Pembs para athlete lands world discus record

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Wednesday 15th June 2022 5:44 pm
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A teenage para athlete from Llandissilio has landed an incredible achievement by breaking a world discus record over the weekend.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Jenkins, a member of the Pembrokeshire Harriers Athletics Club, competes in throwing events, and is classified F38, a class for athletes with cerebral palsy.

On Saturday at the Welsh Championships in the UK he broke the F38 record for discus that has stood since the Paralympics in 2012, held by Javad Hardani from Iran.

Michael broke the European record the previous Thursday in Paris, adding 7 meters to it, and then on Saturday in Cardiff broke the European record again and the world record with a huge throw of 55.92 - personal best of 3.5 ish meters!

“This is an incredible achievement for anyone, but for a 17 year old is just epic,” said his proud mother Samantha.

Michael a former pupil at Ysgol y Preseli before beginning an access to nursing course, to enable him to gain a paediatric nursing degree in Cardiff, trains once a week in the Welsh capital with Ryan Spencer Jones - Paralympian Aled Davies OBE’s coach.

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