Kimberley Reed throws new personal best in hammer

Kimberley Reed is in the running for a Commonwealth Games spot. Pic: Jon Savage
Kimberley Reed is in the running for a Commonwealth Games spot. Pic: Jon Savage
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Hammer hope Kimberley Reed (Edinburgh AC) made a bright start to the new season by throwing a personal best of 59.89 metres to finish third in an open meeting at Grangemouth.

Edinburgh University student Reed, 19, was disappointed not to break the 60 metres “barrier”, but she was delighted to have begun her campaign in such good form and moves to fifth on the Scottish All-Time list for the event.

“I know I wanted 61 metres to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, but I’m still pleased,” said Reed.

Ayr’s Rachel Hunter won the contest, smashing her best by nearly two metres as she hurled the 4kg implement 62.76 metres to record her first Commonwealth Games qualifying standard.

Hunter, whose previous best was 60.91m, also exceeded Glasgow 2014 choice Susan McKelvie’s best qualifying distance of 62.65m and moves to third on the Scottish all-time list.

Second and showing a welcome return to form after injury was Mary Erskine former pupil Myra Perkins (Falkirk) with a throw of 60.69m.

If Hunter goes on to secure her second qualifying distance, it could come down to a battle royal between Perkins and Reed for the third spot in the Scottish team.