British discus title for Nick Percy with Scottish record

Thrower wins gold at UK Athletics Championships with 65.00m in Manchester

Nick Percy was all smiles after winning his fifth British title with a 65.00m throw in Manchester on Sunday 26th June. “It’s like breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100 metres,” he said.

The 27-year-old previously held the Scottish record with 64.95m but bettered his third-round best in a Regional Manchester Arena flurry.

“I didn’t think it would go this far,” he said. AW, describing when the disc left his hand. “I knew it would be a good throw, but not so good because the conditions were tough.

“As soon as I heard ’65’ I didn’t even wait to listen to the centimeters,” the Shaftesbury Barnet man added. “It’s a huge brand to break. It’s like breaking the 10 second barrier in the 100 meters. It’s a great relief to finally do it.

Percy’s throw was also the best ever in the event by a British athlete, with the championship record being held by Juan Martinez of Cuba with 65.72m from 1985.

Behind Percy, Zane Duquemin took silver with 63.76m while Greg Thompson took bronze with 61.23m. Lawrence Okoye, meanwhile, struggled to get into the rhythm and only had one legal throw of 60.32m finishing fifth, despite the British record holder having the world qualifier of the last year.

James Whiteaker of Blackheath & Bromley took the javelin title with 74.06m ahead of promising junior Benjamin East of Team Kennet, who threw a World Under-20 qualifier of 73.49m. “Getting the gold medal at the British Championships is great,” said Whiteaker. “Getting a big one in the first round was great because I could relax and it helps me not to let the opportunity get to me. I could focus on my technique.

Ben Williams won the triple jump title over half a meter with 16.76m despite suffering from a cramp during his warm-up. “It was tough with not only the conditions but also cramping warming up,” he said, “but we Stokeys are built with grit, so I worked on it.”

He added: “I’m in good shape and it’s the start of the season. I can train full time and focus on the Commonwealth Games where I really want to bring home that gold medal.

The event was also notable for being the final competition for British athletics stalwart Nathan Douglas. The championship record holder finished fifth here with 15.73m and the 39-year-old said: “I feel very emotional. The crowd was amazing today. What shipment they gave me. I really appreciate that.

“I really enjoyed my years in the sport, I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s a wonderful sport to play and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Reynold Banigo jumped 8.00m to win the long jump and that was also with a legal tailwind of 1.4m/sec. “The last time I won was in 2020 and since then I’ve had a few injuries,” he said.

“Now I jump well, I’m in great shape and I’ve jumped more than eight meters several times. I want to build on that and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. The Europeans are on the cards, I just need to keep the momentum going and hopefully I can get on the podium there.

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