IPC World Championships: Aled Sion Davies targets two golds

International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships 2013

  • Venue: Stadium Parilly, Lyon, France
  • Date: Friday, 19 to Sunday, 28 July

Paralympic champion Aled Sion Davies is relishing being favourite for the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.

Davies won discus gold and shot put bronze at London 2012.

The 22-year-old from Bridgend is the world number one and has not lost a competition he has entered this season.

"I know it's going to be tough because I am the one to beat, but I am excited because the world is going to see a different athlete this year," he said ahead of the event later this month.

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I am in phenomenal form and I know there is a big throw in the tank

Aled Sion Davies Paralympic discus champion

Davies will again double up to compete in the discus and shot at the World Championships, staged between 19 and 28 July at Stadium Parilly.

He made his mark at the London 2012 Paralympic Games when a throw of 13.78m secured third place in the F42/44 shot put.

He then won a gold medal in the F42 discus at the Olympic Stadium with a winning throw of 46.14m.

Davies, who was awarded the MBE for his achievements in London, has thrown further in both disciplines this season and is confident he can build on his success at the last Paralympics.

"I am really excited going into the world championships now," he said.

"It's different to London because I didn't know what I was capable of.

"I knew I wanted to do well and I had ridiculous aspirations of coming home with a gold medal at my first games and I pulled it off.

"Going into Lyon, I know what I am capable of doing. I am in phenomenal form and I know there is a big throw in the tank.

"I feel like I am going to unleash some big throws now in the World Championships in France.

"I won't be taking any prisoners and I am hoping I won't be making the competition as close as it was in London.

"There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but I am very confident coming off the back of London."