Combined Events Report - 22nd/23rd July 2017

Kendall Retains Senior Title

Harry Kendall produced the best performance of his career to retain his South of England AA Combined Events Championships senior title with a new lifetime best score of 6691 points in Oxford at the weekend in a very closely fought competition.  Twenty athletes from across the South of England entered the competition together with guests from other parts of the UK. It was not ideal weather conditions for competing in a decathlon as it was cool and windy with rain at times.

He began day 1 with the 100m in a time of 11.46s and followed this with strong performances in the long jump of 7.01m, his longest in a decathlon, a lifetime best in the shot of 11.49m, a season’s best high jump of 1.92m and ended the day with his best ever 400m in a decathlon in 50.76s giving a first day score on 3663 points in 1st place.

Day 2 started at 10am with the 110 hurdles and he produced his second best time of 16.25s but he moved into 2nd place.  He then produced his best discus throw in a decathlon with 37.04m to keep in touch with the leader.  His pole vault competition was then delayed by over 4 hours but he still managed to jump a credible 3.70m.  Javelin has become one of Harry’s most consistent events and he threw 50.59m and this put him in contention, trailing the leader by 66 points.  The final event started at 7:30pm where in spite of the long day and no time available to warm up for the event, he managed a strong 1500m run in 4:56.46 to win the overall competition by 20 points.