Last Weekend Aiden Davies competed for the GB Athletics team in Spain at an international match against teams from Spain and France. The competition was the inaugural event at the newly opened indoor facility in Salamanca, which boasted the largest indoor track in Spain – a 7 lane 200m and 9 lane 60m tracks.
Aiden jointly captained the U23/U20 Combined Events teams with double World Junior champion Morgan Lake. Morgan, currently World Junior Heptathlon and High Jump champion (and last weekend crowned British Senior High Jump champ), is still only 18 but competed in the U23 age group and easily won with a score just of 4519 points, only 116 shy of the World Junior record. She has now been selected to represent GB in the pentathlon at the Senior World Indoor champs in Oragon, USA later this month.
Aiden himself had a good competition against very strong opposition from some of the best U23 multi-events athletes in Europe, finishing the competition with a PB score of 5258 points, just one point short of the UK leading points score for 2016 held by World Juniors Decathlete David Hall, set at the Senior International in France in January.
Aiden started the competition well by winning the 60m sprint with a PB time of 7.04 secs.
He achieved another PB in the next event, the Long Jump, with his third jump of 6.94m.
The Shot put was another good event for Aiden, yet another PB of 12.86m.
Unfortunately the run of good form didn’t continue and due to an ankle stain, Aiden couldn’t commit fully during the High Jump and ended up with a highest jump of 1.84m.
Day 2 started with the 60m hurdles, which Aiden managed to finish in a time of 8.95 secs but not before injuring himself further in the process.
It was touch and go whether Aiden would be able to compete in the Pole Vault at all, but thanks to the magic strapping of his ankle by the GB Physios, and a combination of pain killers and adrenalin, he went on to achieve an equal PB vault of 4.20m, just missing clearance at 4.30m.
Aiden went out strong in the 1000m and finished the comp with a creditable run of 2:42.93.
Aiden was the highest scoring GB U23 athlete and finished in 5th place overall.