Strongman Ian Miller posts seven new British records at Highland Games Decathlon Championship

PUBLISHED: 16:15 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:15 02 August 2016

Ian Miller

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Ian Miller posted seven new British records at the British Highland Games Decathlon Championship in Derby on Saturday.

The Welwyn strongman registered good marks and distances against his three opponents including British records in the 56lb standing throw for distance (6.40m), 56lb weight over the bar (2.40m), 56lb shot putt (3.85m), hammer of Igmand viking throw (18.14m) 10kg Braemar stone (5.56m), the 16lb Scottish Hammer (24.41m) and the ultra stone putt (3.79m).

Miller also achieved winning efforts in the 56lb hammer (6.97m) and 56lb one-handed hammer (6.52m) and although he could not record a full throw in the caber event, he still won the event.

The 81-year-old is unsure whether he will compete again this year with other commitments and also the organisation of the 2017 English Championship for Scottish Highland Games at Gosling Stadium.

Miller told the WHT: “The 2016 Gosling Highland Games were a great success for all concerned with 23 competitors, which included six ladies.

The prospects for the 2017 Games is that more ladies are going to compete - the more the merrier.

“We had eight throwing events at the 2016 games whereas in the 2017 event we are introducing a special heavy caber as a standalone event plus the famous Atlas Stones for both genders.”

He added: “The finances for the 2016 games were helped with generous sponsors and donations from companies, large and small, and we are hoping that we will have similar success for 2017.

Applications for the 2017 Gosling Highland Games will be accepted from the end of this month.

For more information go to www.goslinghighlandgames.com

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