SHANE FENTON reports from INVERARAY CASTLE
The 2017 World Caber champion is from Scotland with Blair Atholl's Lorne Colthart taking the title. 13 competitors contested the event with Lorne emerging as the first Scottish winner for a number of years.
Lukasz Wenta broke the World record in the 56lb Weight over the Bar.
Lukasz who became the new World Heavy events champion at Loch Lomond 3 days earlier launched the weight to a height of 17' 3'' to eclipse the previous record of 17' 1.5'' set in 2005 by Kyrol Chuprinine of the Ukraine at Loch Lomond.
Lukasz is originally from Poland but has resided in Scotland for 6 years.
The weight was taken away by SHGA officials to be calibrated as the record requires to be ratified by the association.
Temperatures of 25c at Winterton Park which is situated in the shadow of Inverary Castle took it's toll on many of the athletes who were competing on the circuit for the fourth day in a row.
It was good to see former Scottish jumps champion David Watson attend the games with a large contingent of his Glasgow School of Sport junior athletes who took part in the running and jumping events.
There was good competition in the Open jumps competitions. Three of the senior athletes Angus Sinclair,Edinburgh AC Franz Bayer,Germany and Praise Olatoke,Glasgow School of Sport made attempts on the SHGA High Jump record, all just failing.
Only inches seperated the first three in the Long Jump with Angus Sinclair's leap of 19' 11'' just pipping Aidan Quinn 19' 9'' and Praise Olatoke 19' 7''.
There was a notable performance in the triple jump with 4th ranked Scot Aidan Quinn,Shettleston beating the ground record which was previously held by his coach David Watson. David's jump of 45' 3'' had stood since 2011 before Aidan bettered it with new figures of 46' 6.5''.
The Open 90 metres went to Ben Coates,Oban in 9.37s. Lee Goodfellow,TLJT produced his best performance of the day to win the 200 metres in 22.92. The towering Cameron Clamp,TLJT strode clear of his rivals to win the 400 metres 48.05.
There was further Borders success in the 800 metres with victory going to Colin Welsh in 1:59.31.
Jack Ellis,Preston Harriers out-battled Derek Scott, Hawick to win the 1600 metres. Scott had to settle for the runners up spot again in the 3200 metres where victory went to Scott McGeachy,Campbeltown in 10:07.31.
Laura Ferguson,Glasgow School of Sport was the victor in the Women's 1500 metres in 5:32.09.
The cycling events were boosted by the appearance of Olympic Gold medalist and World and European Champion Katie Archibald MBE. It was of no surprise she found competing on a rain softened grass track a completly different ball game to the terrain she is used to performing on. She did however get a great reception from the big crowd and managed to win the 3200 metres handicap. Paul Gallacher of Kirkcaldy landed a double with wins in the 800 metres and Deil tak the Hindmost with Stevie Jackson,Glasgow the victor in the 1600 metres.
Published: 2017-07-19 16:02:04