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Brave Rhys goes out

Tuesday 13 August 2013

A bitterly disappointed Cardiff's Rhys Williams ended his World Championships 400m hurdles campaign today, finishing fourth in his semi-final and missing out on a place in the final.

Drawn in the unfavourable lane eight and facing two of the favourites for the gold medal, Rhys ran a brave race but finished  in fourth place.

This was Rhys's third appearance at an IAAF World Championships, having competed in 2005 in Helsinki and 2009 in Berlin and the current European Champion is in the form of his life having improved his personal best, and club record, time to 48.84 seconds.

Cardiff AAC has a distinguished record at the IAAF World Championships, which were inaugurated in 1983, having been represented at every edition except one. These fine athletes were:

1983 (Helsinki):  Venissa Head
1987 (Rome):  Colin Jackson, Nigel Walker and Angela Tooby
1991 (Tokyo):  Kay Morley-Brown and Colin Jackson
1993 (Stuttgart):  Colin Jackson
1995 (Gothenburg): -
1997 (Athens):  Jamie Baulch
1999 (Seville):  Doug Turner, Jamie Baulch, Paul Gray and Colin Jackson
2001 (Edmonton):  Christian Malcolm, Paul Gray and Jamie Baulch
2003 (Paris):  Christian Malcolm
2005 Helsinki):  Christian Malcolm, Tim Benjamin and Rhys Williams
2007 (Osaka):  Tim Benjamin and Christian Malcolm
2009 (Berlin):  Rhys Williams
2011 (Daegu):  Christian Malcolm

World Championship medals have been won by Colin Jackson, Jamie Baulch and Christian Malcolm.