COMMONWEALTH Games high jumper Jayne Nisbet is in confident mood as she prepares to compete in the Scottish National Open at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow tomorrow.
The Edinburgh AC jumper opened her winter season in superb fashion as she recorded her best-ever indoor performance last weekend in Loughborough, where she is based.
Nisbet cleared a height of 1.84 metres, three centimetres better than her previous best indoors, taking her to third on the Scottish all-time rankings.
But the 25-year-old fitness adviser was actually disappointed. “I wanted to start off with a Scottish record in my first competition,” said Nisbet, who demonstrated her intent by moving the bar up by four centimetres rather than the usual two or three, to 1.88 metres. “I just clipped it off with my heels but it is only January after all,”
Nisbet has still to overtake her Games rival and clubmate Emma Nuttall (1.85m) on the indoor ranking list and Nuttall, who is currently studying at Trinity Western University in Vancouver, has an outdoor best of 1.87m which she set in taking the British title last season.
By contrast, another Capital Games choice high jumper Allan Smith was off form in a men’s contest in Birmingham as he finished seventh with a leap of 2.10m compared to his best of 2.26m.