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Mark Dry hopes Olympic place is in his range

Watching the European Championships on television stung a little for Mark Dry, even as the euphoria of winning a Commonwealth Games bronze medal continued to circulate through his veins.

"It's devastating not to be there," said the 27-year-old hammer thrower.

Yet if the man mountain from Moray wished to make a pointed statement of his value, then his efforts at the Scottish Championships in Kilmarnock spoke volumes for his upscaled ambitions in the wake of Glasgow.

Amid often appalling conditions over the weekend, many members of Team Scotland returned to reality with a bump. Dry, however, was able to resume his domestic scrap with fellow Hampden finalists Chris Bennett and Andy Frost. Once again, he towered above his rivals.

His victorious effort of 74.63 metres was the furthest by a British athlete in 2014 and surpassed the championship record he established at Scotstoun two years ago. It seems unlikely to be the limit of his achievements, with a place at the 2016 Olympics now his target.

"My mind moves straight on away," said Dry. "I might take a week off but I'm just desperate to get on with training. I want to be stronger, I want to be faster. I'm going to make technical changes. I believe I'm capable of being the first Brit over 80 metres."

Other athletes battling with emotional fatigue brought on by the Commonwealths. Sarah Warnock slashed through the winds to take the long jump title, while her Edinburgh AC club-mate Emily Dudgeon held off Katy Brown to win the 800m.

And while Kirsty Yates breezed to the shot putt crown, it was only her first outing of a busy day that would lead her back to her Dumfriesshire home. "I'm appearing at the village fete and I'm headed from here to take part in the first shot competition back in Haugh of Urr," she said.

"We're a close-knit community. My folks run a pub where I work part of the week and when I was competing at the Commonwealths they put the live stream up on a screen. They had people peering through the windows to see what was going on."

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