City of Portsmouth stalwart Steve Davey put past disappointments behind him to claim decathlon glory at the British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) Championships.
The 36-year-old topped the veteran men’s podium for the first time at Horspath, Oxford – swapping last year’s silver medal for gold after a personal-best display.
He said: ‘I am well pleased, it was a personal best score for me by 350 points.
‘I got three individual personal bests throughout the day as well – in the pole vault, 400m and 110m hurdles.
‘The idea of decathlon is basically to be consistent in all 10 events and if you do that you should score well.
‘That is my first gold at national level.
‘Last season I won silver in the decathlon and I’ve had a number of silver and bronze medals in the past. I was desperate for gold.’
Davey also revealed his delight at exacting revenge on Team GB team-mate James Danobrega, of Bedford, who finished in second place.
The pair competed in the European Veterans’ Indoor Championships in San Sebastian, Spain, in March.
The talented multi-eventer said: ‘We went out to Spain for GB in March, doing a one-day, five-event penthatlon.
‘He actually beat me out there, so I was pleased to get my revenge on him here.’
City men’s team captain Davey returns to action on Saturday for the last Southern League meeting of the season.