By Owen Morgan
Welsh teenage sprint sensation Jeremiah Azu smashed his 100m and 200m personal bests at the British Athletics League fixture in Swansea.
Representing Cardiff Athletics in the Premiership, Azu shattered his previous best of 10.56 when he clocked 10.39 in winning the 100m.
Then he slashed well over half a second off his outdoor 200m personal best when he clocked 21.09 finishing second behind Chris Stone at the weekend.
Azu’s performance is a continuation of his blistering indoor form where he won a senior bronze medal at the British Indoor Championships, claimed the sprint double at the English Age Group Championships, and set a 60m PB of 6.65 up against a world class field at the Muller Grand Prix.
The youngster, who turns 18 this week, also helped Cardiff to second place in the 4x100m relay, where he was joined in the quartet by older brother Sam.
Azu was backed up by a number of other excellent Welsh performances during Sunday’s meeting, which also hosted the Division One fixture involving host club Swansea Harriers.
The Premiership match saw Cardiff finish sixth out of the top eight athletics clubs in the country with 239 match points to bring them three league points. The match was won by defending Premiership Champions Birchfield Harriers.
In the Division One fixture, Swansea earned a second place finish behind Thames Valley Harriers, scoring 364 match points, which earned them an excellent seven league points.
The home club, who were relegated from the Premiership last season, consistently picked up high points on the track, but particularly in the field, where they enjoyed a double win in the shot put.
Swansea’s Patrick Swan won the A string competition with a distance of 16.26m, while team-mate Daniel Cork won the B string event by well over two metres with 15.40m.
Ceirion Hopkins won the long jump B event with a leap of 6.55m, while Roberto Oppong was second in the B string triple jump with 13:88m.
The javelin was also a big scorer for Swansea where Aaron Morgan finished second in the A competition with 60.60m and Nathan James won the second string competition with 56.55m.
On the track, it was a busy afternoon for Guy Smith, who won the 3000m A race in 8:27.39 and narrowly finished second in the 800m A race in 1:55.15.
Team-mate Paul Tobin won the 800m B race in a time of 2:00.42. Meanwhile Jonathan Tobin was second in the 1500 A race, clocking 3:56.14.
Marc Hobbs registered another home win in the 3000m B race where he clocked 8:41.06, while Daniel Rothwell was second in the A string 3000m steeple chase, clocking a new personal best of 9:21.88. And there was another Swansea PB in the B race where Brychan Price-Davies clocked 9:50.87 in finishing second.
Sprinter Daniel Beadsley scored good points when he finished second in the 100m with a season’s best time of 10.80. He also finished fourth in the 200m in another season’s best.
Although outright wins were harder to come by for Cardiff in the Premiership match, there were a number of other PB performances in addition to Azu’s double.
These included Jamie Pender, who finished third in the 400m with a new PB of 48:40, Iestyn Edwards with 2:03.42 in the 800m and James Hunt who clocked 8:41.76 in the 3000m.
Morgan James also claimed a new lifetime best with 8:44.25 in the B string 3000m, while Alex Azu Kennedy produced a PB in finishing second in the B string long jump with 6:53 and Jeff Anglia emulated the feat in the A standard triple jump with 14.42 to claim fourth place.
Daniel Morris and Jay Morse, younger brother of Olympian Brett, also claimed PBs in their shot put and discus events respectively, while Aaron Thomas claimed a PB in the B string javelin.
Meanwhile, Kyran Roberts produced an excellent run and a season’s best time to finish third in the A string 1500m, clocking 3:56.02.
Both Cardiff and Swansea will now look forward to the second fixture of four in their respective leagues. The capital city club will go to Allianz Park in London on June 9, while Swansea will be at Leigh Stadium, near Manchester, on the same day.
Full results, fixtures and tables are available on the British Athletics League website.