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Rhys hangs up his spikes

Thursday 29 June 2017

Cardiff's international 400m hurdler Rhys Williams has officially announced his retirement from athletics and can look back on his achievements with great pride.

Rhys had wanted to end his career in the red vest of Wales at the Commonwealth Games next year but a persistent injury has prevented him from training properly and he has come to the difficult decision that time has run out.

Few athletes can match Rhys's collection of medals and his clutch of European championship medals is unique. He is the only athlete to have won  gold medals at every age group (under 20, under 23 and senior) as well as having the full set of gold, silver and bronze at European Championships senior level. He also has European silver medals for 4x400m relays and an individual bronze from the Commonwealth Games.

His numerous Great Britain appearances include the Olympic Games and World Championships amongst others.

Rhys first hit the headlines when he won the gold medal at the 2003 European under 20 championships and his final outing in a GB vest was at the 2016 European Championships, where he was the best performing British athlete in his event, finishing fifth in the final, a remarkable performance after a difficult period. Not many athletes can continue to perform at such a high level for fourteen years.

Rhys's roll-call of medals is as follows:

2003 European under 20 championships (400m hurdles).
2005 European under 23 championships (400m hurdles).
2012 European senior championships (400m hurdles).

2005 European under 23 championships (4x400m relay).
2006 European senior championships (4x400m relay).
2010 European senior championships (400m hurdles).

2006 European senior championships (400m hurdles).
2010 Commonwealth Games (400m hurdles).

His personal best time of 48.84 seconds ranks him 11th on the UK all-time best performances list.

Rhys has made an enormous contribution to Welsh athletics and to Cardiff AAC. He has supported the club throughout his career, turning out for the senior team whenever his international commitments allowed. We are extremely proud that Rhys has been a member and wish him well in his retirement. He will be missed from the track but hopefully not from the sport that he has graced.

Thank you Rhys.