Bronze for Melissa on Day 3

Women’s 1500m Final

Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) produced the performance of day with her third place finish in the Women’s 1500m final clinching Bronze, a fourth athletics medal for the team so far.

After a delayed start, Melissa stayed calm and controlled, moving her way through the field to leave herself in fourth coming into the home straight. Showing excellent strength she pulled past Linden Hall of Austrailia to come home in third in a big PB time of 4.03:44

”I’m in complete shock, can’t believe I ran that fast. I can’t believe it. I felt strong in the last 100m, the crowd were going crazy, and I’d tried to pretend the crowd were cheering for me as I came past the Aussie. I’ve got so many family and fans out here, its my first big final, and it went so well. The team is so close, its been really special.

“In 2015 I was diagnosed with a metabolic condition which I’ve had to overcome. My coach and family have helped me through this, and having been inspired by being there watching at Glasgow, I knew I had to be here. I’ve still got the 5,000m to come now and I’m looking forward to that too.”

Men's Decathlon

Ben Gregory got off to a solid start on Day 2 of the Men's Decathlon as he raced to a third place finish in his 110m Hurdles Heat in a time of 15.16. Ben did well to stay on his feet after hitting the first couple of hurdles before finishing strongly to put himself in 9th place overall after six events. 

Following on from the Hurdles came the seventh event of the Decathlon - the Discus Throw, where Ben's best attempt of 38.85m came in the first round and was enough to get im 10th place in the event. The final event of the morning session in the Decathlon was the Pole Vault, where Ben cleared heights of 4.60m and 4.80m. Then he attempted 5.00m but as the winds picked up he was unable to produce a clearance, and finished 4th in Pool A with 4.80m as his final height. 

Ben currently lies in 8th place overall after climbing a spot following his 4.80m clearance in the Pole Vault . Next up for Ben was the Javelin and he got the Carrara Stadium crowd behind him in the J wet conditions. The Birchfield Harrier produced a strong second round throw of 57.30 metres to gain 697 points, this put the Welsh athlete in a strong position ahead of the final event of the competition.

The final event of the competition was the 1500m and to say Ben Gregory dominated the race would be an understatement. The Welsh athlete took the race on from the front and look strong as he took the win in a time of 4:30.

The Decathlon competition ended today and after 10 events, the overall standings were finally decided. Ben Gregory had an impressive competition with the Birchfield Harrier finishing in 7th place with 7449 points. Curtis Matthews sadly did not finish the competition.

Women's 400m Hurdles

Caryl Granville finished 8th in Heat 2 of the Women's 400m Hurdles in a time of 59.28. Her 8th placed finish wasn't enough to see her qualify for the final, but it was a spirited performance from the Swansea Harrier, who will be back for the 100m Hurdles Heats on Thursday morning. 

Women’s Hammer Throw Final

The heavens opened for the Women’s Hammer Throw final with Rhondda’s Carys Parry battling against the conditions at the Carrara Stadium. Carys’s second round throw of 61.58 metres placed her in 6th place overall.


Melissa Court

Melissa Courtney ran a fantastic race for Bronze

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