JAVELIN thrower Steve Turnock was invited to compete in the Welsh International Athletics meeting as a guest – and repaid his hosts' hospitality by winning the competition!
The meeting in the Cardiff International Stadium attracted more than 100 Olympians from 30 countries so the 20 year old from Liverton near Newton Abbot was in quality company.
Organisers claimed the meeting was the biggest athletics event held in Wales since Cardiff staged the Empire Games in 1958.
Turnock earned his invitation after finishing sixth at the Senior British Athletic Championships and World Trials.
"Going into the competition I didn't feel much pressure as I was a guest so felt I could concentrate on my preparation and throwing," said Turnock.
"I opened with a solid 64m throw and felt good, but was put under pressure from the senior England thrower who threw a 67m throw in round two.
"I came back with a 68.65m throw in round three, then followed this with a 67, 66,and finished with a 65m throw to win the competition."
"Apart from the international athletes, the winner of the BUCS Championships was also competing as a guest, so it was great to win such a big competition against senior throwers who are all ranked above me."
Turnock has had a great season so far, winning two national medals plus a silver at the Midland Counties.
He hopes to improve on his pb at the upcoming South West Inter Counties and the UKA Throws fest in Bedford later this month.
Turnock who studied at South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton, is now on a degree course in Cardiff.