Brittish discus champion Brett Morse threw a new lifetime best in Helsingborg today which was measured at 66.06m. He is the latest Briton to achieve the A standard for the World Championships and Olympics.
Morse went in to the competition with a PB of 64.49m, but he produced four throw in excess of that mark and came away from the competition with a lifetime best and Welsh record of 66.06m. It ranks him third on a UK all-time list that has taken some battering this year, following Lawrence Okoye’s UK record 67.63m and PBs from Abdul Buhari (65.44m) and Carl Myerscough (65.10m).
Just two weeks ago Morse was gutted to record three no throws in the qualifying round of the European Under-23 Championships as team-mate Okoye went on to win gold, but his performance today goes some way to making up for that disappointment.
Morse who recently left long-term coach Nigel Bevan has broken 60 metres in 15 competitions this year, which is a lot more than his domestic rivals Okoye (four), Myerscough (six) and Buhari (six), and his consistency at those longer distances could be the key to success this weekend in Birmingham.
Helsingborg has long been a favourite venue for discus throwers. It is where Olympic champion Gerd Kanter set his PB back in 2006, throwing 73.38m almost four metres farther than his next best that year.
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