Allan sets a high standard for jumpers

Allan Smith high jumper
Allan Smith high jumper
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Queensferry high jumper Allan Smith has sprung into contention for selection for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after he broke the Scottish native record with a leap of 2.22 metres at the Emirates Arena.

Competing as a guest in the Scottish Universities Indoor Championships, Smith (20), added two centimetres to the 15-year-old previous best held by David Barnetson.

Allan also smashed his own personal best by five centimetres.

Only one Scot has ever jumped higher, with Geoff Parsons clearing 2.30m indoors in 1986 and 2.31m outdoors in 1994.

Allan’s effort qualifies him for the European Under-23 Championships in Finland in July and it is also five centimetres higher than the Scottish selection qualifying standard for the 2014 Games which does not come into force until April 1

Last weekend’s jump also ranked Allan as the number one senior male high jumper in the UK for the 
season.

He said: “It was the first week of the season and you’re never really certain of how things might go but there’s been a lot of hard work put in and I just started to feel good on the day. I was pleased to get the native record and the qualifying standard for the European Under-23s.”