Holly sets new bests on day one of Commonwealth heptathlon.

Holly McArthur is 10th after the first day of the heptathlon (pic by Jeff Holmes)
Holly McArthur is 10th after the first day of the heptathlon (pic by Jeff Holmes)

Kilsyth's Holly McArthur is sitting in 10th place after the first day's competition at the Commonwealrh Games heptathlon.

The 18-year-old former Kilsyth Academy pupil amassed a total of 3,270 points from her four opening day events which included two new personal bests.

Holly, the first Scottish Games competitor at the event in 20 years, opened with a solid 100 metres hurdles run of 14.17 seconds.

She then launched the shot 11.58 metres with her second thrown to set the first of her two nes bests.

A brilliant high jump clearance of 1.69 metres followed - five centimetres higher than her previous best - before the Strathclyde University student closed her first day with a 200 metres run of 25.50 seconds.

She said: "I have had a good day and I have loved it.

"The high jump was great and I’m delighted to get up to 1.69. I had been in low 1.60s for a while and felt it was an event I could push on a bit with – and that’s happened here. I also managed a PB in the shot.

"The 200 metres, the last event, wasn’t my best and I just tightened up on the home straight – maybe over the last 50 metres or so.

"But I won’t beat myself up too much about it because I see the whole Gold Coast experience as about learning for me and seeing what I can take from it into future events."

Tomorrow Holly will tackle the long jump and javelin before closing with the gruelling 800 metres.