Rio Gold for Aled Davies

Second Paralympic Gold in the F42 Shot Put. 12 September 2016

Aled Davies (coach: Ryan-Spencer Jones) won the second Paralympic Gold gold of his career in a Games record of 15.97m in the F42 Shot put.

Adding to is discus triumph in London, Davies showed his dominance in the event by taking the victory after his best effort in round three. However, he led from the very first throw, gradually improving and knew by his last throw, he would be standing on top of the podium in Rio.

A delighted Davies said: ‘I can’t believe I have done it to be honest. It has been a tough four years, and particularly a massive two years. I changed everything in 2014 and moved to coach Ryan Spencer-Jones. He believed in me and he has pushed my aspirations through the roof.  Even today, I’m not very happy with the performance because I know I am in 16.5 shape. But it doesn’t matter; I have delivered on the Paralympic stage’.

‘The British Team is absolutely phenomenal out here. We are so lucky to have such a good set-up - the team we have behind us, people don’t see that. They are the shoulders we all stand on. I’m just so glad I can give something back because they have put so much hard work into helping me, and also to pay back the National Lottery who have invested a lot in me to perform on this stage.’

On prospects for 2017, Davies added’ It’s going to go down in London (World ParaAthletics Championships). It is probably going to be one of the biggest competitions of my career. To get to relive London 2012 and be a better athlete now, that’s exciting.’