Oxfordshire triple jumper Nathan Douglas was forced to take second place at the Glasgow Grand Prix yesterday.

Douglas was pipped by just two centimenters by great rival Phillips Idowu.

The Commonwealth champion put Douglas under pressure with a good leap of 17.14m, despite terrible jumping conditions.

Douglas recorded six valid efforts and, despite improving each time he took to the runway, fell agonisingly short on his final attempt and again had to settle for the runners-up spot.

Elsewhere, Craig Pickering shrugged off the disqualification of training partner Jason Gardener to match his personal best in the 100m.

The 20-year-old caused a shock when he beat off the challenge of his experienced rivals to win in 10.22 seconds, the time he set two years ago, and open the door for a spot in the European Cup later in the month.

Gardener, who was expected to be the biggest challenger to pre-race favourite Mark Lewis-Francis saw his ambitions wrecked when he was disqualified for a false start.