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Joe goes to China

Thursday 11 August 2011

Cardiff's international 800m runner Joe Thomas travels to Shenzhen, China as part of the British team competing in the World University Games. Selection for this event will go some way towards compensating Joe for missing out on a place at the World Championships in Daegu. Round one of the 800m takes place on Friday, 19th August, with the semi final the following day and the final on the 21st.

Also travelling with the team, as team manager, will be former Cardiff international 400m runner Mike Delaney.

Cardiff athletes have done well in previous editions of the World University Games.

As long ago as 1937, Jim Alford took gold medals in both the 800m and the 1500m and, in 1973, Berwyn Price won the 110m hurdles. Silver medals were won by Lynn Davies (Long Jump - 1965), Wynford Leyshon (400m Hurdles - 1973) and Steven Shalders (Triple Jump - 2005) whilst Dawn Higgins brought home a bronze medal in 1999 (4 x 400m relay) and Gable Garenamotse also won bronze; in the Long Jump in 2001.

We wish Joe good luck to follow in this tradition.