Welsh Athlete Owen Smith, ranked second in the UK this year, has been selected to #represent Great Britain for the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on the 2nd to 4th March. Cardiff AAC's Smith is in great shape but was frustratingly disqualified after running well at the UK indoor championships last weekend, but his 47.03 clocking at the Vienna Indoor Classic last month was enough to secure his spot as part of a strong men's 4 x 400m squad. Owen, who was back training today in Cardiff said:
"I was over the moon to get the call" said Owen "making the team has been a target for me since the start of the season, so after the frustrations of the weekend, its a real relief to know all the hardwork has paid off and i'm on the team. I've been competing against the other guys on the team, but it will be cool to now pull on my first senior British vest and run with them. I'm really looking forward now to competing next weekend at the Glasgow Grand Prix in a really top class field, and then preparing for the World Championships."
The 4 x 400m men's relay final will be the final event of the World Championship weekend, and GB will be looking to continue their relay medal winning after their successes at the London 2017 World Outdoor Championships. Former Welsh 400m runner and a GB relay team regular, Matt Elias is Owen's coach, and is delighted his athlete has finally got his well deserved British vest:
"Owen is so dedicated and has been pushing for this vest for years. Owen is well suited to running indoors, and has plenty of relay experience at club and GB junior level, so we targetted a place at the World Indoors, and now we've acheived it. I'm excited he'll get to compete on the international stage in a home games with fantastic support, its a real bonus after missing out on the possibility of an individual place after the emotional rollercoaster of the weekend. Wales has a strong tradition of 400m running, and i'm sure Owen's success will help inspire more young athletes to keep that tradition going."