Eilidh Child sets new record over hurdles

Kicking on: Eilidh Child also secured a World Championship qualifying time. Picture: Bobby Gavin
Kicking on: Eilidh Child also secured a World Championship qualifying time. Picture: Bobby Gavin
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Eilidh Child beat her own Scottish national record and secured the World Championship qualifying standard in winning the 400 metres hurdles in 54.93 seconds at the Athletica Invitation meeting in Geneva on Saturday night.

Enjoying better conditions than the Scots who opted for Oordegem in Belgium, Child, who also achieved her second Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games standard, shaved 0.03 seconds off her previous best set at the same Swiss meeting last year.

The 26-year-old Pitreavie club member, who runs again in Montreuil in France tonight, was delighted to achieve all her goals in one go. “I’m very pleased with that and the fact remains that it still feels early season – hopefully there are better performances to come.”

Also in Geneva, Jade Nimmo (Falkirk) won the long jump with a leap of 6.26 metres and Jayne Nisbet (Edinburgh) cleared 1.83m to win the high jump for two more Commonwealth qualifying standards.

Ryan Oswald (Pitreavie) set a season’s fastest 100m time of 10.65 secs and also took the 200m in 21.32 secs to lead the season’s Scottish rankings.

Tom Holligan (Edinburgh AC) was second in the 200m in 21.60 but both men have still much to do to qualify for Glasgow 2014. Paisley’s Lennie Waite dipped under 10 minutes for the 3000m steeplechase with a Games qualifying 9:56.46 in Belgium where the temperatures were chilly.

Edinburgh-based 400m runner Jamie Bowie managed 47.21, just .01 outside his season’s best, and Gemma Nicol (Dunfermline) opened her one-lap account with 53.38.

Meanwhile, in Bedford, Capital hammer-thrower Andy Frost not only bagged another Commonwealth qualifier with a season’s best heave of 70.81m, but also clinched a rare victory over fellow Scot Mark Dry (70.44m), with Chris Bennett third with 65.17m, also a qualifier. Shot-putter Kirsty Yates (EAC) grabbed her first Commonwealth qualifying standard with a throw of 15.66m in the same meeting.

Guy Learmonth (Lasswade) was out of luck in his Commonwealth quest at the BMC meeting in Manchester on Saturday night, however. He faded to sixth in the A 800m in 1:49.58 but Jake Wightman (EAC) took the B race in 1:49.27. Laura Whittle (née Kenny) brought the number of Scottish qualifiers up to 28 by running the 5000m in 15:39.47, five seconds inside the target time.