Nick Percy records Scottish junior record in the 2kg discus in Oxford
Nick Percy followed up his three recent Scottish Athletics age group titles at Aberdeen with a Scottish junior record in the 2kg discus.
The Isle of Wight-based thrower reached 56.10m at a meeting in Oxford on Sunday, a mark bettering the Glasgow 2014 qualifying standard.
All Commonwealth Games standard performances have to be ratified but his progress proves Percy is a very real contender for Hampden next summer.
His throw this weekend was an improvement on the 55.84m he recorded at the Scottish Senior Champs at Scotstoun earlier in August.
“I’m so happy with a Glasgow 2014 standard throw and a Scottish junior record for the 2kg weight,” tweeted Percy following the competition.
Percy was not the only new name being added the list of Scottish athletes to have reached the Glasgow 2014 standard at least once this weekend.
Guy Learmonth by his own admission has had a difficult season but a race in Antwerp on Saturday evening saw him post 1.47.41 for the 800m.
That’s just inside the 1.47.50 required and Learmonth will now be looking to get under that mark again, either in the remainder of this season or indoors, when one qualifying standard is allowed as per the policy.
“It has been tough this year with a few obstacles but I’m getting into better form now,” said the Lasswade AC athlete. “I feel I am one step closer to Hamdpden now with that time under my belt and it is a case of on to the next race.”
Aberdeen’s Myles Edwards clocked a PB in the 800m in Belgium with 1.50.49, while David Bishop’s 1500m was affected by a trip 200m from the finish. Bishop duly recorded 3.47.14.
Eilish McColgan was in action on the flat on this occasion and the World Championships steeplechase finalist won her 1500m race in a time of 4.13.61.
There was a Glasgow 2014 standard posted too by Sammi Kinghorn over 1500m in Coventry where three Scottish athletes featured in the BMC/Open meet with wheelchair races. Kinghorn recorded domestic PBs in the 100m and 1500m of 18.56 and 4:09.65 respectively and the fastest ever 200m by a Scotswoman with 32.50.
Meggan Dawson Farrell set a 200m PB and a 5000m PB on a day when T33 athlete Jane Egan set PBs across the board.