Capital hammer hero Chris Black was at Loughborough yesterday to see his 33-year-old Scottish National record beaten at last by a man he used to coach in Edinburgh, Mark Dry.
Glasgow 2014 Scottish rep Dry did not just beat Black’s record of 75.40 metres, he smashed it with a heave of 76.93m, which beat his own previous best by more than two metres and is a qualifying distance for this year’s World Championships in Beijeng.
“To be fair to Chris he was delighted to see it go and gave me a big hug,” said Dry, who once was forced to train on a strip of disused tarmac near Edinburgh Airport but is now based at Loughborough, where he was competing in the annual representative match there.
“It’s just about getting it right on the day and I’ve always believed I could reach this kind of distance,” he said.
“I was getting close to it back in 2012. but I may need to do it again to ensure I get picked for Beijeng.”
Edinburgh University student Rhona Auckland is another within sight of World and Olympic selection after she won the British 10,000m championship at the Highgate Harriers meeting in London in the fifth fastest time ever by a Scottish athlete behind Liz McColgan, Yvonne Murray and Kathy Butler.
Auckland’s time of 28:28.32 is still some 13 seconds outside the Rio 2016 target, but with another year to go she should be well capable of achieving it.
The final year medical sciences student however is more interested this year in selection for the European Under-23 Championships in Estonia.
Another sensational performance at Loughborough yesterday was Cameron Tindle’s third place in the 200m in 20.94 seconds which puts the 16-year-old Edinburgh AC member third on the Scottish junior all-time list behind David Jenkins and Ian Mackie and top of this season’s British under-20 rankings.
Scottish captain Lynsey Sharp made a low-key first 800m appearance of the season at Manchester on Saturday night, winning in 2:02.23 while Emily Dudgeon (EAC) made her season’s debut in the international, winning comfortably in 2:04.67.
Another Scottish record fell in Los Angeles at the weekend, Jax Thoirs adding 12 centimetres to his own national pole vault record with a leap of 5.65m.