DAVIES’ THROWS DOU­BLE

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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

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