ATHLETICS: Wright takes on nation’s best decathletes

James Wright
James Wright

Combined Events Championship, Bedford

Rugby & Northampton AC’s James Wright took on the nation’s best in the England Athletics U20/Senior Combined Events Championships in Bedford on May 14-15 and finished an excellent sixth after the 10-event Decathlon.

Wright was on top form in the 100 metres, crossing the line in 11.21 seconds, which was a season’s best, to finish second in his heat with the third fastest time overall in the competition.

He followed up that blistering sprint performance with season-best in the high jump (1.82m), discus (37.56) and javelin (39.09)

Personal bests also tumbled in the 400m when he finished third in the heat with a time of 51.27 and in the 1500m heat (4:42.87) for second.

A second place in the 110m hurdles (14.91) was followed by a 3.3m pole vault, a long jump measurement of 6.63m and a shot put effort of 11.28m.