Jeremiah Azu was involved in a dramatic 60m final at the England Athletics age group championships in Sheffield at the weekend. The Cardiff teenager got off to a relatively slow start, but soon got into his stride to challenge Liverpool’s Henry Nwoke for the title with a late dip for the line in a desperately close finish. The commentators initially called Azu as the winner, but it soon became evident no-one could be certain whether the Welshman had retained his title or if Nwoke had just held on to earn the crown.
Taulupe Faletau insists a win over England at Twickenham would help but not define Wales’ Six Nations campaign. Defeats against Ireland and France have left hopes of a successful title defence in tatters for Wales, who play England on March 7. Last year’s Grand Slam winners last won a Six Nations game at Twickenham in 2012, but Faletau says they will not be short of motivation.
Jade Jones has vowed that nothing is going to deter her from making Taekwondo history by winning a third Olympic gold this year despite suffering a knee ligament injury in a competition in Sweden. The reigning World, Olympic and European champion was forced to pull out of the final last week and has her right knee in a brace after suffering a grade 2 tear of her medial ligament. But in typical fashion, the 26-year-old north Walian fired a warning shot to her rivals for gold in Tokyo later in the year by promising to come back even stronger.
Cardiff Blues survived a scare from Benetton Rugby as they held on to beat the Italians 34-24 in a thrilling encounter at Cardiff Arms Park. The Blues only got their noses in front in the final 10 minutes as tries for Jason Harries, Garyn Smith, Ryan Edwards, Seb Davies and Lewis Jones finally broke the Italians’ spirit. Benetton earned a try bonus point through scores from Ian Keatley, Irne Herbst, and two for Toa Halafihi, while Jason Tovey kicked a crucial nine points for the home side.
Wales were ruthlessly “nilled” in their third Women’s Six Nations game of the tournament – going down 50-0 to a France team in a class above at Cardiff Arms Park. The home side came into the fixture looking to put their loss against Ireland behind them and gain a first victory of the campaign. But it France who dominated the contest and their strong, overwhelming performance led to eight unanswered tries.
Melissa Courtney-Bryant claimed her first ever senior British title with a perfectly judged tactical run in the British Athletics Indoor 3,000m final in Glasgow. The Welsh Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medallist showed great patience during the earlier stages of the race which were run at an almost pedestrian pace. When Rosie Clarke upped the pace with just under 1,000m to go, Courtney-Bryant was one of three athletes who went with her.
James Hunt and Melanie Wilkins overcame strong fields and even stronger winds to claim the senior Welsh Cross Country Championship titles at Pembrey Country Park on Saturday. Hundreds of athletes from primary school age to over 70s travelled from all over the country to brave the elements on the exposed coastal course. Despite the rain which had lashed most of the country over the past two weeks, the combination of the drying coastal winds and layer of sand beneath the grass course, meant that conditions were surprisingly good under foot.
Welsh jockey Connor Brace had two rides at far flung Perth in Scotland for his guvnor, Cotswold trainer Fergal O'Brien, and won on both (writes Brian Lee). The former national novice champion point-to-point rider won the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle on six-year-old Carolls Milan, who was completing a three-timer and then took... Read More
Dual purpose trainer John Flint took the M&M Green Haulage Handicap Chase at Ffos Las (writes Brian Lee). His 10-year-old course and distance winner Lac Sacre finished 12 lengths ahead of the Evan Williams-trained Sutters Mill. Lac Sacre, a 9-1 chance, was partnered by Paddy Brennan. Earlier in the day, Williams' Flight To... Read More
Bradley Gibbs, who rode three winners at the Brecon & Talybont Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases, took his season's total of wins to 13 with a first at the Teme Valley & United Pack meeting. Gibbs was on board the Pip Hooley trained Ertidaad at Brampton Bryan in North Herefordshire. Ertidaad owner John Chinn... Read More
Llancarfan trainer Evan Williams had a winner at far-flung Carlisle when The Last Day came out on top (writes Brian Lee). The Last Day had been a runner-up in two previous starts. Stable jockey Adam Wedge was on board and seven-year-old The Last Day went off the 4-9 favourite in a Racing... Read More
Welsh riders Connor Brace, Lorcan Williams and Sean Bowen all caught the judge's eye at Exeter. Brace took the opening handicap hurdle on Phillip Hobbs's Smarty Wild. Just over 40 minutes later, Williams was successful on the top weighted Truckers Lodge for Paul Nicholls and later in the afternoon Sean Bowen won... Read More
Conditional jockey Connor Brace from Porthcawl came in for plenty of praise when scoring on Fergal O'Brien's Carrolls Milan at Ludlow (writes Brian Lee). Connor, a former national champion novice point-to-point rider, got his mount home by a length from Gold Chain in the mares' handicap hurdle much to the delight... Read More