The weekend saw a number of notable performances from Welsh Athletes across the UK & Ireland with many competing at the British Athletics League ‘Big Day Out’ and World Para Championships. Below is a summary of the athletes in action across all competitions:
World Para Athletics Championships Day 1,2 & 3
Hollie Arnold (David Parker) was the first Welsh Athlete competing In the Championships. The DSW athlete threw two new Championship records of 41.90 & 42.89 metres before breaking her own world record with a throw of 43.02 metres to win the F46 Javelin title. It was an impressive performance from Hollie who lead the event from the start, this is what she had to say afterwards: “That was a fantastic series for me. I went out there to smash it and I did. “It was great to get the world record; I knew that fourth throw was close but I wasn’t sure if I’d got it. The support of the crowd was absolutely amazing - I'm really delighted.”
Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer Young) was next up on Sunday, The DSW athlete set a new Championship record after a huge second round throw of 51.54 metres to win his third F42 Discus title. This is what Aled had to say after his performance:“I think this is what it’s all about; first of all I’d like to thank everyone for coming out – I wouldn’t have been able to put that performance together without you,” he said. If you’re out there with five guys, you’re in the same boat and anything can happen, but I know on my day what I’m capable of throwing. “I’ve been here so many times and this stadium holds so many special memories. It was a Sunday five years ago that I won gold here at the Paralympic Games, so to come out here and do it all again is amazing”.
Stephen Morris (James Thie) is next up, the Cardiff AAC athlete is in the T20 1500m tonight at 9:05pm.
British Athletics League ‘Big Day Out’
On Saturday was the first ever BAL ‘Big Day Out’ and there were nearly 50 men’s teams from BAL clubs in action in Bedford on an overcast day. Cardiff AAC and Swansea Harriers had strong teams in action, with a number of notable performances to mention.
Anax Da Silva of Cardiff AAC (Daryl Maynard) finished 4th in the Division 1 100m A string race with a time of 10.63 and also finished 4th in 200m A string with a season’s best of 21.96. Owen Smith (Matt Elias) claimed maximum points for Cardiff AAC, Smith looked strong as he won the 400m A string with a time of 48.17. Fellow Cardiff AAC athlete Alex Coomber (Arwyn Davies) competed in the 400m B string, Coomber finished in 2nd with a time of 49.62. Alex Coomber was on the track once again, this time storming to victory in the 800m A string with a new personal best of 1:49.01. Joseph Reid (Matt Elias) made it a clean sweep for Cardiff AAC team in the 800m’s, the 400m specialist won the B string with a new personal best of 1:53.74.
Swansea Harriers Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans) and Guy Smith (George Edwards) were impressive in the 1500m & 3000m races throughout the day. Dewi finished 2nd in the B string 1500m with a seasons best of 3:57.10 and he also set a new personal best of 8:05.16 to finish 2nd in the 3000m A string. Smith finished in 3rd place in the A string 1500m with a time of 3:53.91 and later on won the B string 3000m with a new personal best of 8:22.02. Paul Bennett (Adrian Thomas) of Cardiff AAC battled the poor weather conditions to finish in 2nd place In the A string 400m Hurdles.
The event of the day in terms of excitement had to be the 3000m steeplechase with Ieuan Thomas (James Thie) attempting to achieve the world championships standard of 8:32 solo, it was all going so well for the Cardiff AAC athlete who was on target until hitting a barrier hard on the final lap. Despite hitting the barrier so hard, Ieuan was back on his feet in a matter of seconds; showing immense courage to complete the race which he also still won by some margin.
It was a strong performance from the Cardiff AAC relay team to win the 4x400m, Owen Smith brought them home 4 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Aled Price (Edward Thompson) seemed to be everywhere on Saturday, the Carmarthen Harrier competed in the High Jump (6th place), Pole Vault (8th) , Long Jump (4th) and Triple Jump (6th). Brett Morse was in action for Cardiff AAC, winning the Discus with 57.91 metres and also finishing 2nd in the Shot Put with 14.54 metres. Jason Copsey won the Javelin by 2 metres with a throw of 62.36 metres, The Cardiff AAC has had a solid season after winning the Welsh Senior title.
