tThe World Championships were underway on the weekend with 4 Welsh athletes In action on Sunday.
Ieuan Thomas (James Thie) of Cardiff AAC was the first athlete in action, competing in the heat 2 of the men’s 3000m steeplechase at 10:22am at the Olympic Stadium. It was a stacked field with the reigning World Champion, a European Champion and multiple Olympic medallists looking for qualification to the final. Ieuan was with the lead pack through the first kilometre but sadly dropped off and finished 15th with a time of 8:52.96.
Ieuan had this to say after his race:
“'I'm really disappointed with the way I ran. It's not a justification of where I'm at. It's not a justification of where I've been this year. I've been so consistent running around the low 8.30s so to have the worst of the year when t really matters is really disappointing so I've got to reflect and figure out what went wrong”.
“I didn't feel any nerves coming in. I felt like it was a normal race. I felt like I deserved to be here so it just felt normal to me. I've always wanted to run in an event like this and I've been through it I'm my head so many times, the crowd make it better you can take in their energy and you try and run as hard as you possibly can.”
The focus then turned to the streets of London with Josh Griffiths and Andrew Davies (Steve Vernon) sporting the Great Britain vest in the men’s marathon. The crowd support around the course was incredible with the noise increasing every time a British vest ran past. The pair worked together up until 30km before Davies pulled away to move up the field. Andrew finished in 31st place with a time of 2:17:59 and Josh finished 39th with 2:20:06 on what was only his second ever marathon.
Swansea Harrier Josh Griffiths had this to say afterwards:
“It was a really tough race. It’s been hot today but it’s been the best 2 hours and 20 minutes of my life. I’d have liked to have run a but quicker and finished a bit higher but honestly that was just the best experience I’ve ever had. I’ve come into it more motivated than ever to make sure I can come back onto this stage and try to improve and yeah it was just lovely out there today. I just want to say a massive thank you to the crowd and everyone that came out. London knows how to put on a championship better than anyone else and that was honestly the best experience I’ve ever had”.
After the men’s marathon, it was back to the Olympic stadium for the men’s 110m hurdles heats. David Omoregie (Benke Blomkvist) of Cardiff AAC was in action in a stacked heat 1 with multiple World Championship medallists on the start-line. David was explosive out of the blocks but clipped 3 hurdles which slowed him before he put in strong final 15 metres, sadly the Cardiff AAC athlete finished 6th. This meant he would sadly not progress through the first round.
David spoke to us after his race:
'It was a bit messy. I wanted to run a bit better because I know I'm in a lot better shape than that. But I've just got to put that behind me. It was amazing having a home crowd here. The atmosphere here is amazing. I just really enjoyed being out there. These last few weeks have been a great experience.”
Bethan Davies (Andi Drake) of Cardiff AAC will be the final Welsh athlete in action during the Championships. Davies will be competing in the 20km Race Walk on Sunday the 13th at 12:20pm. It’s been an impressive year for the Cardiff based athlete who has broken multiple British record and will make her World Championship debut.