Welsh Athletics’ rising star Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans) achieved a personal best time and fulfilled his goal of placing in the top 3 GB finishers at today’s IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships. The Five-time Welsh Cross Country Champion was elated to record a time of 1:04.10 and take 27th place overall in the Welsh capital.
Griffiths said: “I’m really happy to get a PB, the home crowd were brilliant today and it felt special to be running a Championship at home.
“There were a lot of good athletes here today. I was just working as hard as I could into the wind and rain – mile 11 and 12 were horrendous, everyone was struggling at that point – but I put my head down and hoped for the best.”
The GB men’s team achieved fourth overall, their best finish in 23 years and just 42 seconds off the bronze medal.
Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) won bronze to claim British Athletics’ first medal at the event since 2003.
The rain was lashing down in the closing stages of the elite men’s race and with the top two positions filled by Kenya’s defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Bedan Karoki Muchiri, Farah, European record holder had to put in a sprint finish to claim the bronze medal.
Kamworor won in an outstanding 59:10, despite a tumble at the start line. Farah finished just under the hour mark in 59:59 to become only the second Briton after Carl Thackery to win individual bronze at these championships.
Farah spoke following the race: “I am a little disappointed today. There was great support from the home crowd so it would have been nice to have come away with a win. The better athlete won on the day, they went for it and I could not quite go with it.
“Rio (Olympic Games) is always the aim. The guys are going to be stronger, so I am going to work hard and this gives me massive motivation.”