Sam Talbot secured Gold, in the U18 Men’s Decathlon, at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships held at Bedford on 14th & 15th May.
Report courtesy of EA Website EA Combined Events Titles Decided
Sam Talbot (Club: Exeter Harriers, Coach: Eldon Lake) has been in typically strong form from the off. A 11.39 100m was also quicker than any of the Under 20s and gave him 776 points and a lead over Scott Connal (Club: Whitemoss, Ciach: Iain McEwan) who ran 11.54 (744pts) and AJ Bennetts’ (Club: Belgrave, Coach: David Lucas) 11.72 (707pts). His long jump was also the best of anyone Under 18 or 20 as he went out to 7.16 (852pts) from Connal’s 6.33 (659pts) and Bennetts’ 5.72 (527pts).
Talbot recorded 12.64 (645pts) in the shot followed by a 1.76 (593pts) high jump compared to Connal’s 10.70 (528pts) and 1.79 (619pts) and Bennetts’ 12.32 (626pts) and 1.85 (670pts) to head into the 400m with a strong lead. The last event of the day saw him showing good speed again with his 50.87 (775pts) quicker than all the other Under 18 or 20s with the exception of William Seed (49.49/838). Connal clocked 52.82 (689pts) and Bennetts 52.55 (701pts). The end of Day 1 scores see Talbot on 3641, Connal on 3239 and Bennetts on 3231
Sam Talbot (Club: Exeter Harriers, Coach: Eldon Lake) carried his strong form of Day One into the second day of this event and was rewarded with a 7000 points plus total and the European Youth’s qualifying standard.
First up in the 110m hurdles he clocked a 14.21 (948pts) and he followed this with a 41.09 (687pts) discus. AJ Bennetts’ (Club: Belgrave, Coach: David Lucas) took second place after the first event of the day with a 15.74 (762pts) ahead of Scott Connal (Club: Whitemoss, Coach: Iain McEwan) 16.21 (709pts). He followed this with a 33.40 (532pts) discus to Connal’s 30.14 (467pts).
The pole vault saw Talbot clear 3.90 for 590 points and while Bennetts went over at 2.50 (242pts) Connal was not able to record a height.
A 4:50.65 (615pts) 1500m took Talbot to 7035 with Bennetts ensuring second with 4:46.80 (597pts) and Connal running 4:53.70 (597pts).