Aled Davies Wins Only Title To Escape Him With Commonwealth Gold

Aled Davies added Commonwealth Games gold to his three Paralympic titles with a dominant display in Birmingham.

Davies, 31, won shot put gold in Tokyo last year but was competing in the discus event at Alexander Stadium, having traded last September, when he learned there was an opportunity to add the missing gold to his collection.

And his class was evident when his best effort of 51.39 put him more than seven meters ahead of his closest rival, while Welsh teammate Harrison Walsh took bronze.

“Its special. It’s really. I am very proud to be Welsh, it is very close to my heart,” said Davies, who won silver at the Commonwealth Games eight years ago in Glasgow.

“After Glasgow 2014 and the disappointment, I didn’t think I would have another opportunity to do this. After focusing solely on shot put for the past seven years, we saw this opportunity on the horizon. We knew it would be a short turnaround. I’ve only been doing this since September of last year, it’s been amazing.

“I felt a little thing in my pelvis, so it was right and wrong if I would be 100 percent. I’m in a lot of pain, we’ll find out how serious it is after my exams, but at the end of the day, no one will remember what I played, they’ll remember the color of the medal, and that’s gold for Wales.”

Walsh was a promising rugby player, representing Wales at the under-18 level and signing professional terms with the Ospreys when an injury left him with permanent nerve damage in his foot.

And it’s only fitting that he won his first major medal alongside Davies, which has been a big part of his track and field journey.

“We’re training partners, we’re close to each other all the time and he’s a huge inspiration to me,” said Walsh, who was supposed to make his Paralympic debut in last year’s Japan until he suffered an ankle injury during training. .

“When I retired from rugby and couldn’t do it anymore because of paralysis, he was the first guy I met at pitching. So I looked at him and started talking and walked in. It’s so special to be there with him competing for the country I love and I’m so proud to represent, I’ve always wanted to represent Wales. It is simply the most special country and people in the world.”

Jeremiah Azu finished top of the Brits in the 100m blue belt final, clocking 10.19 seconds for fifth in a race won by Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala.

Azu defeated English pair European silver medalist Reece Prescod and Zharnel Hughes in June to win the 100m at the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester.

But he was suffering after his time of 9.90 seconds was deemed wind-assisted, meaning he had to settle for a spot on Britain’s relay team at the recent World Championships.

This performance again underlined his status as the best British sprinter of the season, after England’s Netanel Mitchell-Blake stopped holding his thigh.

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