The first night of athletics at the 6th edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games ended with a double medal haul for two Welsh athletes.
Throwers James Tomlinson (Paul Jensen) and Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease) both produced superb performances in challenging conditions to claim double Silver for Team Wales.
Multi-eventer Sarah Omoregie has focused much of her attention in 2017 to the shot put, with the main target being a medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Having been agonisingly close to breaking the British U18 Record at the Loughborough International back in May, and recording a recent win at the Welsh Athletics International it was clear that Omoregie was in shape for a big performance.
It proved to be the case, after a modest opening throw of 13.83m, she exploded to life in rounds 2 and 3, launching the shot to 16.39m and then 16.74m. The third round throw was not only good enough to secure a medal for Team Wales, it also put just under half a metere onto her PB, and obliterated the previous British U18 Record. The event was won by Canadian Trinity Tutti with a throw of 17.82m.
Pembrokeshire Harrier Tomlinson had to deal with an hours’ delay after the first round of competition due a thunder storm, but showed great composure to launch the discus to consecutive throws of 59.11m and 60.04m in rounds two and three to move into second place. A slight improvement to 60.11m ensured that the Paul Jenson coached athlete claimed the Silver, almost 4 metres ahead of the 3rd placed athlete. Victory on the night went to Connor Bell of New Zealand with a throw of 63.17m.
Head of Coaching and Performance Scott Simpson said; ‘I’m absolutely delighted for Sarah and James, it is testament to the huge commitment shown by the respective support teams, families and, of course, the coaches; Paul Jenson and Gareth Lease who have both dedicated huge amounts of time to the athletes they coach in recent years. It was fantastic to see Welsh Athletes contributing to what is already proving to be a superb Games for Team Wales.’
The competition continues with Naomi Reid (Phil Banning) and Lauren Evans (Nigel Lewis) going in the 800m and 100mH respectively this evening, with Bethany Moule (John Davies) going in the Javelin final on Saturday. Hopefully all of Team Wales will be in a buoyant mood after the success of James and Sarah, with Wales currently sitting 13th in the medal table with 4 medals in total.