The Weekend Round Up – Day by Day at The British Championships Inc. Olympic Trials
The day 1 action kicked off with the Decathletes starting with the first event of their 10-event campaign - competing over the 100m. In this event, we had 2014 & 2018 Commonwealth athlete Curtis Mathews. Mathews finished 4th in 11.73 racking up 703 points, putting him 9th after the first event.
The 2nd event was another Decathlon event – the Long Jump. Mathews came 9th with a jump of 6.55m earning him an extra 709 points – totaling up to 1414 points keeping him in 9th after 2 events.
After the 3rd Decathlon event – Shot Put, Mathews earned some valuable points winning the event in a new PB of 15.21 earning him 803 points putting him 2nd overall with 2217 points.
Caryl Granville was up next in her heat of the 400mh. Granville qualified for the final finishing 2nd in 58.09 behind Jessie Knight at 56.88
In the 100m, the women battled strong winds in the heats. Mica Moore and Shannon Malone qualified for the semi-final by securing the fastest non-automatic qualifier spots.
It was similar conditions in the men’s 100m where they also had to battle strong winds to qualify. Dan Beadsley, Jeremiah Azu, Sam Gordon, and Aaron Owen qualified for their semi-finals safely.
Back to the Decathlon where Curtis Mathews took on the High Jump. Mathews earned himself another 627 points by jumping 1.80m putting him 5th overall after 4 events with a total point score of 2844 points.
The 400m runners were next. Owen Smith secured his spot for the 400m finals by running 47.26 finishing 3rd in a very tough heat.
In the 1500m heats, we had both Jake Heyward and Piers Copland fight to qualify for the 1500m final. Heyward took the victory in the heat with Copland coming 2nd.
Ending on the 1st-day round-up of the championships we had the penultimate event, the U20 3000m final. Osian Perrin of Menai AC finished 4th just missing out on a medal with 8:24.06 – only 0:00.11 off of 3rd place.
On the 2nd day of the championships, we take a look at the men’s Discus Final where James Tomlinson finished 6th in the final with 54.09.
In the Women's Hammer final, Amber Simpson came 11th with a throw of 57.64
In the men’s 100m Mixed class final, DSW athlete Rhys Jones finished 5th in 12.35. Next, Caryl Granville lined up for the women's 400mh final where she finished 7th in 57.01.
The women’s 1500m final was the next event on track and Cardiff’s Cari Hughes was in the mix. It was an exciting race with 4 athletes in the final running new lifetime bests. Hughes came through in 7th place running a new lifetime best of 4:16.19.
In the men’s 1500m final there were more fireworks as 6 of the athletes running had an Olympic qualifying time including Jake Heyward and Piers Copland. With great execution, Heyward secured 3rd place in 3:42.41 so he will have to wait to see if the selectors will pick him as the 3rd man for the Tokyo Games. Copland finished in 10th place with 3:45.51.
In the men’s 100m final. Jeremiah Azu was the only Welsh athlete to make it to the final safely qualifying in 10.38sb.
In the women’s Steeplechase final, Kate Seary ran another PB of 10:11.06 to finish 4th, getting the Welsh Record back from Lauren Cooper who finished 7th in 10:25.12.
There were a host of fantastic performances in the men's Shot Put, with Patrick Swan picking up silver with a throw of 16.98m, and Daniel Cork Bronze with 16.61m . European Para Athletes Aled Davies and Kyron Duke were also in the competition, Davies through a new SB of 15.80 to finish 8th and Duke finished 10th with 13.56 SB.
Back to the track events, where we had the final of the men’s 400m. Owen Smith finished 8th in 47.09.
In the 100m men’s final after a long weekend, Jeremiah Azu finished 7th in 10.46.
The men’s Hammer final kicked off day 3. Welsh Record holder Osian Jones came 4th with a sb of 70.07.
The only medal of the day came in the women’s Shot Put final, where Adele Nicoll picked up Bronze with a throw of 16.20. Sabrina Fortune finished 9th with a new PB of 14.05.
Hollie Arnold competed in the women’s Javelin final. Arnold came 10th with a throw of 37.61.
The women’s Long Jump Welsh record holder Rebecca Chapman finished 7th in the women’s Long Jump final with 6.09m and Olivia Breen finished 11th with 4.57m.
The women’s 5000m Walk final was next up where there was some terrific news. Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist Bethan Davies won the event becoming British Champion in a sb time of 22:47.85.
In the men’s Pole Vault final, Tom Walley finished 9th with 4.85m.
It was a good race in the women’s 5000m final. Charlotte Arter was the first of the Welsh athletes to cross the line in 4th place with a new PB of 15:34.64, Jenny Nesbitt followed in 15:40.92 and Beth Kidger followed Nesbitt in 15:54.09.
To round of the championships, we finish with the men’s 3000m Steeplechase final where Jonny Hopkins finished 6th in 8:58.54.
To find all the results, click here: British Championships Inc. Olympic Trials