Time is running out for reigning European champion Ashia Hansen to defend her title in Gothenburg next month after she failed to attain the necessary qualify-ing standard in the latest stage of her comeback in Berne.
In only her second appear-ance since returning from a two-year lay-off the 35-year-old triple jumper covered only 13.35 metres when competing for an England team at an international meeting in Switzerland - 30 centimetres shorter than her first effort ten days ago.
That leaves the Birchfield Harrier with limited opportunities to jump the 14.10m required by selectors at UK Athletics with this weekend's deadline fast approaching.
Hansen returned at the AAA in Manchester just over a week ago and came up with 13.65m with her last effort to finish second in the competition. While some performances at Sport City were compromised by the punishing sunshine, it was high winds that affected results in Berne.
With no triple jump competition on the programme at this Friday's London Grand Prix Hansen will have to find another competition, possibly at midweek events in Helsinki or Stockholm, to have one last try.
The distance is well within the former world indoor gold medallist's range but, having had her career blighted by a knee injury since June 2004, she knows she is up against it.
Hansen's team-mate at Perry Barr, Amy Harris, had a much more enjoyable weekend as she won the Under 20 long jump at the age-group AAA at Bedford, setting a personal best in the process.
Harris' leap of 6.40m - a 2cm increase - beat fellow Stag Jade Surman into second place with the multi-eventer covering 6.27m, also a lifetime best.
The result was pleasing for Selly Oak resident Harris after her disappointing dis-play at the senior national championships and suggests she has shaken off the troublesome hamstring that was threatening to derail her bid for global glory at the World Juniors in Beijing in just over three weeks' time.
Meanwhile, shot-putter Eden Francis, a Leicester Coritanian who also competes for Birchfield, ended the championships with two medals after taking on both the Under 23s and rivals in her own Under-20 age group.
Francis claimed bronze in the older event on Saturday before throwing to within 4cm of her personal best the following day to claim the title and beat club-mate Liz Millard into third.
Under-23 high jumper Tom Parsons' hopes of making it to Gothenburg did not improve after he finished second to Adam Scarr and moved no closer to the development standard of 2.25m.
Strong winds and heavy cloud hampered performances towards the latter stages of the competition and Parsons could not improve on the 2.19m he posted a week earlier.
With only one place in the team remaining, Scarr claiming the title and having already attained the requisite height, Parsons' chances of making it to Sweden look to be disappearing.
Scarr's winning jump of 2.22m came in near-hurricane winds when the officials were doing all they could to stop the scoreboard blowing away.
Another Leicester runner, Grant Baker who also works with Birchfield, followed up his fifth place in Manchester with victory in the Under-20 400m, timing 46.98 seconds, ahead of Kris Clarke.
Dudley & Stourbridge's Jessica Leach won the Under-20 high jump with 1.82m and has been selected for the team to go to Beijing next month.
Royal Sutton Coldfield's Laura Kenney picked up silver in the Under-23 1500m in 4:22.05, Jo Blair was second in the women's javelin while Alex van der Merwe won the men's.