Josh Kerr and Laura Muir not only made the Olympic podium in Tokyo but also rewrote Scottish National Records (photos by Sam Mellish and David Pearce)
The scottishathletics Board has ratified a series of high class performances over the summer which saw National Records fall.
Our Records Committee, which is part of the Track and Field Commission, studies performances and the relevant paperwork from Officials and meet organisers where applicable before new marks are confirmed.
Recommendations from the Records Committee as below were agreed at our latest Board Meeting earlier this month.
And that means no fewer than five Senior Records and two U20 Records have now been validated following excellence by Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir (800m and 1500m) Andy Butchart, Josh Kerr and, at U20 level, Bera Ajala and an U20 Women’s 4 x 400m quartet.
The Board would like to thank the volunteers on our Records Committee, led by scottishathletics Historian Arnold Black, for their big contribution to ensures performances are put into context.
The following performances were improvements on existing records and set at a level of meeting that gives automatic acceptance
Senior Women – 5000m: 14:28.55, Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers), Bislett Games & Diamond League Meeting, Oslo, 1 July 2021. Existing record: 14:46.17, McColgan, 2019.
Senior Women – 800m: 1:56.73, Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers), Herculis Meeting & Diamond League Meeting, Monaco, 9 July 2021. Existing record: 1:57.69, Lynsey Sharp, 2016.
Senior Men – 3000m: 7:35.18, Andrew Butchart (Central AC), Muller British Grand Prix, Gateshead, 13 July 2021. Existing record: 7:37.56, Butchart, 2017.
Senior Women – 1500m: 3:54.50, Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers), Olympic Games, Tokyo, 6 August 2021. Existing record: 3:55.22, Muir, 2016.
Senior Men – 1500m: 3:29.05, Josh Kerr (Edinburgh AC), Olympic Games, Tokyo, 7 August 2021. Existing record: 3:29.47, Jake Wightman, 2020.
Bera Ajala set a new U20 Triple Jump record at Grangemouth last August (photo by Bobby Gavin)
U20 Men – Triple jump: 15.89 (+0.8), Berachiah Ajala (Edinburgh AC), Scottish Senior Championships, Grangemouth, 14 August 2021. Existing record: 15.63, Craig Duncan, 1983.
U20 Women – 4 x 400m: 3:43.08, Scotland (Sofia Vidak, Katie Johnson, Rachel Callan, Rebecca Grieve), Manchester International, Manchester, 18 August 2021. Existing record: 3:48.12, Scotland, 2000.
U13 Girls – 70m hurdles: 11.17 (+1.8), Holly Whittaker (Elgin AAC), Scottish U13 Championships (heat), Aberdeen, 29 August 2021. Existing record: 11.30, Emma Dawson & Stephanie O’Neil, 2006.
U13 Girls – 70m hurdles: 11.04 (+1.5), Holly Whittaker (Elgin AAC), Scottish U13 Championships (final), Aberdeen, 29 August 2021. Existing record: 11.30, Emma Dawson & Stephanie O’Neil, 2006
Giffnock North AC set newU17 3 x 800m Record (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Scottish Relay Championships – Linwood, 11 September 2021
U17 Men – 3 x 800m Relay
5:56.94 Giffnock North AC (Reuben Macdonald, Cameron Deverill, Christopher Perkins)
Previous Record: 5:58.14, Kilbarchan AAC, 2013
The following performances were improvements on existing records and set at a level of meeting that required consideration of supporting paperwork.
U17 Women – Shot Putt (3kg) 14.54m, Meghan Porterfield (Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC), scottishathletics Throws and Jumps Grand Prix, Dundee, 26 June 2021. Inaugural 3kg record.
U13 Girls – 70m hurdles: 11.24 (+0.6), Holly Whittaker (Elgin AC), Dunfermline Track and Field Meeting, Dunfermline (Pitreavie), 21 August 2021. Existing record: 11.30, Emma Dawson & Stephanie O’Neil, 2006. 2C.
SIAB International – Derby, 25 September 2021:
U17 Men – 3000m 8:29.42 Corey Campbell. Previous Record: 8:34.06, Grant Muir, 2010
U17 Women – Shot 14.92m Paige Stevens. Previous Record: 14.54, Meghan Porterfield (awaiting ratification)
U17 Women – 4 x 300m Relay
2:38.51 Scottish Schools AA (Sofia Vidak, Madison Murdoch, Katie Johnson, Rebecca Grieve)
Previous Record: 2:40.93, Scottish Schools AA, 2013