Akehurst out to deliver Olympic dream

City of Portsmouth's Adam Akehurst
City of Portsmouth's Adam Akehurst
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Champion Piotr Meller with duathlon organiser Rob Piggot.  Picture: Neil Marshall (170306-18)

Defending champion ready for Portsmouth Duathlon mission

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ADAM AKEHURST believes his Olympic dream is alive.

And the City of Portsmouth multi-eventer reckons he’s in the shape of his life as he aims to make it to Rio in 2016.

Akehurst picked up a decathlon bronze medal at the England Athletics Senior & Under-20 Combined Events Championships in Bedford.

He got off to a slow start as he finished 26th in the 100m with a time of 11.83sec – and up until the last two events he was in eighth place.

His class then really shone through in the javelin and 1,500m.

Akehurst threw a personal best and the event’s top effort of 59.46m in the javelin.

He also achieved a PB by a whopping six seconds in the 1,500m to give him a 3,325 points total.

Akehurst revealed he has focused on these two events but, in particular, the javelin.

He said: ‘I have been training hard all winter.

‘The short-term plan is to score as many points as possible in events.

‘But, of course, I would love to go to the Olympics, obviously.

‘Conditions were poor and everyone was struggling on the day.

‘But I finished on a high with the javelin.

‘I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life.

‘You can tell that by my results I have been getting.

‘I am hoping to improve all the way.

‘I am still warming up, really. The season ends in September, so I got a lot of time to improve.’

Akehurst’s coach, Steve Davey, underlined his ambitions.

‘The goal is to qualify for the Olympics,’ said Davey.

‘We went to Bedford to improve his score – and we did that.

‘But the medal was the icing on the cake.’

– Kieran James