Jade sets the standards for Glasgow

Long jumper Jade Nimmo, from Hallglen, is currently training in Florida.

Long jumper Jade Nimmo, from Hallglen, is currently training in Florida.

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Long jumper Jade Nimmo has cleared the distance required for entry into next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She leapt 6.31m and 11cm over the Scottish qualification mark at the Tom Jones Memorial event in Gainesville, Florida.

That’s put the 22-year-old from Hallglen in pole position for selection to next summer’s showpiece. Speaking to The Falkirk Herald from her training base in Florida, where she’s staying with four other Grangemouth Stadium athletes and coaches she said: “I had jumped over the standard at 6.29m then the 6.31m.

“It’s good and I’m on course, but my aims for this season are to be increasing my distance to 6.55m and hopefully furthering my Scottish record.”

Nimmo set that last year and says living with fellow athletes in the USA is increasing competion between the athletes.

“Allan Smith made the Commonwealth standard shortly before I did mine. That was motivation and it worked.”

Nimmo returns to Scotland on Sunday and leaps into degree exams at Napier University next week before heading to Spain for more competition.

“I made the standard,” she added, “but I need to stay focussed and show current form next year to make the 
Games.”