Elliott Evans achieves superb double medal success in Schools International Pentathlon

Elliott Evans achieved a fantastic double with an individual bronze medal and team gold in the Schools International Pentathlon.

Thursday, 8th November 2018, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 8th November 2018, 9:01 am
Double international medal winner Elliott Evans with his mum Natalie and sister Freya. Picture: Paul Smith

England Schools took on Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the prestigious event hosted at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

The 15-year-old City of Portsmouth talent shone in the competition.

He was the best performing England athlete of the four-strong team as he stepped on to the podium to get the bronze.

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It was a remarkable achievement, especially given he hadn't been able to train for four weeks ahead of the competition.

He had battled a hamstring injury to qualify but then had to take time out to recover.

Coach Terry Price revealed the achievement is a major one for the City athlete.

He said: '˜Elliott thoroughly enjoyed the event, it was fantastic.

'˜This is a huge achievement. When you consider it is not easy even to get selected to compete at English Schools.

'˜Then to qualify to represent English Schools is a significant achievement and to get on the podium is huge.

'˜He took a month off from training after the English Schools to clear his injury and make sure he was fully fit. So it wasn't the ideal preparation.

'˜We had said we felt Elliott could have won the English Schools title if he hadn't picked up the hamstring injury in the first event of the competition.

'˜He showed we were right to think that way because he was the top England athlete in the international.

'˜He doesn't lack confidence but this will give him assurance. He has shown he can compete under pressure.'

Evans took the bronze in the under-16 competition with a points total of 3,228.

Wales' Zak Wall won the gold with 3,486 and Ireland's Harry Nevin took the silver with 3,294.

Price added: '˜Elliott was close to his best in the shot and very good over the hurdles.

'˜He had a very solid 200m which is really good on an indoor track.

'˜The 800m was solid as well.

'˜One of his best qualities is that he always wants to do better.

'˜He is never satisfied with his own performance but he is happy.'

Evans also earned a bronze medal in the 80m hurdles at the England Athletics Indoor Championships in February and a silver in the English Schools 80m hurdles outdoors in July.

Next year he will be competing in the under-17 age group.

First he will have a chance to rest and recover, then get back to full training again with big changes to some of his events including higher hurdles and heavier weights in the throwing competitions.