ATHLETICS: National success for David in the decathlon

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DAVID Bush won the senior boys’ decathlon title at the English Schools AA Regional Combined Events Championships at Peterborough.

The former Gleed Boys student, who was representing Cambridgeshire, now goes forward to compete in the national finals at Exeter in September.

In sweltering weather conditions, Bush led from the off after bagging 605 points (international scoring tables) with a cracking time of 12.0secs in the 100m.

A long jump of 5.24m then earned 429 points and a 10.81m shot put added a further 534 points to his overall tally to keep him ahead.

Bush then cleared 1.61m in the high jump (472 points) and recorded 53.0secs for the 400m (676 points) to end day one with a fine tally of 2716 points.

Day Two opened with the 110m hurdles – and Bush clocked 17.5secs for a valuable 492 points, before throwing the discus 31.42m (492 points) and clearing 2.40m (220 points) in the pole vault.

In the penultimate discipline, the javelin, a 39.03m effort registered another 428 points before Bush ran a good 1500m in 4.37.1mins to earn himself his highest individual event score of 699 points.

That was good enough for an overall decathlon total of 5104 points, which made him an emphatic overall winner.

In his final year of school athletics, Bush also won the senior boys’ 400m title at the annual Anglian Schools inter-counties championships at Norwich.