Slaughter wins silver at European indoors

Brian Slaughter
Brian Slaughter

Eastbourne Rovers athlete Brian Slaughter returned from the European Indoor Masters Championships in Spain with his first ever indoor medal and a British record.

Competing in San Sebastian in the Men’s 55 year age group pentathlon, silver brought a fitting close to the indoor season for the Eastbourne veteran.

Slaughter wrapped up the silver and lowered the British record he set a few weeks ago in the closing event, the 1,000 metres.

He finished just nine points short of gold, and was involved in a ding dong battle with Peter Sladek from Slovakia for the silver medal.

It was current Finnish world indoor pentathlon and outdoor decathlon champion who secured gold after setting a new European record for the 60 metres hurdles in the first event.

However his performances in the long jump, shot and high jump allowed the others to keep in touch, and he was overhauled by both in the 1000 with Slaughter also lapping him.

Rovers’ team-mate Angela Morgan competed in three throws, two of which took place in the neighbouring outdoor arena. Her best performance came in the hammer which bodes well for the summer.

Di Farmer has had such a strong indoor season that her performances felt slightly under par.

But again she nailed a good series contesting the 3000m and 800m indoors and finishing with the 5K cross country which took place at the Hippodrome race course where several international cross country races have been staged.