Akehurst harbours Commonwealth Games hopes

City of Portsmouth's Adam Akehurst
City of Portsmouth's Adam Akehurst
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ADAM Akehurst is targeting a place at the Commonwealth Games after making a successful return to the track.

The City of Portsmouth multi-eventer had taken time out of top-level athletics, despite representing England under-23s and being a regular on the podium at county championships and invitational events.

However, he received a major boost to his confidence after taking the decision to mount a comeback on the big stage.

Competing as a guest at the recent British Masters Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Lee Valley, Akehurst returned home with top spot in the senior men’s event.

And to underline his capabilities in the sport, the ace’s overall points score on the day of 3,474 placed him 15th in the all-time British records list.

It was enough to reassure Akehurst that all the hard work he’s put in since September with coach Steve Davey was paying off.

Now he believes the Commonwealth Games’ decathlon event in Glasgow in 2014 is a realistic aim.

‘I’m back pretty much to my strongest and fittest and I’m looking forward to this summer,’ said Akehurst.

‘I’ll be looking for PBs in the decathlon and hopefully the year after, go to the Commonwealths.

‘That’s pretty realistic.

‘The standard is around 7,600 points.

‘This year I’m looking to score 7,100 or 7,200 just getting back into it, and next year hopefully I’ll just put more in and hopefully achieve the qualification.

‘This is a back-on-track year for me so I’m happy with how things are going already.’

Akehurst added: ‘I went up to Lee Valley not really knowing what to expect.

‘I just went there to see how it would go and it went quite well.

‘I ended up with the 15th highest score of all time, which is good all things considering.

‘Steve has taken me on this winter and I’ve been training hard with him. He’s pretty much got me back into it.

‘The past couple of years I’ve been out of it, so I’m happy.’