At the weekend, Aiden Davies competed in Prague for the Senior GB Athletics team in a combined events international, against teams from Spain, France, Czech Republic and Poland.
In the high class event that included 2 Rio Olympic Decathletes, Aiden smashed his overall Heptathlon PB by over 100 points, achieving lifetime personal best performances in 6 out of the 7 individual events. Aiden was the top scoring U23 athlete and the GB team finished the competition in second place overall thanks to equally superb performances from the country’s top decathlete, Ashley Bryant, whose score of 5,975 was only 6 points shy of the British Heptathlon record, and Ben Gregory whose score of 5,770 points was the Welsh record. The fourth member of the team was Doncaster born athlete Liam Ramsay, who scored 5618 points.
The overall competition was won by Jorge Urena with a Spanish record of 6249 points. Ash Bryant was second and the Czech “Golden Boy”, 12th placed Rio Olympic Decathlete, Adam Sebastian Helcelet, was third.
Aiden’s finishing score of 5512 was 111 points up on his National Indoor winning score three weeks previously and 254 points up on what he scored when competing for the GB U23 team in Salamanca, Spain last February. This now puts him in 8th place in the All-time UK ranking for U23 Heptathlon.
Aiden started the competition with the third fastest time, and a PB in the 60m sprint of 7.02 secs.
His long jump of 7.24m was the 6th best of the competition and another big PB for Aiden.
The longest jump of the day was from Ash Bryant with an incredible 7.79m.
Aiden’s shot putt of 13.17m was another PB and he finished the day with a High Jump PB of 1.92, narrowly failing to clear 1.95m.
At the end of day 1, Aiden was lying in 8th overall place, out of 21 athletes that started the competition.
Aiden vaulted well and was unlucky to not clear 4.50, finishing with a PB clearance of 4.40m.
The highest clearance of the day was by GB athlete Ben Gregory who vaulted 5.20m
In search of a perfect record of 7 out of 7 PBs, Aiden lined up for the start of the 1000m. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be as he got elbowed and almost pushed to the ground as the athletes set-off, leaving him the task of having to run from the back and pass the pack to get back into his customary fast paced rhythm. He finished with a time of 3 seconds off his PB.