Danny sets new world record
TEENAGED hammer thrower Danny Gracie has set a new world record for his age group.
The 14-year-old, who is coached by John Little, of Appleby, recently won medals in the hammer and discus events at the England AAA Championships at Bedford.
Since then he has had a break from training and competitions, but started again at the beginning of this month.
For a bit of fun and to test himself he entered the European Hammer Decathlon Championships, held at Derby on Saturday. In this event, competitors throw 10 different weighted implements. Danny started with a 2kg hammer and moved gradually up to the conventional 4kg for under-15 boys, then threw heavier weighted hammers of 5kg and 7.5kg with shorter length wires, before finally throwing implements — heavy weights with a hammer handle — of 9.08kg, 10kg and 12.5kg.
As with regular decathlon events, points were scored for each performance.
John said: “Although this event is not contested very often, it is nevertheless a good test of technique and it does require strength and concentration to take part in 10 events in one day.
“The previous record for the under-15 boys was 5,332 points and Danny beat that score by more than 600 points, thus claiming a world record for his age.”