Record-breaking athletes

Arona Combined Events

SOME 52 athletes, from as far away as Croatia and Brazil, who provided vaulting, sprinting, throwing, and jumping between them, put on a dazzling show for this eighth annual show, at the Antonio Dominguez stadium, in Playa de Las Americas.

The two-day competition tested contestants beyond their limits in the gruelling heptathlon and decathlon events.

The heptathlon comprises 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin, and 800m. And the decathlon pushes athletes even harder, with 100m, long jump, shot putt, high jump, 400m, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500m.

Winner of the men’s decathlon was Spain’s Pablo Trescoli, with 7,378 points, followed by 23-year-old Glaswegian runner-up Andrew Murphy, and Tenerife’s Jonay Jordan in third spot.

Andrew, enjoying his first experience of the Arona event, said: “I knew other athletes who had competed here, so I had some idea of what to expect. The heat here has been a good experience for me.

“My target was to break my personal-best 7,248 points, and then build towards the European Indoor Championships in 2019.”

And Andrew did himself and coach Colin Sinclair proud by clocking up 7,350 points.

Portugal’s Lacabela Quaresma took the ladies’ senior heptathlon title with 5,901 points, while the Under-18 heptathlon showed there is a bright future for the discipline.

Maria Vicente of Spain set a national record of 5,711 points, and Anna McCauley of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, made her mark in second place.

Emma Canning, from Edinburgh, didn’t make the podium in the senior heptathlon, but the 21-year-old showed good progress after coming back from injury.

“I had a shin injury, so this event was part of my recovery programme,” she said. “My coach, Ian McEwan, is preparing me for my next big target, the Indoor Home Countries International in Scotland this August.

“I have just finished my law studies at Strathclyde, so I can now concentrate full time on my athletics.”

Many of the athletes were making return visits, because the Arona Combined Events is an official competition in the world rankings, and it’s growing in stature each year.






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