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Move over Jess (just a little bit)

WAC’s multi-eventers, Matt Curtis and Paul Flavell, shine. Peter Impett reports.

Multi-eventing is alive and well at Wimborne AC though we have some way to go to reach Jess Ennis’ standard. But then she only does seven events and our athletes did ten in their recent success.

Over the weekend of August 4th and 5th Matt Curtis recorded a score of 5,149 points to finish 5th overall in the Under-17 Combined Events Championships at Stoke. Matt couldn’t claim as many PBs in the series as Jess but seemed to have done better in his less favoured events such as javelin and discus. His pole vault equalled the club record at 3m50 and his hurdles time was better than the club record as it stood in 2011. However, the crunch event – the 1500m, that all male multi-eventers hate as the last event, did not go well and Matt slipped back from a point where he may have been in contention for a medal. Notwithstanding the 1500, Matt put in a tremendous effort over the two days in what is a very tough competition but may be looking for a bit of endurance running over the winter.

Paul Flavell was also in multi-event action in the British Master Championships in Birmingham over the weekend of the 11th and 12th August.  Mr Versatile scored 4,975 points for third place in his age group but was just ten points ahead of fourth place.  Paul’s medal came courtesy of the fastest 1500m in his age group and a good standard pole vault.



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