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Bolt from the blue Monday 24 August 2009

Usain Bolt world record Berlin

In his world record breaking 200m, Usain Bolt was timed over the first 100m at 9.92sec and over the second 100m at, wait for it, 9.27sec. The IAAF today said that it had requested the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) to test Usain Bolt to ascertain that he was human. This followed rumours and innuendos from fellow athletes and their coaches that the Jamaican was, in fact, an alien being. “These performances are out of this world,” said one sprinter. “The guy ain't human,” said another. “I mean he runs faster than I drive,” said the grandmother of another 200 metre finalist.

Cardiff men promoted Saturday 22 August 2009

James Williams & James Thie BAL Kingston 22 Aug 2009

Cardiff AAC are the champions of the British Athletics League Division Two, but only just after a dramatic conclusion to the season at Kingston. Inspired by Christian Malcolm, who was named BAL man of the match, Cardiff were crowned champions on points difference, winning the title by 36.5 points from Blackheath & Bromley who were promoted alongside them.

Match 4 – The decider!! Friday 21 August 2009

BAL logo

It will be a nervous afternoon for the Cardiff AAC British League men’s team tomorrow, 22 August, at Kingston where the fourth and final round of the 2009 series takes place. We start the day in second place overall, 2 points clear of our old rivals Thames Valley Harriers, and one behind Blackheath. Two teams only are guaranteed promotion and the final match takes place in London!

Berlin Diary - Part 1 Thursday 20 August 2009

WCH Berlin

For the past five days, the eyes of the athletic world have been focused on Berlin and the World Athletics Championships. Amongst the spectators in the Olympic stadium has been the select group of the club’s “Cardiff on Tour” who were there from the first moment of competition last Saturday and will be there until the closing ceremony next Sunday.

Good luck to Rhys Friday 14 August 2009

Rhys Williams

Tomorrow evening, Saturday, in Berlin, Rhys Williams will settle into his starting blocks for the first round of the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships. This will mark the high spot of his first full year of competition since taking the Bronze medal at the European Championships in Gothenburg 1n 2006. The 400m hurdles, as all world championship events, will be tough with a clutch of top athletes from the USA and elsewhere. The entry list contains 34 athletes from 23 countries so Wales can be proud to have 2 (Rhys and Swansea's Dave Greene).

Speed and ambition Thursday 13 August 2009

Wilson Kipketer

On the eve of the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, something different. Wilson Kipketer is the world record holder over 800m and one of the most stylish runners the world has seen. He took Seb Coe's record that many thought would itself be the ultimate. Tony Ward was a middle distance coach and is a provocative commentator on athletics. He has written an interesting article on the importance of speed in middle distance running which is reproduced in full. Click more to read it.

World bronze for Alyson Tuesday 11 August 2009

Alyson Hourihan

Cardiff's evergreen veteran athlete, Alyson Hourihan, has returned from the recent World Masters Athletics Championships in Lahti, Finland, with a bronze medal in the women's discus. Alyson, who competed in no less than six (yes, six) events, also broke the British record in the throws pentathlon where she finished in 4th place.

Joe Thomas wins Monday 10 August 2009

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas has roared back to form, winning an international 800m race with a fine 1:46.36 at the Copenhagen Athletic Games in the Osterbro Stadium last Thursday, 6th August. Joe was a clear winner of the race and his time places him second on this year's UK 800m rankings behind Michael Rimmer's 1:46.13. It is only 0.16 seconds outside his own personal best of 1:46.20 set just over a year ago.

Men take third place Sunday 9 August 2009

Cup Final Copthall 8 8 09

Cardiff's senior men's team contested the BAL 10 in 100 cup final at Copthall Stadium, North London, yesterday, 8th August, taking third place behind winners Channel Islands with Blackheath and Bromley second. Best points winner for Cardiff was Dave Coleman who won the discus with 51.23m and came third in the shot put with 13.88m, both personal best performances.

Women's team secure Wednesday 5 August 2009


Grangemouth stadium, Glasgow, was the venue for the third and final round of the UK Women's league series. Cardiff, needing a solid performance to safeguard the team's place in division 2, came fifth on the day and also 5th over the series. Emma Peters and Emily Brown were Cardiff's only individual winners but, with athletes covering multiple events, the team was safe.

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