Wales’ World Class Youths Shine at Celtic Games.

The Celtic Games took place at Morton Stadium, Dublin on Saturday 5th August. There were a number of excellent performances from the Welsh team despite challenging weather conditions causing timetable delays throughout the day. Against strong opposition Wales came away with 11 victories and 4 Celtic Games Records.

The Celtic Games has been an annual fixture since 1976, the records lists for this event is littered with Olympians, World Championship athletes and Commonwealth medallists.  Therefore setting a games record in any event is a fantastic achievement.

The first track event of the day saw Grace Morgan (Nigel Lewis) take an impressive victory in the u16 girls 80mH half a second ahead of her nearest competitor in a time of 11.75s setting a new record in the process.

Wales had three of the world’s best u18 athletes on show. Commonwealth Youth Games medallists Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease) and James Tomlinson (Paul Jensen) led the charge in the field.

James added just over 3 meters to the Discus record previously held by Brett Morse from the 2006 games. James threw 60.33m nearly 10 meters ahead of second place. James is currently ranked 4th in the u18 World rankings.

Sarah broke the Shot Put record previously held by Adele Nicoll sending the shot soaring out to 15.85m. Sarah is currently ranked 12th in the u18 World rankings.

Arguably the performance of the 2017 Celtic Games came in the u18 Javelin. Wales’ Tom Hewson (Mark Bradford) broke a 12 year record by just over 3 meters with a throw of 74.06m. When the IAAF rankings are updated, this could see Tom climb to 12th in the u18 World rankings. A fantastic achievement.

Wales took victory in the u16 girls competition, with the u16 boys, u18 women and u18 men all finishing in 3rd. In the overall team standings Wales placed 3rd.

Overall combined scores
1st Ireland 188
2nd Scotland 159
3rd Wales 146

Welsh Athletics would like to congratulate all athletes and coaches involved and thank all of the team staff for their valuable contributions throughout the weekend.

 

Gold
Grace Morgan – u16 girls 80mH *Celtic Games Record
James Tomlinson – u18 Discus *Celtic Games Record
Sarah Omoregie – u18 Shot *Celtic Games Record
Tom Hewson – u18 Javelin *Celtic Games Record
Jeremiah Azu – u18 100m
Macy Morris – u16 200m
Kiara Frizelle – u18 1500m
U18 Men 4x100m
U16 mixed 4x100m
Megan Hodgson – u18 Pole Vault
Macy Jones – u18 Triple Jump

Silver
Shaun Zygadlo – u18 110mH
Lucy Davies – u18 1500m S/Chase
Ben Thomas – u18 2000m S/Chase
Naomi Reid – u18 800m
Abigail Fisher – u18 3000m
Bethan Burley – u18 400mH
Owain Lloyd-Hughes – u18 200m
Moli Jones – u18 200m
Remi Adebiyi – u18 1500m
Mia Roberts – u16 1500m
Emily Thomas – u18 Long Jump
Thomas Atkinson – u18 Triple Jump
Jack Moore – u18 High Jump
Jay Morse – u18 Shot
Lili Church – u16 High Jump

Bronze
Lauren Evans – u18 100mH
Ffion Roberts – u18 400m
Seth Kelly – u18 400m
Owen Hibbert – u18 800m
Elliot Lawrence – u18 3000m
U18 Women 4x400m
Ffion Palmer – u18 Hammer
Mark Mellor – u18 Pole Vault
Holly Cooper – u16 Discus
Danielle Jones – u18 Discus
Jack Moore – u18 High Jump

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