The first day of the British Outdoor Athletics Championships was underway today in Birmingham with the men’s discus final. Former Champion Brett Morse contented a strong final finishing in third place with all top 3 athletes throwing over 60 metres. Reigning Paralympic Champion Aled Davies finished in 8th. Mica Moore impressed in heat 2 of the women’s 100m’s finishing strongly in second place to qualify for the semi-finals. Moore was back on to the track in the afternoon, missing out on a place in the final after finishing in sixth place in a strongly contested semi-final. Cardiff based athlete Sam Gordon continued his fine form by obliterating the field of the men’s 100m heat 5 to win in 10.40. Sam who is coached by Matt Elias sadly pulled out of the semi-finals with a hamstring niggle. It was a strong last 200 metres for Paul Bennett who managed to claw back second place in heat 2 of the men’s 400m hurdles. Birchfield Harrier Sally Peake battled it out training partner Holly Bradshaw in the women’s Pole Vault, The Scott Simpson coached athlete finished in third place. Swansea Harrier Caryl Granville looked in fine form as she won heat 2 of the women’s 400m hurdles, the Welsh Champion took the race from the gun and looked strong as she secured her place in tomorrow’s final. This was also a Commonwealth games B standard for the Swansea Athlete. Gareth Winter went one better than his bronze last year, clinching the silver medal after a big second round throw in the men’s shot-put final. Welsh Champion Owen Smith finished strongly in heat 3 of the men’s 400m to finish in third place, sadly the heat was not fast enough to grab a place in the final. The men’s 3000m steeplechase was highly contested with a strong field, Cardiff AC athlete Ieuan Thomas put in a big kick off the final bend to clinch a bronze medal and a place on the podium. Melissa Courtney looked controlled in heat 2 of the women’s 1500m to finish second and therefore cement her place for tomorrow’s final. Cardiff AC athlete Rowan Axe finished strong with a big kick in the final 100m to finish 3rd in heat 2 of the men’s 1500m. Tom Marshall looked strong as he qualified for the men’s 1500m final finishing runner up in heat 3.
Quotes from the day:
“First 3 rounds were very comfortable, I almost took it like a training session to get into the rhythm of things. But then when I tried to put the power on, I messed it up a little bit which has been the story of my season. Whenever I’ve tried to put a bit of power into it to get big throws, it falls apart. So really Frustrated” – Brett Morse after finishing 3rd in the men’s Discus.
“It was a bit difficult with the wind today, I struggled a little bit. But I had a couple of really good jumps which is promising. I still think I can jump a PB this season so I’m really hopeful of that in the next couple of competitions”- Sally Peake After finishing 3rd in the women’s Pole Vault.
“I was consistent which Is what they wanted, I’ve had quite a busy year. I just became a dad four months ago, so that obviously gives its own trials. But I was really happy with today! I was going into thinking bronze was probably what we are aiming at so everything else is a bonus”- Gareth Winter after finishing 2nd in the men’s shot put.
“It’s always great to get on the podium and always great to wear the Welsh vest and get a medal at a British Championships. But I’m always striving for a little bit more, I know there’s more there so now I’ve got to go and find a fast race and go after that world standard again”.- Ieuan Thomas after finishing 3rd in the men’s 3000m Steeplechase.
Tomorrow will hopefully see more medals for Welsh Athletes with David Omoregie due to compete in the 100m hurdles, Adele Nicoll in the shot put, Melissa Courtney in the 1500m and Bethan Davies in the 5000m walk to name a few.
3rd- Brett Morse- 60.12m
8th- Aled Davies- 53.58m
Women’s 100m heats
2nd- Mica Moore 11.89 Q (Heat 2)
6th- Amy Odunaiya 12.21 (Heat 4)
Men’s 100m heats
5th- Dewi Hammond 10.76 (Heat 1)
5th- Kristian Jones 10.59 (Heat 3)
6th- Makoye Kampengele 10.77 (Heat 4)
1st- Sam Gordon 10.40 Q (Heat 5)
4th- Anax Da Silva 10.69 (Heat 5)
4th- Joshua Brown 10.71 (Heat 6)
4th- James Griffiths 10.66 (Heat 7)
Men’s 400m Hurdles
2nd- Paul Bennett 52.76 (Heat 2)
Women’s Pole Vault
3rd- Sally Peake 4.25
11th- Jess Abraham 3.65
12th- Jason Copsey
Women’s 400m Hurdles heats
1st- Caryl Granville 57.42 (Heat 2)
4th- Lauren Williams 59.88 (Heat 1)
Women’s 100m semi-finals
6th- Mica Moore 11.82 (Heat 2)
Men’s Shot Put
2nd- Gareth Winter 17.35
3rd- Owen Smith 47.40
Men’s 3000m steeplechase
3rd- Ieuan Thomas 8:43.77
9th- Jonny Hopkins 8:56.65
8th- Ffion Price 4:22.70 (Heat 1)
2nd- Melissa Courtney 4:12.92 Q (Heat 2)
6th- Rhianwedd Price 4:16.40 Q (Heat 2)
3rd- Rowan Axe 3:43.94 (Heat 2)
2nd- Tom Marshall 3:45.79 Q (Heat 3)
5th- Rachel McClay 2:07.85 (Heat 3)