Nisbet and Learmonth miss trials

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Two of Scotland’s top athletes are set to miss this weekend’s British Championships and World Trials at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

Capital high jumper Jayne Nisbet (Edinburgh AC) has been forced to pull out after suffering an accident in the gym which left her with a severely bruised spine and a sprained ankle.

“I was doing step-ups with 70 kg on my back when for some reason my left ankle rolled and I ended up falling back on to my bum,” explained Loughborough-based Nisbet, who has a best this season of 1.85m which is a Scottish Commonwealth Games qualifying standard but is below the required World minimum B standard of 1.92m which could have gained her selection for Moscow next month.

“I hope to be fit enough to compete in the Scottish Championships next month.”

Lasswade’s 800 metres star Guy Learmonth has actually opted to miss the Birmingham meeting after being left out of the GB team for the European Under-23 Championships which begin tomorrow in Tampere, Finland.

Instead he will compete in Saturday’s Jedburgh Games where he will bid to beat the long-standing British professional record for 800m of 1:51.50, set by Jim Gray (Livingston) at Meadowbank in 1975.

At stake is a £600 first prize and Learmonth will be off scratch with Colin Welsh (Hawick) his nearest rival off 30 metres.

“It will be a bit of fun and it should be good,” said his coach Henry Gray.

Learmonth had twice achieved the qualifying standard for Tampere of 1:48.00 but both times were set indoors some months ago.