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Sprinters galore Thursday 30 June 2016

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With Cardiff AAC sprinters turning out in force, the second Welsh Athletics sprints open meeting went ahead last night in Cardiff and, despite the damp, dreary and chilly conditions, a favourable wind that, for most races was within the legal limit, helped to produce numerous personal best performances.

Seventy two athletes (including thirty five from Cardiff) contested ten heats of the 100m, with Cardiff athletes winning seven of them.

GB vest for Jake Wednesday 29 June 2016

Jake Heyward 2015

Cardiff's Jake Heyward (17), who joined the club when he was only ten, has been selected to represent Great Britain in the 1500m at the first ever European youth championships, to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia from 14th to 17th July.

The youth championships are for athletes aged 16 or 17 on 31 December 2016.

Jake is the current UK under 20 champion at 1500m as well as Welsh senior champion over 800m and has improved his 1500m time by over 10 seconds this year.

Rhys in Euro team Tuesday 28 June 2016

Rhys Williams

Cardiff's Rhys Williams, former European champion at 400m hurdles, has been included in the Great Britain team for the European Athletics championships which take place in Amsterdam next week.

Ranked number two in the UK with 49.22, Rhys clinched his place after coming third in the British Championships last weekend. He now has a good opportunity to secure his second Olympic qualifying time and persuade the selectors to add him to the team for Rio.

The final beckons Monday 27 June 2016

Ffion Palmer 2015

Cardiff's UK Youth Development League (U20/U17) team finished an excellent second in the third round match in Carmarthen yesterday, 26th June.

After finishing third in the first round in Plymouth and then winning in Newport, Cardiff and Team Avon both have 14 league points although Team Avon has more match points, which technically places them as the leaders. If Cardiff can win the final round in Yeovil on 24th July, the team will qualify for the national final in Bedford on 4th September, thus emulating last year's achievement by the U15/U13 team.

Another gold for Bethan Sunday 26 June 2016

Bethan Davies

Just as Aled Davies is unbeatable in his events, Bethan Davies is by far the best British race walker of the moment and, today, proved this once again by winning the 5000k walk by over a minute at the British Athletics championships and Olympic trials in Birmingham.

Bethan's time of 22:03.82 improved her own personal best time by three seconds. The day before, she had been in Poland in an unsuccessful attempt to achieve the qualifying standard for the 20k walk.

Also at the trials, Aled yet again improved his own personal best (and, naturally, his own world record) in the F42 shot put with a throw of 16.38m

Three bronze medals Sunday 26 June 2016

Daniel John 2016

At the Welsh Schools and Welsh Athletics combined events championships held in Swansea yesterday, three Cardiff athletes won individual medals and each was a bronze.

Sofia Vella was third in the under 15 girls' age group, Daniel John was third in the under 15 boys' age group and Alana Lea was third in the under 13 girls.

Aled goes to Rio Thursday 23 June 2016

Aled Davies

Aled Davies is amongst the first group of athletes selected by the British Paralympic Association to represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympic Games. He will contest the F42 discus and shot put competitions and is the current world record holder in both events so will start as one of the favourites.

Aled recently set new a world mark in winning the IPC European discus title.

Carwyn wins in Stuttgart Wednesday 22 June 2016

Carwyn Jones Stuttgart 2016

Stuttgart in Germany is one of Cardiff's twin cities and three Cardiff AAC athletes (Carwyn Jones, Mike Kershaw and Carys Hughes) were invited to the annual half marathon and 7k races last Sunday 20th June.

With over 15000 in the half marathon, Carwyn flew the flag for Cardiff by winning in a time of 69.01 while Mike was second home in the 7k race and Carys was 9th in the women's half marathon.

Ultra distance runner Mike Kallenberg has again been selected to represent Great Britain in the IAU 50km World Championships on Friday 11 November in Doha. Mike represented GB in the same event last year finishing in an excellent eighth place.

Harry the hero Monday 20 June 2016

UKYDL 2016

With continuous rain, frequently heavy, throughout the day, the conditions faced by the teams in Swansea yesterday for the third round of the UK Youth Development League (lower age groups) did not dampen their enthusiasm in an enthralling competition.

With rivals Cardiff AAC and Swansea H & AC swapping the lead throughout, Cardiff finally came out on top, winning the final track event, the under 15 boys' 4x300m relay, in great style and heading Swansea by a mere one and a half points, with Cardiff Archers a further 120 points behind in third place.

With one round to go, Swansea lead the division by two league points from Cardiff.

The best of British Sunday 19 June 2016

Owen Smith 2016

The England Athletics Under 23 and Under 20 championships, held in Bedford yesterday and today, are effectively the British championships and it was excellent to see so many Cardiff athletes taking on the best in the UK and not only taking them on but returning with medals.

Jake Heyward (17) continued his run of form to win a tactical under 20 men's 1500m in 3:55.63 while Owen Smith (47.22 - pictured) and Joe Reid (48.06 after 47.91 in his heat) took first and third places in the under 23 men's 400m. In the Under 23 men's 100m, Sam Gordon won the silver medal and David Omoregie ran a season's best 13.65 to take the silver medal in the 110m hurdles.

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