Golden boy Ben re-writes the record books in win

Ben Gregory
Ben Gregory

ATHLETE Ben Gregory produced a record breaking performance at the Under 23 Indoor Combined Championships in Cardiff, to take gold in the heptahlon and write himself into the history books.

A superb display saw the Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club member beat off competition from France and Spain to secure a personal best of 5,650 points.

The result meant Gregory, 21, set a new Welsh record, established the second best all-time UK Under 23 score and seventh best all-time senior score.

Reflecting on his success, Gregory said: “I was really pleased with how the weekend went.

“I hadn’t even won a medal in this competition before.”

The Loughborough-based student outshone a strong field including some old friends to record two personal bests in the 60 metres (7.25 seconds) and high jump (1.93 metres).

“I was up against some top athletes and it’s the first time I’ve beaten my friend Ashley.

“We’ve trained together for years. He’s a great athlete so I was really pleased to finally beat him.”

Gregory’s victory ensured his selection for Team GB during the outdoor season.

The talented star, who represents Wales as his father is Welsh, recently received a lifetime membership award from Vale of Aylesbury for his outstanding rise through the ranks.

Gregory has now set his sights on repeating his success when he represents Cardiff during the outdoor season.

Gregory’s other results saw him manage 7.09 metres in the long jump, 12.85 metres in the shot put, 8.29 seconds in the 60 metre hurdles, 4.95 metres in the pole vault and two minutes 45.2 seconds in the 1,000 metres.