Captain Aled Davies so proud of Glasgow 2014 team after 'rocky start'

SILVER: Wales Aled Davies during the men's para-sport discus F42/F44 competition at Hampden Park

Wales Aled Davies during the Men's Para-Sport Discus F42/F44 competition at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 28, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit sho

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WELSH captain Aled Davies put aside his personal pain at missing out on gold to praise the way his team has bounced back from a troubled start to Glasgow 2014.

Davies, the world record holder and London 2012 Paralympic champion in the F42 discus, had to settle for silver at Hampden Park.

England’s F44 athlete pipped him to gold on points in the combined event but Davies picked up medal number 20 for Team Wales.

That is already more than the 19 won at Delhi 2010 and the captain is proud of his team’s efforts after the failed drugs tests for Gareth Warburton and Rhys Williams.

“The team is phenomenal and I could not be more proud to be captain,” said Davies.

“I’m chuffed to contribute to the medal but I wanted to win that gold so badly.

“We have had a rocky two weeks which has been tough but that’s what happens in sport.

“The guys have taken things in their stride and been incredible.

“We have sat down and remembered why we are here and all these guys are bringing back medals.”

On Warburton and Williams, who missed the Commonwealth Games because of their anti-doping violations, Davies said: “I am devastated like most of the guys are but we have to remember why we are here.

“We want to put in performances that make people proud and hopefully whatever the outcome and scenario they are in is a good one and we wish them the best.

“It was sad to hear the news and it was a bit tough at first but as soon as the medals have started it has been exciting.”

On his silver medal performance, Davies said: “I apologised to my coach but he told me there was nothing to be sorry and said he was proud of me.

“All the emotions came out because I felt I let anyone down but it’s just one of those things in sport.

“I’ve never wanted to win anything more in my life and maybe that turned into a bit of a negative.

“I’m happy with my performance but you always think you could have thrown further.”

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