last two laps, Wightman clocked 3mins 42.0secs, 0.2sec inside the required time.Four other Scots have already achieved the standard: Wightman’s clubmate Chris O’Hare, who has already been picked for the Hampden team; Bristol-based David Bishop, who last week achieved the second of the two mandatory times; former EAC runner Mark Mitchell, who clocked 3:41.93 at Watford last Saturday, and Luke Caldwell, who, with two 5k CGQ times to his credit, will probably opt for the longer event.
Wightman, like Mitchell, needs another sub 3:42.20 time to satisfy the minimum selection requirement. If both do they will give selectors a headache as there are only three places available.
In the women’s hammer, four throwers have reached the standard, though Myra Perkins (Falkirk) needs a second mark to cause a selection dilemma.
Edinburgh University student Rhona Auckland has been named in the 10,000m for the British women’s team of three for the European Cup in Skopje on June 7, joining Kilbarchan’s Callum Hawkins who is in the men’s team of three.
Games pick Guy Learmonth (Lasswade) is in Beijing for the IAAF World Challenge meeting later today where he faces a star-studded 800m field.