Women’s F46 Javelin
The Women’s F46 Javelin final captured the eyes of the Carrara stadium after a close battle for Gold involving reigning Paralympic Champion Hollie Arnold. The Welsh Athlete produced an outstanding final round throw of 44.43 metres to break her own World Record and clinch the Gold medal in style!
Both Curtis Mathews (Cardiff AAC) and Ben Gregory (Birchfield Harriers) got off to solid starts in the Decathlon on Monday morning at the Carrara Stadium. Curtis ran 11.39 whilst Ben ran 11.60 in the opening event - the 100m, to get their Decathlon events off to a good start. Conditions were very difficult for the Decathletes with temperatures down at trackside soaring up to over 30 celcius.
Following on from the 100m, came the second event of the Decathlon - the Long Jump. Both athletes produced their best efforts in the second round, as Ben jumped out to 6.94m to finish in 10th place while Curtis jumped 6.89m to finish in 11th place.
The third event of the morning session for the Decathletes was the Shot Put, which proved to e very challenging in the extreme heat. Ben Gregory registered his best mark in the first round with a throw of 12.80m, whislt for Curtis Mathews it was a disappointing event after he registered three fouls.
After 3 events, Ben was in 10th place overall with 2,186 points whislt Curtis was in 12th place with a points tally of 1,564.
The next event of the morning session in the Men’s Decathlon was the High Jump with both Ben Gregory and Curtis Matthews looking to move up the leader board. The Welsh Athletes both cleared the height of 1.89m to place a joint 9th position.
The final event of the session was the 400m with both Ben and Curtis in the same heat. Ben finished in 4th position in 50.31, and Curtis unfortunately did not start the event.
After 5 events during this mornings session, Ben Gregory currently lies in 9th with 3691 points and Curtis sadly will not finish the Decathlon.
Men's 110m Hurdles
Cardiff AAC's David Omoregie made his Commonwealth Games debut at the Carrara Stadium as he competed in the men's 110m Hurdles Heats. David finished in 7th place in Heat 2 in a time of 14.20 which unfortunately wasn't quite enough to see him qualify for tomorrow's final. As he rose from the starting blocks, the Cardiff athlete appeared to hit the first 2 hurdles which meant there was simply too much ground to make up in the final 80 metres, despite his fast finish.
Women’s 1500m Heat 1
Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) looked strong in heat 1 of the Women’s 1500m to finish in fourth position. The welsh athlete produced an impressive final lap to gain an automatic qualification spot for tomorrows final which takes places at 1pm.
Women’s 10,000m Final
Jennifer Nesbitt (David Walker) made her major championship debut at the Carrara stadium in the Women’s 10,000m final. The Worcester AC athlete battled against the hot and humid conditions to produce a new personal best of 32:58.14 and a 17th place finish.
Commenting after her race Jenny said:
"the opportunity to represent wales at my first major champs was a great honour. I can walk away from the track proud of what I have achieved, but also hungry for so much more. The crowds and the atmosphere were fantastic and carried me on over the last few laps, and I can’t wait to do it again! Having a late call up Into the team meant I had little time to prepare, but I’ve had so much support. The team have performed so well and its really motivating to see everyone achieve their goals. I have enjoyed the whole experience out on the Gold Coast, and am so grateful for the chance to be here."