Thursday 12th July
With this weekend's Welsh Senior Championships fast approaching, we focus on some of the country's top athletes that will be action on Friday and Saturday at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium.
Owen Smith (Cardiff AAC; Matt Elias) has enjoyed his most successful outdoor season to date in 2018, and will look to defend his Welsh 400m title this weekend in Cardiff. 2018 began in brilliant fashion for the Cardiff AAC athlete, after representing British Athletics' 4 x 400m Relay Squad at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. He's dipped under the 47 second mark no less than six times in the 400m this season, coming agonisingly close to his lifetime best (46.23) in Oordegem back in May, when he ran 46.24. Owen also finished 2nd at the Loughborough International earlier this year, and finished 6th at the British Athletics Championships a fortnight ago. He'll be chasing another fast time this weekend as he looks to gain selection for British Athletics 4 x 400m Relay Squad at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin next month.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's Championships, Owen commented "I’m coming to the Welsh Champs looking to defend my title, its something I’ve not been able to do before, so I’m really keen to get the win this time. The £500 is in my mind, but there’s lots of top athletes competing, and conditions could be a factor for me. I’ll be looking for another 46 second clocking to keep pushing for European Championship selection, and to use the qualifying rounds to test some race tactics.”
Mica Moore (Birchfield Harriers; Lawrence Moore) is another athlete looking to defend her title at this weekend's Welsh Senior Championships - in the Women's 100m. Mica is a highly experienced athlete, not only on the track but in the winter sport of Bobsleigh. She competed as part of Wales' National Record breaking 4 x 100m Relay Squad at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and also made the Final of the 2-women Bobsleigh at this year's Winter Olympics. Despite having very few opportunities to race so far this season (due to her Bobsleigh commitments), Mica does have a season's best clocking of 11.82 at the UK Women's League in Eton in early June. She's a multiple-time Welsh Age-Group Champion, and has also represented Great Britain at the European Junior Championships.