DAVIES’ THROWS DOUBLE
BRITAIN’S male athletes were overshadowed by the performances of the women in London and their only champion in the second half of the week came from the mighty frame of Aled Davies.
With an almighty roar, the Welshman launched the shot put further than ever before to complete an impressive throws double.
The Rio Paralympic champion had been on the hunt for a second world title in the UK capital after his F42 discus win in a championship record the previous weekend and he found it after a world record throw of 17.52m in the second round.
“As soon as that second throw left my fingers I knew that I’d done it,” said an emotional Davies. “I’ve been working so hard and I am so happy to be able to throw a world record.
The Welshman, who has limited functionality of his right leg having been born with talipes and hemi-hemilia added: “I thank every single person out here. What I wanted to do was be at the forefront of this event and take that world record.”
Victorious by more than three metres, the 26-year-old’s opening throw of 16.02m would also have been enough to win and while his final four throws were fouls, Davies had already done more than enough.
“AS SOON AS THAT SECOND THROW LEFT MY FINGERS I KNEW THAT I’D DONE IT”
Aled Davies: hit form in superb style to claim shot put and discus double