Day 1 Round-Up: 2023 Welsh Senior & U15 Championships
The first day of year’s Welsh Senior and U15 Championships took place with the sun shining at the Cardiff International Sports Campus, with a day full of action across a wide range of track and field events.
The day started strong with the 10k race walk; Gracie Griffiths (Pembrokeshire Harriers) managed to break the U20 Welsh record after a great effort, finishing in 51:15:97, whilst Heather Warner of Pembrokeshire Harriers took the gold in the Senior Women’s with a time of 46:54.14. Cameron Corbishley of Medway and Maidstone AC also finished with a time of 45:21.48.
Two athletes extended their own Welsh records. Libby Hale (Swansea Harriers) was able to break the U15 1500m Welsh record after securing the win in 4:26.75 to also take the UK lead for the age group. Whilst Olivia Scrimshaw (Deeside AAC) extended her Welsh triple jump record from last season to 11.77m.
2022 Commonwealth Games athlete Amber Simpson (Wrexham AC) threw well in the Senior Women’s hammer throw, winning gold convincingly, throwing a distance of 63.98m. The men’s was a closer contest, with Ben Hawkes (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) taking gold, throwing 69.90m, ahead of Osian Jones (Liverpool Harriers) who threw 68.76m.
Adele Nicoll (Birchfield Harriers) won gold convincingly on the day in the Senior Women’s shot put with a distance of 17.10m, whilst she also won a second gold in the Senior Women’s discus, throwing 48.67m to beat Samantha Callaway (Newham & Essex Beagles AC) who took silver, throwing 46.75m. The Para Female discus was won Funmi Oduwaiye who threw 32.26m as her best.
It was a dream day for the Brier family as both Hannah and Joe Brier (Swansea Harriers) took gold in their 400m finals, Hannah finishing in 54.13s and Joe finishing in 45.96s. This is the first time that siblings have both won the same event at a Welsh Championships.
An extremely tight Senior Men’s 100m final saw Ukrainian athlete Stanislav Kovalenko take the victory over Joshua Brown (Cardiff AC), with just 0.03 seconds separating the two. Kovalenko ran a 10.50s whilst Brown finished at 10.53s. The Senior Women’s 100m final was won by Hannah Longden (Cardiff AC) after running in 11.59s.
We are set for another great day of action tomorrow for Day 2. Click here to view Sunday's timetable.