Welsh athletes produce phenomenal performances at British Indoor Championships

Sunday 10th February, 2019 

Wales' top track and field athletes produced some stunning performances to take the British Athletics Indoor Championships by storm over the weekend, with a total of six medals being won, and eleven new lifetime bests recorded. 

Commonwealth Games representative Heather Lewis (Martin Bell; Pembrokeshire Harriers) took home gold in the Women's 5K Race Walk in a new lifetime best performance of 22:55, whilst Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark; Poole) secured the required top 2 finish in the Women's 3,000m to take home the silver medal. Cardiff athlete Owen Smith (Matt Elias) produced personal best times in both the Semi-Final (46.85) and Final (46.37) of the Men's 400m to take home the silver medal and also secured a qualifying standard for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow on 1st-3rd March. 

Young Cardiff sprinter Jeremiah Azu (Helen James) produced an outstanding performance as he took bronze in the Men's 60m Final, whizzing to a new lifetime best and Welsh Junior Indoor Record of 6.66 seconds, whilst Welsh 200m Champion Melissa Roberts (Matt Elias; Birchfield) stormed to a bronze medal finish in the Women's 200m Final with a new lifetime best of 24.28 seconds. Adele Nicoll (Ryan Spencer-Jones; Birchfield) saved her best performance of the season for the big stage as she recorded a season's best of 15.58m to take home the bronze medal in the Women's Shot Put. 

In addition to the medal tally, there were a number of other lifetime best performances, including in the Men's 400m where Joe Brier (Matt Elias; Swansea Harriers) finished 4th in 47.42 and the Women's Long Jump where Sarah Abrams (John Shepherd; Blackheath & Bromley) was 5th with 6.21m. Amy Odunaiya (Dave Norton; Wrexham AC)was also 4th in the Women's 200m Final, clocking a lifetime best in the process with 24.20 seconds in her Semi-Final, whilst Patrick Swan (Mo Pearson; Cornwall) and Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease; Cardiff Athletics) also finished 4th in the Men's and Women's Shot Put competitions respectively (with Season's Best throws of 16.25m and 14.27m). 

Swansea Harrier Leon Greenwood (Dave Norton) also produced a lifetime best performance of 21.45 in the Men's 200 Semi-Finals, and finished 5th in the Final later on Sunday, whilst Hannah Brier (Glyn Hawkes; Swansea Harriers) finished 7th in a highly competitive Women's 60m Final. Welsh 400m Champion Laura Turley (Ian Broadhurst; West Cheshire) clocked a new lifetime best of 54.67 as she advanced to the semi-finals of the Women's 400m, and Cardiff's Sophie Hay (Matthew Wood) also clocked a new lifetime best in the Women's 60m Hurdles Heats with 8.69 seconds, and there were season's bests for duo Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones; Cardiff Athletics) in the Men's Shot Put (15.22m) and Sam Gordon (Matt Elias; Cardiff Athletics) in the Men's 60m (5th in Semi-Final with 6.77 seconds). 

Beth Kidger (Joel Kidger; Brighton) notched back to back lifetime best in the Women's 1500m, clocking 4:26 in Saturday's heat and then 4:24 in Sunday's Final for a 9th placed finish, whilst Swansea Harrier Ben Paris (Joseph McDonnell) clocked a new lifetime best of 22.04 in the Men's 200m Heats. Women's 800m duo Rachel McClay (Bracknell) and Laura Maddox (Colin Bovell; Swansea Harriers) also secured season's best efforts of 2:07:70 and 2:09:87 in their respective heats of the Women's 800m. 

Full results from all the Welsh athletes in action at the British Athletics Indoor Championships can be found here.

Jeremiah Azu - Bronze in Men's 60m

Melissa Courtney - Silver in Women's 3k 

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