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Another gold for Bethan

Sunday 26 June 2016

Just as Aled Davies is unbeatable in his events, Bethan Davies is by far the best British race walker of the moment and, today, proved this once again by winning the 5000k walk by over a minute at the British Athletics championships and Olympic trials in Birmingham.

Bethan's time of 22:03.82 improved her own personal best time by three seconds. The day before, she had been in Poland in an unsuccessful attempt to achieve the qualifying standard for the 20k walk.

Also at the trials, Aled yet again improved his own personal best (and, naturally, his own world record) in the F42 shot put with a throw of 16.38m

Elsewhere at the trials there were mixed fortunes for Cardiff athletes.

David Omoregie showed a return to good form to run a season's best 13.58 in his heat of the 110m hurdles and, in the final against a stiff wind, was fourth in 13.67. Rhys Williams, having qualified comfortably for the final of the 400m hurdles was pushed into third place in 49.90. And Brett Morse could manage only 58.75m for second place in the discus.

Ffion Price and Tom Marshall made it through to the finals of their respective 1500m races, with Ffion finishing 10th and Tom ninth. Charlotte Arter, meanwhile, ran a controlled 5000m to finish in an excellent fifth place in a time of 16:00.79, a mere 33 seconds off her personal best.

Other Cardiff AAC performances were: Gareth Hopkins (6th in heat 2 of the 100m in 10.97); Anax da Silva (3rd in heat 4 of the 100m in 10.67); Josh Brown (4th in heat 9 of the 100m in 10.82); Kristian Jones (8th in heat 3 of the 200m in 22.04); Owen Smith (2nd in heat 2 of the 400m in 47.48 and 4th in the semi final in 47.67); Paul Bennett (4th in heat 2 of the 400m hurdles in 53.35); Gareth Warburton (4th in heat 1 of the 800m in 1:50.81); Jason Copsey (8th in the javelin with 64.78m); Lucy Griffiths (9th in the shot put with 12.90m).