ATHLETICS: Bush bags ninth spot in national final

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DAVID Bush clinched an excellent ninth place at the National Schools Combined Events Championships at Exeter.

Competing for Cambridgeshire Schools in his last ever ESAA event, the former Gleed Boys School pupil took part in the decathlon.

He produced a series of personal best performances (PB) during the ten event programme, which was held over ten days.

Bush started day one with a 100m time of 11.89secs, which earned him 673 points on the international scoring tables.

Next up was a PB effort of 5.95m in the long jump, which was 20cm better than his previous best and scored 576 points.

Another PB came in the shot put as Bush threw 11.80m (594pts) to advance his best mark by 60cm.

A disappointing 1.57m (441pts) clearance in the high jump followed, before he finished day one in style.

Bush completed the 400m in 52.67secs (696pts) to put him in a very good 11th place at the halfway stage.

In blustery, showery conditions, he opened day two with another personal best performance of 16.45secs for the challenging 110m hurdles for 683 points.

A discus throw of 31.42m (492pts) and a pole vault clearance of 2.33m (206pts) marked decent progress in the next two events.

Another 436 points were added through Bush’s javelin throw of 39.60m and with one event to go he was in a very good 12th place in the ESAA Championship.

In the concluding event he produced a determined and measured run over 1500m.

Given the conditions, his time of 4.41.79mins was a splendid finale and helped secure a fine ninth place.