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Curtis back with a bang

Tuesday 19 September 2017

After leaving athletics for rugby a couple of years ago, decathlete Curtis Mathews missed the challenge of the ten events and is now back and on form, having the ambition to represent Wales in the next Commonwealth Games.

As one of the success stories of the Glasgow Games in 2014, when he produced no fewer than six personal bests for eighth place, Curtis has now surpassed that with a new personal best score of 7,500, equalling the B qualification standard and improving his own club record.

After the disappointment of failing to record a height in the pole vault a fortnight ago, Curtis competed in the Kent multi event championships last weekend and, again, produced three more personal bests on his way to his total score, which ranks him fifth in the UK.

His individual performances were:

100m: 11.22
Long Jump: 7.18m
Shot Put: 14.69m (personal best)
High Jump: 1.99m (personal best)
400m: 52.21

Day 1 total: 3,950 (personal best)

110m hurdles: 15.30
Discus: 43.08m
Pole vault: 4.40m
Javelin: 51.79m
1500m: 4:42.78

Final total: 7,500

Contesting two decathlons in a fortnight is very tough and shows Curtis' talent as well as his ambition. He can surely improve on 7,500 and hopefully will be given a chance to prove this in the Gold Coast next year.