Four London 2012 Olympians have been included in a strong Welsh team for next month’s Loughborough International.
The International marks the start of the new track and field season for many of Wales’ top athletes as they compete against England, Scotland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland U20, Loughborough students and British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) on Sunday 19 May.
Reigning European champion Rhys Williams, who reached the semi-finals of the 400m in London, goes in the 4x400m in along with Gareth Warburton, who ran in the 800m at last summer’s Games.
Former European and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Christian Malcolm, who reached the 200m semi-finals in London, is set to race in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.
Discus thrower Brett Morse, the British under 23 and Welsh record holder, completes the quartet of Olympians in the Welsh team under head coach Scott Simpson.
The Welsh team also includes Commonwealth Games silver medalist Carys Parry, who took second place in the hammer throw at the 2010 Games in Delhi.
The philosophy behind the selection is “to select the best team possible to represent Wales, while offering international competition opportunity to developing U20 and U23 athletes”.
Consideration was given to 2012 performances, 2013 indoor and off track performances (where applicable), previous head-head results, athlete performance at major events (including Welsh and UK Championships) as well as an athlete’s future potential to represent Wales at the highest level.