Two Capital athletes, Edinburgh AC clubmates Kimberley Reed and Emily Dudgeon, dramatically stepped up their claims to Glasgow 2014 selection with fine performances at the weekend.
Though neither quite achieved the Commonwealth Games qualifying standards for their events, they both came close enough to suggest that given the right conditions they will hit their targets very soon.
In an unhelpful, near gale-force wind Reed was just 12cm short of the standard for the hammer in finishing second with a throw of 60.88m at the Hammerama throws meeting at Livingston on Saturday.
Winner, 20-year-old Rachel Hunter (Ayr), threw 62.22m for her second Games standard which should be enough to clinch her Glasgow 2014 place, given that she is already topping the 2014 rankings with her best of 62.76m.
Reed, who is still only 19, achieved a World Junior Championship qualifying standard in going over the 60m “barrier” for the first time with her very first throw. Third with 59.83m was Mary Erskine FP Myra Perkins (Falkirk), who had made the long trip north from her Loughborough base for the competition.
Dudgeon, in her first race since illness wrecked her 2013 season, ran 2:03.92 secs for 800m in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday despite little or no opposition.
That was just over a second outside the Games standard of 2:02.80, a time the 21-year-old Cambridge University student might well achieve given the right opposition at next weekend’s Mt SAC Relays in Walnut, California.
Her coach, former pro sprint champion Stuart Hogg, said: “I’d have been pleased with 2:04.0 – it was basically a solo run as the next athlete was more than two seconds behind.”
Dudgeon also jumps to second on the Scottish ranking list for 2014 behind already selected Glasgow University vet student Laura Muir, who clocked 2:00.94 indoors but has still to have her first outdoor race of the season.
Meanwhile, two north athletes added Glasgow 2014 standards at the weekend.
Kirsty Law, from Ross-shire, threw the discus a personal best of 57.15m at a meeting in Loughborough for her third Games qualifying standard and a distance which at the moment puts her fifth in the Commonwealth for 2014.
Rachael MacKenzie (Inverness Harriers) cleared 1.80m in the high jump at an open graded meeting in Inverness yesterday to add to the two similar performances she achieved indoors earlier this year.