Decathlon duo land honours on international stage

Liam Ramsay (left) and Aiden Davies
Liam Ramsay (left) and Aiden Davies
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DONCASTER Athletic Club’s Aiden Davies won the Under-17s decathlon competition with a personal best tally of 5,806 points on his England debut in the Home Countries Combined Events International at Stoke’s Norwood Stadium.

Competing in only his second decathlon, Davies recorded six lifetime best performances when finishing more than 500 points clear of his nearest rival.

Davies started with a personal best performance of 11.82 secs in the 100m and followed that up with a leap of 5.99m - his second longest distance - in the long jump.

The shot was a near disaster and it wasn’t until the final throw (10.55m) that he recorded a respectable distance to keep him in the competition

He recovered with a high jump of 1.77 mretres (one centimetre off his personal best) and finally another personal best 51.90 in the 400 metres to finish the first day in second position with 3,121 points - 58 points behind Welsh athlete David Omeregie.

The second day started with the 100m hurdles - Omeregie’s best event. He clocked 13.35 secs - the fifth fastest time in the UK this year for an Under-17 athlete. Despite clocking a new personal best of 14.86 secs, Davies still found himself 228 points behind the Welsh athlete going into the discus.

Davies threw another PB of 36.09m with his second throw and managed to claw back 43 points on the leader, who suffered a re-occurrence of a groin injury and was forced to pull out of the pole vault. Davies posted a PB with a vault of 3.04m which then put him 182 points into the lead.

Omeregie warmed up for the javelin but his injury proved too much to enable him to keep competing, leaving the way free for Davies to take the overall win with a throw of 29.22m and finally a 1,500m run in a time of 04.31.07.

Edlington-based Liam Ramsey, now a member of Sheffield AC, chose to compete in the event as a senior in order to get experience of a decathlon competition using the heavier weight implements in the throws and higher hurdles, a year before he moves up into this age group.

He equalled his electronic-timed PB (11.11) in the 100m. His long jump and high jump were not as good as he hoped, though he had been carrying a bit of a foot problem.

He did, however, have a good shot putt despite using a heavier shot than he had been used to throwing.

After being in second place throughout the day to Scotland’s David Feeney, he finished the first day with a PB of 49.17 sec in the 400m which moved him into the leading position, some 70 points ahead of his Scottish rival.

He saw his lead cut by 48 points after the 110m hurdles. Despite a solid discus and javelin throw with the heavier weight implements and a good pole vault, Ramsey went into the final event, the 1,500m, 18 points behind the Scot. His time of 4.32.58 was almost 18 seconds ahead of his rival and helped secure him a total of 7,115 points - the second highest score of all time by an Under-20 UK athlete competing in a senior decathlon.