Cardiff's European and Commonwealth medallist Rhys Williams safely qualified today for the final of the 400m hurdles at this weekend's UKA Olympic trials in Birmingham.
Rhys qualified by winning heat 2 in 50.54, the second fastest time, to secure his place, and potentially a good lane, in what will be one of most important races of his career. The final is at 17.13 tomorrow, Saturday - don't miss it.
Also comfortably through from heat 8 of the 100m, in 10.48, is popular club stalwart Christian Malcolm. Christian will line up tomorrow in semi final two, with the final later in the day.
Thursday 14 June 2012
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Cardiff’s promising young hammer thrower Jac Palmer (16) has set a new club record in the under 17 hammer, erasing the record set by his father Adrian in 1985.
After achieving a series of personal bests during May, Jac threw the 5k implement 59.14 metres during the Welsh Senior League at Cwmbran last Sunday, 27th May. The previous record was 56.92m.
Cardiff's British Athletics League team got off to an excellent start on Sunday last, 27th May, in its bid for promotion back to the premiership division.
In conditions that team Manager James Williams decribed as "more fitting for the Caribbean than north London, temperatures in the high twenties, which made life very difficult for all athletes", Cardiff ended the day in third spot.
Cardiff's athlete of the match was Joe Maynard (pictured at the regional championships) for his performances in the 800m (which he won) and the 4x400m relay..
Cardiff' European and Commonwealth medallist Rhys Williams took a step nearer his ambition of selection for the London Olympics by running the A qualifying time (49.50) in Oordegem, Belgium yesterday, 27 May.
Rhys was timed at 49.45 and jumped to third place on the latest UK rankings, which are headed by fellow Welshman Dai Greene who clocked 48.96 in Morroco, although coming second to Felix Sanchez. Ranked second is Richard Yates (49.39) who just edged out Rhys in the run in in Belgium.
Two other British athletes, including Jack Green, have already run sub-50 so the battle for Olympic places is hotting up.
We shall keep our fingers crossed for Rhys.
Cardiff's UK Women's League team started the 2012 campaign with a home match at the Cardiff International Stadium under a mostly cloudless sky but very hot conditions.
Cardiff finished the day in sixth place and, amongst some creditable performances, could produce only four winners.
Emma Pullen and Rhiannon Linnington-Payne won the A and B 400m respectively and were jointly presented by club treasurer Graham Webb as Cardiff's athletes of the match.
After the first round match of this year's Welsh Under 15 League had been cancelled because of torrential rain, today's match at Aberdare was held in glorius sunshine, albeit there was a strong wind.
Cardiff had 34 individual event winners, including a Harry Hillman (pictured) double and the team scored a resounding win, amassing 1089 points against second placed Cwmbran's 678.
On a glorious summer's evening, thousands of spectators turned out to cheer Cardiff's Melanie Stephenson as she set off on the final stage of the day's Olympic torch relay in Cardiff.
From Cathedral Road to Cardiff Castle, the street was crowded with onlookers as Melanie's torch was lit from that of the incoming runner and her duty was to carry it into Cooper's Field and to light the cauldron prior to the concert that had attracted 16,000.
After a disappointing round one match, Cardiff took a much larger National Young Athletes' League team to Radley last Sunday, 20th May.
On a cold and breezy but dry day, the team achieved a much improved third place out of six competing teams and, with only one round left this year, should be able to secure its place in this division for next season.
Amongst some encouraging performances, double victories were won by Matteo Holmes (pictured at the Regional championships), Kate Seary, Lewis Brunt, Ryan James and Sam Wink.
Entries for this year's championships have closed but, if athletes have not paid their Welsh registration fee and club subscription for this year, their entries will be refused.
If you are in this situation it is essential that you pay your club subscription and registration fee immediately.
Do not delay as the membership secretary will be away next week so monies need to be with her before the end of this week.