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Sam Talbot wins bronze for England

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Sam Talbot Dec 13
Sam Talbot (2nd left) with the England Team

Exeter Harriers’ talented young multi-eventer Sam Talbot brings a phenomenal track and field season come to a close with an individual bronze and team gold at the SIAB Schools’ Pentathlon International at the Emirates Indoor Arena, Glasgow. Representing England for the first time, his selection came following a season littered with record breaking performances, regional and national titles, but in true multi-events tradition the competition was a day of highs and lows for the 14 year old.

Talbot’s 60m hurdles was timed at 8.43, a pb by 0.4 sec and placed him second by just 26 points behind England team-mate Max Price. ‘ I wasn’t pleased with the race, I felt I could have gone faster but I had a poor start and finish.’ The long jump followed, but with two no-jumps Talbot was desperate to record a distance and a safe jump of 5.47 on his final attempt, almost a metre down on his lifetime best, saw him drop to overall joint fifth.

The 200m brought a new lifetime best of 23.44, the second fastest time of the competition, but was only enough to consolidate Talbot’s position in fifth. ‘I had never run an indoor 200 before. My heat was a close race but I was determined to win after my poor performance in the long jump.’ Another lifetime best in the shot putt of 11.89 saw Talbot move up one place to fourth. Talbot usually has a strong 800m and with this final event often resulting in the final placings changing dramatically he did not disappoint, and his time of 2.15.77 moved him comfortably into third to take the bronze, finishing just 68 points short of silver. Talbot’s points score also helped the England team to the overall team gold. ‘I was glad to finish in a medal position and the team performed brilliantly.’

Talbot now moves up to the U17 age group where he will compete in the Octathlon in the 2014 outdoor season. The former Blundells School pupil, also a talented rugby player, has been coached by Kevin Skinner at Exeter Harriers for most of the season. Talbot is now based in Epsom and will be carrying on his athletics career under national combined events coach Ian Grant. ‘Without Kevin I would have given up athletics in 2012 as I was injured for most of that season. He got me through that difficult time and I would like to thank him for all his help and patience. He has taken me to where I am today.’

Final Standings:

1st Max Price (England) 3397, 60H 8.32, LJ 6.39, 200 24.16, SP 14.36, 800 2:24.43

2nd Daniel Ryan (Ireland) 3272, 8.67, 6.48, 23.75, 12.36, 2:22.63

3rd Sam Talbot (England)  3208, 8.43, 5.47, 23.44, 11.89, 2:15.77