Throughout the British Athletics League season it's been a close battle between Cardiff AAC and Swansea Harriers, with Cardiff winning the first fixture and Swansea winning the second one. This time it was a close battle between Cardiff AAC and Sale Harriers with the latter taking the win, Swansea were down in sixth place. In the overall standings, this maintains Cardiff's place at the top of the table with Swansea in fourth; this puts both clubs in a strong position for promotion to the premeirship. The final fixture is on the 20th of August.
The Welsh Schools Team were sent out to Dublin on Saturday for the annual Schools International outdoor Track & Field Fixture where they competed against English, Irish and Scottish teams. There were quite a few notable performances to mention, Jermiah Azu of Cardiff AAC (Helen Patricia James) finished 2nd in the boy’s 100m with a time of 11.01.
Owain Lloyd-Hughes (Peter Walton) of Neath was the winner of the boy’s 200m race with a time of 22.38. Remi Adebiyi (Darryn McAtee) of Newport Harriers finished 3rd in the boys 1500m with a time of 4:04.05. Ben Thomas (Neil Thomas) of Carmarthen Harriers finished 2nd in the boys 1500m steeplechase with a new personal best of 4:29.31. Tomos Slade (Tony Morris) of Swansea Harriers continued his fine form with a 3rd pace finish in the boys 100m Hurdles, Cardiff Archer Chinua Ebereonwu was just behind in 4th place. Tom Atkinson (Diane Breeden) of Cardiff AAC finished in 3rd place in the boys triple jump with a huge new personal best of 13.90 metres. Jay Morse (Ian Leek) of Cardiff AAC finished in 2nd place in the boys shot put and Discus with throws of 15.18 and 52.54 metres. The Welsh boys 4x100m finished a strong 2nd place in the relay event with a team made up of Owain Lloyd-Hughes, Jeremiah Azu, Iwan Robinson-Booth and Chinua Ebereonwu.
Kiara Frizelle (Phil Banning) of Cardiff AAC produced a strong performance, Kiara was the winner of the girls 1500m with a time of 4:33.09. Mia Roberts (John Messum) of Deeside AAC finished in 3rd place in the girls 3000m with a time of 10.07.71. Isabel Breeden (Diane Breeden) of Cardiff AAC performed strongly to finish 3rd in the girls 300m Hurdles with a time of 44.85. The Welsh girls 4x100m relay team produced a strong run to finish 3rd with a team made up of Issie Tustin, Moli Jones, Alicia Samuel and Caitlyn Mapps. The girls 4x300m team also produced a strong performance to finish in 2nd place with a team made up Armani Williams, Gabrielle Fakande, Macey Morris and Hannah Longden. Megan Hodgson (Gareth Lease) of Cardiff AAC Vaulted 3.31 metres to finish in 3rd place in the girls Pole Vault. Swansea Harrier Rhian Evans (John Davies) performed superbly to win the girls Discus with a throw of 32.79 metres.
European Under 23 Championships
Jenny Nesbitt (David Walker) produced a strong performance out in Bydgoszcz on Friday evening to finish in 6th place in the women’s 10,000m final with a time of 33:50.37.
Women’s Athletics League
The final fixture of the women's athletic league was on sunday with Swansea Harriers competing in the Premiership and Cardiff in Division 1. Swansea Harriers had a good showing in their final fixture and managed to cement their place in the Premeirship to finish in 5th place overall. Cardiff AAC had a solid day in Division 1, finishing 3rd overall and just narrowly missing out on promotion.
There were some notable performances from the weekend, with Caryl Granville continuing her fine form. The Swansea Harrier was in action on Sunday in the Premiership fixture at Norman Park. Granville finished 2nd in the women’s 400m Hurdles A string by setting a new personal best and yet another commonwealth B standard of 57.17. There were a number of more notable performances but the results are yet to be released. A link to where you can find results once published is below: