Sheffield decathlete UK No 1

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After enjoying numerous successes in the octathlon, Sheffield athlete Joe Hobson decided to up his game and take on two more challenges in the decathlon.

But there was no beginner’s luck for the teenager, as he travelled to Holland to take part in his first ever decathlon event - and returned from the Weorden Championships as the number-one ranked decathlete for his age in the United Kingdom!

The victory capped a great year for Hobson, who recovered from a dislocated kneecap in February to become the English Schools champion last month, earning the chance to represent England in a home countries international at the Commonwealth arena in Glasgow, on December 13.

“Winning the English schools championships was my main goal this year and to have achieved everything, including competing in Holland and achieving the number one ranking in both octathlon and decathlon, is something I am very proud of.

“I am very grateful to my coaches and my family for their support. I am now honoured to be representing England again in December, and already looking forward to the challenges that next year will bring.”

At the English Schools event, held at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston, Lincolnshire, Amy Hodgson came fifth in the senior women heptathlon competition with a score of 4418 points.

Amy, who is currently ranked ninth in the UK for under 20 women, was also part of the South Yorkshire team which came first in the team competition.