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Golden Three

Sunday 27 August 2017

Three Cardiff AAC athletes were in Bedford yesterday for the first day of the England Athletics under 15 and under 17 championships (which count as UK championships) and returned with gold medals.

Jeremiah Azu won the under 17 100m title in an outstanding 10.65 seconds which not only smashed his personal best and sets a club record but is the fastest 100m ever recorded by a sixteen year old Welsh athlete. Joining him on the gold medal table was Jay Morse who set a new personal best and club record of 55.28m for the U17 men's discus and consolidated his position as number one in the UK. The third of the golden trio was Kiara Frizelle who took the under 17 women's 1500m in 4:32.31.

Jeremiah has enjoyed a tremendous season, regularly clocking fast times, but his 10.65 (he won his heat in 10.66) takes him to a new level as it erases the club record of 10.71 held by Tim Benjamin since 1998. Tim was an outstanding athlete, representing Great Britain at every age level. In 1999 he was the world youth champion over 200m.

Jay Morse is also steadily improving and added 5th in the shot put to his discus gold yesterday. He has a clear lead at the top of the UK rankings and is following in the (giant) footsteps of big brother Brett.

Kiara deserved her win in the 1500m and was followed home in fourth place by fellow club member Abi Fisher.

Although just missing out on gold, Tom Atkinson won the silver medal in the under 17 men's triple jump with 13.93m, a personal best.

Other Cardiff athletes in Bedford were: Lloyd Clarke (6th under 15 boys' javelin); Cassey Grimwade (6th under 15 girls' hammer); Ben Hillman (6th under 15 boys' long jump); Nia Clatworthy, Seth Kelly, Issie Tustin and Isabel Breeden.

Two more medals were won today when Isabel Breeden took the bronze in the under 17 women's 300m hurdles and Ben Hillman also won bronze, in the under 15 boys 80m hurdles, setting a personal best time of 11.47 in his heat.

Others competing today were Iwan Robinson-Booth, Saffie Maurice, Nia Clatworthy (8th in the under 15 girls' 1500m final), Issie Tustin, Cassey Grimwade (8th in the under 15 girls' discus) and Matt Register.

It is very important for Welsh athletes to test themselves against the best in Britain and it is a credit to those who have gone to Bedford for these championships. It is great to get medals of course but the experience is perhaps even more important.

Thanks to Ian Leek for the photographs.

The results from yesterday and today can be found here.

Meanwhile the Welsh inter-regional championships were taking place in Brecon with numerous Cardiff athletes representing their regions.. The track results can be seen HERE and the field events HERE.