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Weekend Round Up (28-29th May)

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30/05/2022 00:00, In Blog / Track & Field / Commonwealth Games /

IFAM Oordegem, Belgium

Joe Brier (Swansea) ran within the 45s again, this time clocking 45.75s to take 3rd in the mens 400m. This was just 0.01s off his personal best set earlier this year.

Dafydd Jones (Carmarthen) was also in action, over the slightly longer event of 5000m, but took home a new personal best of 14:10.62, which elevated him to 3rd on the Welsh U20 All Time List.

In the 3000m Steeplechase, Ben Thomas (Carmarthen) ran a new personal best of 8:58.79, whilst Remi Adebeyi clocked 3:53.33 in the 1,500m and Moli Lyons 4:42.03.

Full results can be found here

Prefontaine Classic, Eugene, USA

Jake Heyward (Cardiff) ran a very impressive 3:51.99 mile in the infamous Bowerman Mile to record a 7th place finish, in a race won by Olympic Champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen. This was a new Welsh record, where Jake lowered his record of 3:52.15.

England Athletics Senior & U20 Combined Events Championships, Bedford

This years World Combined Events Tour and England Athletics Senior and U20 Combined Events Championships were held in Bedford with 3 Welsh Women taking part.

Lauren Evans (Cardiff) got the two day event off to a fantastic start, running a time of 13.84s in the 100m hurdles (1001 points), recording the second fastest time of the day and her first ever sub 14s performance. Grace Morgan (Cardiff Archers) also flew through the first event of the day, recording the 6th fastest time of 14.30s (936 points). Lauryn Davey (Swansea) again, put down a strong starter, with a time of 14.74s and 876 points.

It was in the high jump where Lauren Evans made her presence further known, leaping a mighty height of 1.77m (941 points) to clear the highest height of the day, which was also an outdoor personal best. Lauryn Davey cleared a height of 1.59m (724 points), whilst Grace Morgan jumped 1.50m (621 points).

Moving into the third event of the day, the shot put, Lauryn Davey secured 654 points with a putt of 11.89m for the 8th longest throw of the day. Lauren Evans continued her strong performances with a put of 11.02m for another 596 points, whilst Grace Morgan threw 9.73m (512), a new personal best in the event.

In the final event on day one, Lauren Evans ended on a very strong note, with a 25.30 clocking in the 200m, laying down another 859 points. A 26.02s clocking for Lauryn Davey meant she finished the day with 795 points in the 200m. Grace Morgan also recorded a time of 26.02s for 795 points too.

Lauren picked up where she left off at the start of day 2, leaping out to 5.78m in the long jump, securing another 783 points. Lauryn added 688 points to her total score, with a jump of 5.46m, and Grace another 680 points with a best of 5.43m.

Up next, the Javelin throw, where Lauryn secured 579 points with a best throw of 35.40m. Lauren recorded a best of 25.18m for 386 points, and Grace 545 points with a throw of 33.60m and another out right personal best.

Going into the final event, the 800m, Lauren was sitting in 6th, Lauryn in 7th and Grace in 12th. It was all to play for in the 2 lap event. Lauren ran a time of 2:22.80 to finish 6th in the race and secure a valuable 786 points. Just behind her was Lauryn with a time of 2:23.16 (781 points) and Grace in 2:26.04 (743 points). 

With a final score of 5352 and personal best for Lauren, she remained in 6th place overall, a fantastic result for a strong set of performances. Lauryn also remained in 7th, with a final score of 5097. With a strong 800m performance, Grace managed to move up one place and finish 11th overall with a new personal best of 4832. 

In his first senior decathlon, Harri Wheeler (Cardiff) also put together a strong set of performances. Opening up with an 11.58s 100m, he notched up 736 points besides his name. Following on, Harri continued to lay down good marks, with a 5.82m (548 points) long jump, an 11.79m (594 points) shot put, a 1.68m (528 points) high jump and a 54.03s (638 points) 400m.

Coming back on day 2, Harri continued where he left off, with performances of 17.90s (534 points) in the 110m hurdles, 31.84m (501 points) in the discus, 3.10m (381 points) in the pole vault, 30.72m (309 points) in the javelin and 4:57.63 (573 points) in the 1500m.

Harri concluded the day with 5342 points and a 14th place finish!

Full results can be found here

Photo Gary Mitchell

Gran Premio Cantones de La Coruña, Spain

Heather Lewis (Pembrokshire) took on the tough conditions in Spain to place 13th in a quality field, continuing her great form and recording a time of 1:36:54 for the 20km distance. 

Feature image provided by Mark Sherman