I have at last seen the results from Ryan’s decathlon last weekend at Bedford in the South of England under 20 decathlon. He was a clear winner of the event – his 6673 points beat his own under 20 club record set only 3 weeks ago and put him about 1200 points ahead of the second-placed athlete. Just think what he might have scored if he had been pushed a bit harder.
The first day of the competition saw only one new pb for Ryan, but the second day saw 4 pbs out of the 5 events. But let’s go back to the first event where Ryan did 12.03 seconds for the 100 metres, and then he followed this with a 6.21 metres long jump (good to see Ryan now consistently over 6 metres). Then a shot putt of 12.79 metres before a new pb in the high jump with 1.93 metres. And day one ended with 52.17 seconds in the 400 metres.
Day 2 started with a new pb in the 110 metres hurdles of 15.45 seconds to beat his own under 20 club record. (Technical note – under 20 hurdle heights are lower than those used by senior men. Louis Burns, as an under 20, ran 16.1 seconds for the 110 hurdles but this was over senior height hurdles. Ryan hasn’t been over senior height hurdles yet – we’ll have to wait until next year when Ryan becomes a senior man.) A pb and new under 20 club record with the 1.75k discus of 37.57 metres followed before Ryan squeezed another 3 centimetres out of the pole vault to set a new pb and under 20 club record of 3.33 metres. Then nearly 3 metres added on to his previous javelin pb with 54.52 metres before he finished with the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 24.81 seconds.
And, as I’ve already said, that added up to an very impressive score of 6673 points. So once again very well done to Ryan.
We will be talking to a number of our younger athletes about competing in the Sussex (or Surrey) combined events championships which take place in mid-September. We hope that a large number will be inspired by what Ryan has accomplished and will look to take part.
What’s happening over the next few days
Thursday July 24 – under 13 evening match at Horsham. Meet at Horsham by 5.45
Thursday July 24 – no training at Imberhorne.
Friday July 25 – under 15 match at Horsham. Meet at Horsham by 6 or earlier if throwing the hammer.
Saturday July 26 – long/triple jump training at Imberhorne for invited athletes from 10 to 11.30.
Saturday July 28 – academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30.
Sunday July 29 – match for under 17 and under 20 athletes at Lewes.