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World and personal bests

Tuesday 28 April 2015

The domestic season got off to a good start on Sunday last, 26th April, with the first round of the re-vamped Welsh League taking place in Cardiff.

Nearly 300 athletes took part and produced numerous excellent performances and personal bests, including an unofficial new world record for Cardiff's Aled Davies in the category F42 discus with a throw of 52.85m.

Bethan Davies got the day's track event off to a good start, showing excellent form to win the 2k walk and set a personal best time and league record of 8:54.60.

This was followed by a comfortable win in the 3,000m for Owen Haswell.

Cardiff's sprinters showed good early form and benefited from a following wind that was just over the limit of 2m/sec. Kristian Jones was timed at 10.84 for 100m and 21.72 for 200 (league records) while promising 16 year old Kebba Saidykhan set new bests of 11.02 and 22.26.

Also setting a new league record was Ciaran Lewis who won the 1,500m steeplechase in 4:32.52.

In a closely contested men's high jump, Charlie Pegrum (16) cleared a new personal best height of 1.90m with Tom Trotman clearing the same height. Katy Green (15) set a new personal standard of 1.61m in the women's high jump, coming second to winner Lauren Evans who also cleared 1.61m.

Other Cardiff winners were Corey Lower (100m heat 3); Chris Parry (100m heat 7); Hassan Abdi (400m); Jack Gooch (800m heat 3); Emma Ligthart (400m); Ffion Price (800m heat 2); Lauren Evans (80m hurdles); Matthew Richards (SM hammer); Kieran Grimwade (U17 hammer); Rebecca Chapman (long jump). To round off a successful afternoon, Cardiff's men's 4x100m relay team won and the women's team was second.

It was good to see so many Cardiff athletes competing in the Welsh League and it does look as if the new "open meeting" format has got off to a successful start.

The next round is on 31st May in Brecon.

The full final results can be viewed here.

A selection of photograhs can be seen in GALLERIES.