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McNally could make long-jump switch to help Commonwealth Games chances


By Staff Reporter


Alness athlete Abbie McNally could shift focus next season with a view to winning a place at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The double silver-winning World Para Athletics Junior Championships sprint medallist is considering increasing efforts in the long jump.

After a superb season on the track, the 18-year-old could also add the 400 metres to her repertoire if she and coach Charlie Forbes decide it offers a route to longer-term international success.

Abbie McNally could switch focus to the long-jump to give herself the best chance of competing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.044168
Abbie McNally could switch focus to the long-jump to give herself the best chance of competing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.044168

McNally, fresh from winning another gold at the British Under-20 Championships at Bedford last weekend, is approaching a rest period after great success this year.

“In 2022, when the Commonwealth Games come to Birmingham, there will be an inclusive team,” Forbes said.

“There may be a wee change in focus for Abbie to help improve her performances in the long jump, although we imagine the qualifying criteria will be tough.

“It is something we will look at – and Abbie is keen to do that.

“Then there is possibly 400 metres where, in world terms, she could make a big impact.

“It might be a better event for her in the long term, but certainly 200m will still be a focus.”

Read more in today's Ross-shire Journal.



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