European Athletics Championships - Helsinki


Welsh hurdler Rhys Williams (coach: Dan Pfaff) completed his European Championships campaign in spectacular fashion by winning gold in a new season best time (49.33).

Cardiff AAC's Williams, who won the European Juniors in 2003, achieved another Olympic A standard in the process, putting him in the driving seat for the third 400mH slot in the Team GB squad. The case for Rhys's inclusion in the London team is made stronger by the Welsh hurdler beating rival Nathan Woodward, who could only finish seventh, yet another time this season.

Rhys Champ

“I feel relief, relief more than anything,” said Williams. “It was 2003 when I won European Juniors – I didn’t think it was a going to take nine years to finally win a senior title so I wanted to make the most of this opportunity.

“I always wanted to come into this championship and just treat it like any other – just go there and try to win.”

Welsh Athletics would like to congratulate Rhys for his great performance, wishing him the best for his qualification to London 2012.

Welsh Olympic hopeful Brett Morse (Vestienn Haffsteinsson) was left to rue missed chances as he failed to make it out for group A into the final, with a best throw of 58.71m.

"It was strange because I actually threw really well. The first round I completely missed it – it tore off my hand, the second round it went 63m but I smacked it out of the sector which is quite strange for me, I never do that.

“That would have probably made the final. In the third round I just pulled away a little on the left side. My technique up to a point was very good, but maybe I was a little eager to throw far.”

The unlucky performance sees Brett having to wait until Tuesday's final selection to know his fate about the Olympic Games.

For Rhys Williams, instead, destiny is still a matter of his own making as he will go for glory in the 400m hurdles final later tonight. The Cardiff star will face GB rival Nathan Woodward in what could be a decisive clash for the third spot in the London 2012 team.

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