Bethan Davies and Ieuan Thomas will both make it a hat-trick of major athletics championships in the past 12 months when they compete in Berlin next week. The Cardiff AAC duo both represented Great Britain at last summer’s World Athletics Championships in London and Wales at this spring’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
John Nethercott has gone on a journey from the Paralympics podium to parks of Barry, but now he is ready to dust off his running shoes at the Brecon Carreg Barry Island 10K. It has been almost 26 years since Barry’s middle distance king made history in Barcelona when he claimed 1500m gold and 800m bronze before bringing home a world record at the IPC World Championships.
Dai Greene has been voted as captain by his British teammates for next week’s European Championships in Berlin from 6-12 August.
The Guinness Pro14 fixtures are out and with an August start date Robin Davey is already considering how the first weekend might shape up for the four regions after a long, hot summer. It’s been a blisteringly hot summer and the nation's top rugby players have needed hosing down as they step up training for the new season which actually starts this month. The pre-season friendlies are about to get under way and pretty soon the heat will be turned on the regions and their leading players in what is the last season before the World Cup.
Swansea City are in talks to bring Crystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald and Brentford’s Ryan Woods to the club, ahead of the Championship kick-off on Saturday. Manager Graham Potter is keen to strengthen with both players with Jordan Ayew’s proposed move to Palace also likely to happen before the weekend. Ayew wants to stay in the Premier League and a swap deal involving Riedewald has been discussed, with the Ghanaian striker valued at around £12m and the 21-year-old Dutchman at around £7m.
Most of Welsh rugby’s 2018-19 fixture list is out and dates in the diary have been ringed. What hasn’t happened, argues Geraint Powell, is any real attempt to fit the various tiers together so that it all makes sense. Nothing illustrates the disjointed nature of the regional tier of Welsh professional rugby more than the annual release of the Pro14 fixtures. Regional rugby is a complete package, always has been and always will be if you want to obtain most of the resource concentration synergies in relation to increased earning and more efficient expenditure. Tying everything together at the end is where the biggest benefits accrue.
Elynor Backstedt was born to be a cyclist. Her Dad won the Paris-Roubaix classic, and picked up stage wins in the Giro D’Italia and Tour de France, while Mum, Megan, won the British road race title and competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Games. But as big an influence as they have been in her career, when she gets on the start line at the World Junior Championships in Switzerland later this month it will be the inspirational Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France victory that will be uppermost in her mind.
Holders Wales will open the third European Rugby League Youth Championships this Sunday when they take on Ukraine at the Makis stadium in Belgrade, Serbia (kick-off 15:00 UK time). The tournament is an eight-team straight knock-out, but every side will have three matches as there will be consolation play-offs and ranking matches in addition to the semi-finals and final.
Merthyr will have more silverware in mind when they launch the defence of their Principality Premiership crown with a trip to the Arms Park to meet Cardiff on the opening day of the new season. Last season’s league and cup winners are aiming to make it a hat-trick of Premiership titles to add to the WRU National Championship victory they secured in 2016. If the Ironmen make it three in a row they will become only the third side in the history of the tournament to make it a hat-trick - Neath won four in a row between 2004-2008, while Pontypridd did the same between 2011-2015.
There’s already a golden post box dedicated to Geraint Thomas’ Olympic triumphs opposite Cardiff Castle and now there are plans to create a yellow one to celebrate his Tour de France victory. Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan was one of thousands who backed the plan on Twitter, while there were also calls to paint the Lighthouse dedicated to Arctic explorer Captain Scott at Roath Park the same colour. Cardiff council lit up the City Hall with yellow lights over the weekend in tribute to one of its most famous sons. They trumped that by flying a yellow jersey in the Civic Centre as a mark of further respect on Monday.