The future is looking bright for Welsh distance running as the country’s endurance programme is paying dividends with some hugely promising performances. Although Wales missed out on individual and team medals at the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff last weekend, there were a number of season and personal bests clocked by the home elite runners.
After setting four fastest stage times and regularly posting top three times within fractions of a second from that of the factory-supported drivers, Tom Cave's performance on this year's Dayinsure Wales Rally GB underlined his true potential as a front-runner in the international RC2 category of the FIA World Rally Championship. Having concluded a deal to drive a Philip Case Rally Sport prepared Hyundai i20 R5 and attracting support from a variety of backers a few weeks before the UK's round of the WRC, Tom carried out a short but successful test on the Monday before the event.
Evan Hoyt has risen a huge 86 places in the ATP Tour rankings after his Brisbane triumph. The 23-year-old from Llanelli has reached 570 in the world - just 28 places below his highest-ever ranking of 542 in 2016 before he was hit by injury.
Wales squash stars Tesni Evans and Joel Makin have both qualified for the last 16 of the US Open in Philadelphia. Evans beat Egypt's Mariam Metwally 3-1 in 44 minutes of action, triumphing 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, in her second round match.
Jack Rayner’s emphatic victory at the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon championships in Cardiff was overshadowed by the death of two runners. Two men – aged 25 and 32 – suffered cardiac arrests after crossing the finishing line on Sunday, despite immediate attention from the on-course medical team. Both were taken to the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff but later died, the first fatalities in the 15 year history of the race.
Bernard Jackman has pleaded with long-suffering Dragons fans for more of their deep supplies of patience as their winless streak in all-Welsh matches continues. The Dragons’ long wait for a regional derby win in the Guinness Pro 14 continues as they were stung by a second half revival by the Blues at the weekend. Two tries in the first quarter saw the home side race into a 12 point lead, but they were beaten 23-15 in the end as the Blues hit back with two tries in five minutes just after the hour mark.
Wales Dragonhearts ended their tour of Serbia on a high after beating their community representative side 50-4. After only losing 22-20 to the country's senior side on Wednesday, this match up was a real test of the two nations’ skill levels and the Welsh showed their superiority by running in nine tries to one.
Matt Edwards clinched the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship finale to put the icing on the cake following his title win, sealed on the penultimate round earlier in the weekend at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.