Doncaster Athletic Club's Aiden Davies stars for Great Britain in Indoor International in Prague

Doncaster Athletic Club's Aiden Davies smashed his personal best points haul when helping Great Britain finish second in a prestigious five-team Combined Events Indoor International in Prague.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 11:24 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:06 am
Aiden Davies. Photo: Andy Davies
Aiden Davies. Photo: Andy Davies

The top-scoring Under-23 athlete over the weekend, which saw him compete against a team from the host country as well as Spain, France and Belgium, Davies scored 5,512 points to climb up to eighth place in the all-time UK Under-23 heptathlon rankings.

Davies set new personal best performances in six of the seven events, starting with a time of 7.02 seconds in the 60m sprint – the third fastest time of the 21 athletes – who included two 2016 Olympic decathletes.

He leapt to a new record (7.24m) in the long jump and finished off the first day of competition with new lifetime bests in both the shot putt (13.17m) and high jump (1.92m).

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Starting the second day lying eighth overall, Davies dropped down four places after the 60m hurdles despite setting a new personal best of 8.84 seconds.

He was more competitive in the pole vault clearing another PB of 4.40m and was unlucky not to go even higher.

His hopes of also improving upon his previous best in the last event of the day, the 1,000m, weren’t helped at the start when he was elbowed and almost fell to the ground.

He worked hard to get back in contention from the back but had to settle for a time three seconds outside his best.

Former Doncaster team-mate Liam Ramsey posted a score of 5618 points to finish fourth overall in the competition.

n Doncaster’s Carl Ryde took the honours in the Ferriby 10 mile road race.

It was his seventh win in the race in the last eight years and his time of 53 minutes 48 seconds was his fastest over the distance since 2013.

Club captain Martin James broke the hour mark for the first time when finishing 14th in a time of 59.17.