The Weekend Round Up
Co-Captain Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones) defended his Paralympic title in style as he threw three 15m+ throws that would have beat the competition. Davies' winning throw was 15.33 which beat his competitor's attempts with ease as 2nd place threw 14.88. This title adds to Aled's Paralympic titles he has, with this being his 3rd as he won in London, Rio, and now Tokyo. This was also Aled's 20th gold medal at a major championship.
Other medals did come from Hollie Arnold MBE, winning bronze in the Women's F46 javelin with a throw of 39.73m, Olivia Breen winning bronze in the T38 Women's Long Jump final, and bronze for Harri Jenkins in the T33 100m final.
BRITISH & IRISH JUNIOR MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
13 Welsh athletes competed in the British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships at the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland on Saturday 4th September. The event consisted of four races on the same 4km/393m straight up and down race route with no flat sections. Deri McCluskey (Maldwyn) was the best placed Welsh male finisher in the under 17’s race in 8th position overall with Maddison Griffiths (Maldwyn) the best placed female athlete, also in her respective under 17’s race in 11th position overall.
The under 17 male and female teams ran better than expected to both finished in the Bronze medal positions. With three finishers required to score, we only had two under 20 female and three under 18 male athletes competing. The under 18 male team placed 4th overall and out of the medals.
Arwel Lewis commented;
"A very good competitive international experience for our junior athletes with five athletes making their international debuts. Thank you to Phil Hodge and his NIMRA colleagues for the warm welcome and for a well-organised event."
*British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships provided by Karen Mage*
At the UKSG it was fantastic to see Carmarthen Athlete Storm Evans be awarded the Spirit of the Games Award at the Schools Game Final. Storm is currently on one of the Welsh Athletics Regional Development Programme run by Welsh Athletics Ryan Spencer- Jones. Storm competed in the girl's Discus and in the Universal 4x100 relay where she finished 5th and 3rd.
Dafydd Pawlett won the U17M Shot Put with a throw of 17.44m which is just shy of his lifetime best of 17.76. DSW athlete Keiran Jones won the F43 Shot Put with a throw of 7.45, which is just 2cm off of his seasons best and 4cm off of his lifetime best. In the U20 Discus, Michael Jenkins (Ryan Spencer-Jones) and Zachary Tandy (Anthony Hughes) got the 1-2 with Jenkins taking the victory in 55.96 and Tandy taking 2nd in 42.67. Chloe Jones (John Davies) took 2nd place in the women's U17 Javelin with a new lifetime best throw of 42.50.
Nyree Perry (Edward Thompson) secured the bronze medal in the U17W Pole Vault with a vault of 3.35m.
Onto the track now where, Lucy Wintle of Pembrokeshire Harriers took 2nd place in the U17W 300mH with a time of 45.25. Aled Tumelty (Kevin Tobin) of Swansea Harriers took 3rd in the U17M 1500mSC in a new lifetime best performance of 4:38.11, and Henry Evans came 4th also in a new lifetime best time of 4:38.17.
The Schools Games in Loughborough was also a great day for the Team of Welsh support Staff that supported Team Brisbane. Team (Brisbane) were overall winners for Athletics. The team was lead by Morgan Jones (DSW) supported by Debbie Bull, Barry Evans, Carol Jones, and Edward Thompson.
See the full results here.