Scottish Athletes book Glasgow 2014 places

Jayne Nisbet cleared 1.82m in the Czech Republic
Jayne Nisbet cleared 1.82m in the Czech Republic
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Three more Scottish athletes strengthened their chances of being chosen for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by surpassing the qualifying standard for their event.

Former Capital clubman Gregor MacLean (Montrose) surely underlined his claims to a pole vault place by clearing a Scottish Native indoor record 5.30 metres, his sixth qualifying height, before attempting 5.41m which would have beaten his national best.

Edinburgh University student Ray Bobrownicki cleared the required 2.17m in the high jump for his second qualifying height and also took the title.

Edinburgh Athletic club athlete Gillian Cooke did not quite achieve a Commonwealth Games qualifer but she did qualify for next weekend’s British Championships and World Indoor Trials at Sheffield with a long jump of 6.08m, just three cms behind clubmate and Glasgow choice Sarah Warnock, who won with a season’s indoor best of 6.11m.

Cooke, the former World bobsleigh champion, who was not selected for the coming Winter Olympics because of her age, was still with the GB bob squad a week ago and managed to fit in only one long-jump session before yesterday’s meeting.

“I came out to see what I could do – I knew I was in good shape,” said Cooke who has nudged into second place ahead of Jade Nimmo in the Scottish indoor rankings.

Cooke, still Scottish indoor record-holder with 6.43m, is encouraged to believe she can now achieve the 6.20m required Glasgow 2014 standard.

Training partner Allan Hamilton, who won the men’s title with a leap of 7.42m, has also every right to believe he can reach his Games target of 7.65m, twice having no-jumps close to the marker cone. He also won the 60m in a personal best of 6.87 secs.

Kathryn Christie (EAC) won both sprints in personal bests of 7.56 secs (60m), and 24.20 secs (200m).

Elsewhere, two Edinburgh high jumpers who have already qualified for the games, Emma Nuttall and Jayne Nisbet, had encouraging results. Nuttall jumped another qualifier in Seattle of 1.81m before a close attempt at a new Scottish indoor record of 1.87m, while Nisbet cleared 1.82m in the Czech Republic.