Decathlete Bryant celebrates a silver medal that was cast in Hampton and is after much more - he's aiming high

Tip of the iceberg: Hampton’s Ashley Bryant celebrates winning decathlon silver at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this week and is after more metalwork before the end of the season 	SWPix

Tip of the iceberg: Hampton’s Ashley Bryant celebrates winning decathlon silver at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this week and is after more metalwork before the end of the season SWPix

First published in Sport This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Ashley Bryant may have got his hands on a first senior international decathlon medal in Scotland this week, but he is already plotting his course for more.

The 23-year-old Hampton athlete claimed Commonwealth Games silver in Glasgow this week eight years after making his mark with the first of three English Schools multi-event titles between 2006 and 2009.

The former Halliford School student clocked four minutes 38.24 seconds in the 1,500m – his final event – to finish second behind champion Damian Warner as he set a points total of 8,141 – 32 points short of his personal best.

There will be no time to celebrate for the rising star, with the European Championships in Zurich later this month.

And Bryant, who believes he is in better shape than his efforts in Glasgow suggest, thinks his Commonwealth triumph could be the ticket to a bright future in track and field.

“It was great to wake up the following morning to remember what I did the previous two days,” he said on Wednesday after collecting his medal.

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“If I’m brutally honest, my performances were very slightly below what I expected.

“I think I’m in better shape than the times I produced.

“I didn’t win any major championship medals as a junior, so it is quite strange to win now.

“I’m going to take in the atmosphere of the rest of the Games and enjoy it for a bit, but I will be working hard with my team to prepare for the European Championships, which will be my last competition of the summer.

"They are only just around the corner so there is no time to celebrate.”

Bryant, who only finished studying for a degree at Brunel University last summer, first emerged on the multi-event scene with an English Schools boys octathlon bronze medal in 2005, before going on to win octathlon gold in each of the following two years.

The Windsor, Slough & Eton star seemed to know he was destined to be a star decathlete and can only see his Scottish success as a platform to fulfil his dreams.

But he admitted world domination might take a little time yet.

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“I was always pretty competitive in most sports at school and I always knew I could get to the top of a sport,” he said.

“No matter how hard you work at it and train, you never quite know whether that is a realistic goal.

“So to win a medal like this it is great that it has finally happened.

“I’m ready to go on and prove myself, to test my personal limits and challenge the best in the world.

“But I’m a young man doing a mature man’s event, so to take things to that level may take some time.”

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