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Amanda in double triumph

Sunday 14 June 2009

Following her 800m win in last Wednesday's Super8 competition (where she was the only winner for the "Cardiff" team), Amanda Moss returned to Cardiff International Sports Stadium yesterday, 13th June, to take the 800m title in the Welsh Championships. Amanda was amongst a host of Cardiff AAC medallists, notable amongst which were Rhys Williams' excellent win in the 400m Hurdles and Christian Malcolm's 200m victory.

Amanda and Rhys are both returning to fine form after a couple of years of injuries and both have high ambitions for the season. Amanda modestly says that she simply wants to improve her personal best but, if she can stay injury free, could well find herself back in the British team before long. Rhys Williams clocked a championship record time of 49.38 sec which would surely have been close to a personal best 49secs with good opposition (he was clear of the field by the third hurdle, running solo from then on).

Amanda, now married to fellow athlete Chris Moss, saw Chris win both the 800m and 1500m, an unusual family triple success.

One of the best races of the day was the men's 200m which saw Christian Malcolm hold off Tim Benjamin with Tim Abeyie third. Sadly, this result was marred by the failure (not for the first time) of the electronic timing system. This should not happen in a Welsh Championship. Tim Benjamin looks to be enjoying a good start to his season having recorded 45.51 for 400m in Thessaloniki on Wednesday, improving on his 45.80 in Turin the week before.

Sara Barry again came close to her own Welsh triple jump record with a winning leap of 12.61m.

Cardiff's medallists were as follows:

Gold:  Phil Doorrgachurn (100m M);  Christian Malcolm (200m M);  Chris Moss (800m M & 1500m M);  Rhys Williams (400mH M);  Alex Ezechi-Obiako (Triple Jump M);  Amanda Moss (800m W);  Emma Peters (400mH);  Imogen Miles (Long Jump W); Sara Barry (Triple Jump W).           

Silver:  Tim Benjamin (200m M);  Jorge Thomas (1500m M);  Michael Johnson (3000m M);  Rhianne Jones* (400m W);  Bethan Strange (1500m W);  Emily Brown (2000m s/c W);  Tom Kivell (Triple Jump M).     

Bronze:  Andrew Friend (3000m s/c M);  Mica Moore (100m W);  Lauren Regan* (400m W);  Lucy Lougher* (100mH W);  Bryony Raine (Pole Vault W);  Alyson Hourihan* (Shot Put W). 

Additionally, Leah Dixon won the Under 20 Women's 3000m.          

*Rhianne Jones actually received a gold medal as the event winner did not have a Welsh qualification. Similarly, Lauren Regan actually received a silver medal, Lucy Lougher a silver medal in the 100mH and a bronze in the 400mH, Alyson Hourihan a silver, James Thie a  bronze in the 3000m and Tom Kivell a bronze in the Long Jump.