Former World silver medalist Yamile Aldama, who has become eligible to compete for Britain, could have agonisingly missed out by a hair’s breadth on selection for the forthcoming World Championships in Daegu.

The 38-year-old veteran, who has represented her native Cuba and Sudan in previous top flight championships, was told by British selectors that she had to achieve the A standard of 14.30m straight off on her first outing to be considered for that purpose and she responded by doing exactly that, that is landing precisely at this distance at the UK Women’s League Division match in Winchester on Saturday.

To her disappointment, the following wind read at a slightly over the legal limit 2.6m/sec on the gauge spelling that her last-gasp attempt may have been meant to fail in a heartbreak, on top of a series of bitter late misses or misfortunes by British athletes during the weekend, in a remarkable return to action just 12 months after giving birth at that.

Nevertheless, Aldama also recorded a legal 14.18m in the same competition that lies well within the B qualifying standard and could still entertain hopes of selection on a special clause in the respective policy that empowers Head Coach Charles van Commennee to name athletes that he considers capable of a top eight finishing in London next summer that may not meet the UK Athletics standards but do fulfil the IAAF ones in their stead.

Regardless of what happens when the British team is picked later on today, she can take plenty of heart from her performance and can look on London 2012 with great hopes, where she could form a great leader and inspiration to the likes of Laura Samuel to help draw an event that has struggled since the days of great Ashia Hansen out of the twilight.

Apart from a silver medal at the World Championships in Seville 1999, she was also a bronze medalist for Sudan at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow 2006 and 4th in the Olympics in Sydney 2000 and the World Championships in Helsinki in 2004.

Talking of the triple jump, multi-talented U20 Katarina Johnson-Thompson reached out to a 12.40m (nwi) at the Women’s League Division 3 match in Leeds on Sunday.

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