Imogen Davis flew the flag for Thanet AC at last weekends National Combined Events Championships in Sheffield. The 20yr old, who is deep into her studies at Kent University, put the books aside in what was another step in the right direction to climb the ladder to finish 9th overall, but more importantly 4th in the U23 section.
Imogen’s first event of the day was the 60m hurdles which has had its issues of late due to a hip injury, but she shrugged that aside and demolished her personal best by 0.39secs to record 10.04secs and get her day off to the best possible start.
Her second event was the high jump where she cleared a solid height of 1m57. By her own very high standards she was disappointed, but the videos of her jump showed that with a closer take off position to the bar she is capable of pushing the 1m70 barrier so this gave her huge encouragement!
The third event was the shot put. This has been a relatively less trained event which resulted in her only real under par performance of the day where she threw a best of 9m66.
Not to be held down, she came back with an above average performance in her long jump with a 5m34 second round effort.
The last event was the 800m and this was an event that most athletes don’t look forward to, but Imogen seems to go from strength to strength and this was no exception. Her indoor personal best was 2mins30.28, but she took the event to the other competitors to win her heat and run 2mins22.53 and a huge personal best. This all meant that Imogen then set a new lifetime best overall score of 3356 points.
Imogen said after the event “Myself and my coach didn’t even know if I was going to get past the hurdles until the start of the week, but thanks to the way we planned the sessions leading up to this weekend and the amazing work of my physios it all came together and I’ve come away buzzing and looking forward to the rest of the season!!!”
Her coach Darren Hatton was also very happy saying “Immy has yet again displayed how hard work and diligence pays off because she wasn’t put off by a few niggles leading up to this event. We have changed a lot of things this winter so far and she seems to be improving all the time. This is such a great start to the season for her!”