Aled Sion Davies sixth as he makes athletics history in able-bodied shot put

Aled Sion Davies
Aled Sion Davies has dominated the F42 shot put and discus at the past three World Para Athletics Championships

Welsh para-athlete Aled Sion Davies finished sixth in his first able-bodied British championship event.

The three-time double world champion threw 15.42m personal best in the shot put in the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, an event won by York's Scott Lincoln.

The 26-year-old cannot compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games as his disciplines are not in the programme.

Bethan Davies won the women's 5,000km walk in a personal best 21:25.37.

For Aled Sion Davies, his appearance at Birmingham was a step towards his goal of reaching an able-bodied final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Aled Davies
Aled Davies has won 12 gold medals at world, European and Paralympic level

After the World Championships last summer he upped his training, which had "taken its toll", notably at the Welsh Indoor Championships in January where he said his "throwing was way off".

Davies said he wanted to go against able-bodied athletes to see how far he could take his sport.

His effort in Birmingham brought a personal best with the heaviest shot put used in competition.

Davies' long term aim is to achieve the Commonwealth standard and throw a distance of 18.50m.

His T-42 world record - with a lighter shot - is 17.52m.

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