Edinburgh student Ray Bobrownicki set a new Scottish Native high jump record of 2.28 metres in the latest Scottish League match at Grangemouth Stadium.
Probably one of the least well known of Scotland’s team for Glasgow 2014, the American-born athlete, who became eligible when he was granted a British passport last February, added a huge eight centimetres to the previous record held by David Barnetson since 1997.
Bobrownicki was competing against his Glasgow 2014 fellow high jumpers David Smith (Glasgow), who cleared 2.24m, and Allan Smith (Edinburgh), who cleared 2.20m after only managing 2.15m in the Diamond League meeting last Friday night.
Bobrownicki, whose previous best of 2.22m was set in 2011, cleared the first five heights from 2.00m first time, then cleared 2.24m second time and 2.28m second time before attempting to equal Geoff Parsons’ national record of 2.31m set in Canada 20 years ago.
“We were kept hanging around waiting for over an hour and I probably took too many jumps but If I can keep up this kind of form the next few weeks are going to be a lot of fun,” said the 30-year-old.
At the same meeting Lasswade’s Greg Louden, who is in the Scottish 4x400m relay squad for the Games, set a new best of 21.49 secs for the 200 metres just ahead of another relay squad member Jamie Bowie (21.52 secs) which put them second and third in the 2014 Scottish rankings.
Meanwhile, Capital long jumper Sarah Warnock (EAC) lost to Glasgow 2014 teammate Jade Nimmo (Falkirk) in Donnas, Italy, Nimmo reaching 6.19m to Warnock’s 6.10m, and unlucky James McLachlan, who so narrowly missed out on long jump selection, won the triple jump with a leap of 15.48m.