Jack Turner excelled at the U18 European Champs in Gyor, on 7th & 8th July. The 16-year-old started perfectly taking advantage of a strong tailwind throughout the 100m heats. Turner ran a personal best of 11.17 (+3.4) in the fourth heat, taking 823 points.
In the long jump Turner used the favourable tailwind to his advantage exceeding his PB. Turner leapt 6.99m (+4.0) in the final round to earn 811 points. Those tallies left him in 6th on 1634 points.
On the field Turner once again produced a lifetime best in the shot put (5kg). An effort of 13.05m, which was a remarkable improvement by 48cm, moved him to tenth position after three events on 2304 points.
The high jump yielded a 1.94m clearance, slightly below his best, whilst the 400m saw a further PB 50.67.
Day 2 saw 3 more PBs; 110mH 14.07 (+1.6), Pole Vault 3.70m and Javelin (700g) 52,22m. A best of 39.74m was recorded in the discus and his 1500m run of 4:46.55 saw him accumulate 7258 points (wind assisted) (7160). This placed Turner 6th overall in the competition and 1st on the UK All Time U18 decathlon rankings. A great birthday present as he will turn 17 later this month. However, the U18 Decathlon British Record of 7035 is still held by Sam Talbot (Exeter Harrier), currently coached by Tony Minichiello, which he earned on 15th May 2016 whilst competing at Bedford.