Photo by Mark Shearman (at Bedford the previous week to Dundee)
Dundee proved an excellent venue for our Throws and Jumps GP event on Saturday – with a series of fine performances offering encouragement to athletes and coaches.
This was the second event for our jumpers and throwers and it was good to have almost 200 competing.
Triple jumper Bera Ajala had won the England Athletics U20 title the week before in Bedford and he brought that good form to Tayside.
Coached by John Scott, Bera leapt out to 15.64m with the +2.2 wind reading only slightly taking the shine off that terrific effort.
It was beyond the Euro U20 qualifying target (15.55) and would have been a Scottish U20 Record but for the windy verdict. Craig Duncan holds that Record at 15.63m.
Cameron Forbes certainly enjoyed his high jump competition as he enjoyed a double PB – first clearing 1.94m and then 1.97m. The Edinburgh U20 athlete is coached by Keith Ridley and Moira Maguire.
There was also good jumping by Para athlete Steven Stone of Falkirk Victoria Harriers with 6.10m in long jump.
— Allan Hamilton (@AllanHammy) June 26, 2021
Meghan Porterfield led the way in the throws with another U17 shot put effort (subject to ratification). Meghan reached 14.54m with a fine performance.
Also in the shot, Scotland international Teddy Tchoudja came up with a strong throw for 14.14m – fourth best on the all-time U20 list.
Mhairi Porterfield took on the hammer in the Throws and it was good to see Red Star AC duo, Kirsty Soutar and Graham Condie, in the Seated Throws event.
Mhairi threw out to 49.18 for a V40 Scottish best and just shy of that distance was U20 athlete Rachel Maclennan of Inverness Harriers – with a new club record at 48.92m
As always, we emphasise our thanks to our dedicated team of scottishathletics Officials for their assistance in making the Throws and Jumps GP happen – as well as local volunteers.
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Fantastic day for @InvHarriersAAC throws athletes competing @scotathletics throws and jumps grand prix 9 PBs
Were had plus Rachel Maclennan for the 4th time this season setting a club record of 48,70m thanks to officials and @AliGrey73 for the opportunity @hlhceo @HNM_WClark pic.twitter.com/rFwtZa3ZfP
— Duncan Flockhart (@FlockhartDuncan) June 26, 2021