Archie Stars for England
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Great performance by Archie Davis in an England vest at the Indoor Classic Meet in Vienna on February 1st, clocking 3:41.18 in the Men’s 1500m.
Archie ran an excellent tactical race on the 200m track to finish in 2nd place, and set an outstanding indoor pb that is within a second of his outdoor best. He was in the leading group – 6 of the 24-strong field in the initial stages – right from the gun, and tracked eventual winner Andreas Vojta closely throughout the race. Archie had to fight to close a gap that opened up ahead of him momentarily on a couple of occasions in the later stages, but dug in and had moved up from 5th to a perfect 2nd place by the bell. Vojta proved just too strong down the finishing straight and pulled away for an excellent win in 3:40.38, with Archie finishing second just ahead of his England teammate Tom Keen .
Archie’s take on the race:
“I really enjoyed my race in Vienna, being a serious competitor in high profile meets like this fills me with a lot of confidence to perform well. I also feel very proud to place down a marker that will get noticed by other athletes across Europe.
I felt very strong running this time and I’m certain that my capabilities stretch even further. I’m very excited to push even harder for the rest of the season, and see how close I can get to Mr. Charlie Grice’s county record of 3:39.43.”
We think this time puts Archie 7th in the UK indoor all-time U23 rankings, 2nd in the Phoenix all-time U23 rankings (behind Charlie Grice), and 4th in our all-time Senior rankings (behind Charlie and former Phoenix stars Johan Boakes and Tim Bayley). And just to fan the flames of friendly rivalry it’s worth noting that Archie’s time now puts him ahead of Phoenix teammate and European indoor 1500m finalist Robbie Fitzgibbon…
You can watch a video of the race at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2buibp9nFs
Full Results: https://daten.oelv.at/event-details.aspx?event=20679