Decathlete Liam Ramsay targets Rio Olympics spot

Liam Ramsay
Liam Ramsay

Liam Ramsay is eyeing up the Rio 2016 Olympics after an eighth place finish in the European Cup Combined Events competition.

The Edlington decathlete competed in the multi-event competition over the course of the first weekend of July in Aubagne, France.

Ramsay, 22, was the highest placed British competitor and posted a season best score. However, he wasn’t fully satisfied.

“The position was good,” said City of Sheffield AC star Ramsay.

“I’m a bit disappointed with my final score though.

“I wanted to get my personal best, that was my aim.

“I did manage my second best score. I ended up with a score of 7,774, whereas my personal best that I got last year is 7,822.”

Ramsay began preperations for the Southern Decathlon in Bedford in the wake of the Aubagne event and was hoping to qualify for the World Championships later this year in Beijing.

However, he says his main aim going forward is next year’s Olympics.

“To qualify for the World Championships you need 8,075 points,” said Ramsay.

“I’ll be training all out for the Olympic Games now though.

“There’s a decathlon event at the end of the season, and you need 8,100 points to qualify for the Olympics.

“I’m quite confident about getting there.”

Ramsay followed up his European Cup efforts by taking part in the Souther Decathlon at Bedford International Stadium last weekend.

His score of 7,857 was not only a new personal best but also enough to win the event - although not enough to qualify for the World Championships.

“It went pretty well,” said Ramsay. “It wasn’t enough for the World Championships. But hopefully it’ll help set me up for the Olympics.

“It was pretty windy which affected my discuss and my 400 metres.

“But I won the event overall. And now I have more time to fit in meetings at the start of 2016 too in search of the 8,100 target for the Olympics.”