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Bethan walks it

Sunday 11 June 2017

One of the class acts at yesterday's Welsh Championships, held in Cardiff, was Bethan Davies' victory in the 3000m walk. Having led from the start, GB international Bethan won easily but just missed out on a new Welsh and personal record. Her winning time of 12:26.45 is by far the best time in the UK this year.

On a very successful day for Cardiff AAC, club athletes took medals (usually gold) in nearly all the men's championship events and in many of the women's, with clean sweeps in the men's 100m and the women's high jump.

The men's 100m was won by Sam Gordon in a personal best time of 10.32, with Anax da Silva taking the silver and Josh Brown the bronze. May's athlete of the month Jeremiah Azu (16) made the final of the 100m after setting another personal best (10.83) in his heat. The women's high jump was won by Belen Simarro de Pascual with Emily Steer second and Sofia Vella third.

Back with the sprinters, Kristian Jones broke his own personal best time twice to take the silver medal in 21.36 and Owen Smith outclassed the others to win the 400m in 47.41, also a personal best.

Alex Coomber ran the 800m from the front to take gold, holding off fast finishing silver medallist Tom Marshall. Rowan Axe is enjoying a streak of fine form and comfortably won the 1500m with junior star Jake Heyward second.

Simeon Clarence long jumped a personal best 7.06m to win the event, with decathlete Curtis Mathews returning to good form to take the silver medal with 6.98m. Brett Morse took his customary win in the discus and Jason Copsey won the javelin.

Alongside Bethan Davies, one of the best performance in the women's events was a big personal best long jump of 6.31m by Rebecca Chapman. To Underline her good form, all six of Rebecca's jumps were over 6m.

The championships included a number of under 15 individual events and, here again, Cardiff athletes were first in all but two of them. The Reynolds brothers were first and third in the 1500m with Ben taking the title and Jacob third. Lloyd Clarke won the shot put and discus and was second in the javelin while Ben Henson was second in the shot put and third in the discus and javelin. Cassey Grimwade took the hammer title and the silver medal in the shot put. Consistent Nia Clatworthy triumphed in the 1500m.

Cardiff's event winners were:

Senior Men:
Gold: Sam Gordon (100m - pb); Owen Smith (400m - pb); Alex Coomber (800m); Rowan Axe (1500m); Paul Bennett (400m hurdles); Simeon Clarence (long jump - pb); Brett Morse (discus); Jason Copsey (javelin).
Silver: Anax da Silva (100m); Kristian Jones (200m - pb); Tom Marshall (800m); Jake Heyward (1500m); James Hunt (5000m); Ryan Cooper (400m hurdles); Curtis Mathews (long jump).
Bronze: Josh Brown (100m); Iori Moore (400m - pb); Harry Hillman (pole vault); Gage Francis (triple jump); Jac Palmer (hammer); Richard Dangerfield (javelin).

Senior Women:
Gold: Hannah Thomas (200m); Rachel Donnison (400m - pb); Bethan Davies (3000m walk); Belen Simarro de Pascual (high jump); Jessica Abraham (pole vault); Rebecca Chapman (long jump - pb).
Silver: Isabel Breeden (100m hurdles); Emily Brown (3000m steeplechase); Emily Steer (high jump - pb); Sarah Omoregie (shot put); Tasia Stephens (javelin).
Bronze: Rhiannon Linnington-Payne (400m - pb); Lizzie Harris (800m - pb); Clara Evans (5000m); Sofia Vella (high jump); Megan Hodgson (pole vault); Ffion Palmer (hammer).

Other notable performance by athletes not qualified for a Welsh championship medal were: Joe Reid (3rd 400m in 48.33) and Eleni Zembashi (discus 2nd).

Under 15 boys:
Gold: Ben Reynolds (1500m - pb); Lloyd Clarke (shot put - pb & discus - pb); 4x100m relay.
Silver: Ben Henson (shot put - pb); Lloyd Clarke (javelin).
Bronze: Jacob Reynolds (1500m - pb); Ben Henson (discus - pb & javelin - pb); 4x100m relay.

Under 15 girls:
Gold: Nia Clatworthy (1500m - pb); Cassey Grimwade (hammer).
Silver: Cassey Grimwade (shot put).

Under 13 girls:
Bronze: 4x100m relay.

The weather during the day was mostly dry but with a gusting wind which, fortunately, was below the legal limit much of the time. However the wind made it quite difficult for many of the events and the numerous personal best performances are all the more creditable.

The full official results can be seen here.