COVENTRY Godiva Harriers athlete Jake Minshull won a silver medal for England at the SIAB Indoor Pentathlon Championships.
Jake was competing in the over 16 boys event and broke the indoor record – only to be pipped to the post by fellow countryman Sammy Ball who won gold – at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
The Godiva athlete earned 3866 points – a new championship record – with England claiming overall victory with a total of 11,538 points – 900 more than the previous record which previously stood since 1998.
Jake finished third in the 60-metre hurdles in a time of 8.23 seconds before placing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 11.86 metres – taking 1523 points from the opening two events.
And Jake ran a storming 200 metres in 22.76 seconds to finish third before jumping 6.54 metres in the long jump to again take third – just four centimetres short of the winning jump.
The England athlete saved his best performance until last as he blitzed the rest of the field in the 800 metres – finishing first in a time of 1 minute 56.17 seconds – six seconds faster than second place.
That left Jake on 3,866 points – a championship record – only for Ball to finish on a total of 4,000 points and immediately break Jake’s record and edge the Harriers runner out of the gold medal position.
Jake started his athletics career with Coventry Godiva Harriers and was called up to Team GB for the first time in the summer.