Established stars and exciting young talent shone brightly in the hot Midlands sun as Welsh athletes took part in the Loughborough International meeting at the weekend. Taking on strong teams from England, Scotland, Great Britain Under-20s, British Universities and Loughborough University, the Welsh team finished sixth in the overall match.
Swansea City are considering appointing a director of football to work alongside their new manager. Jaap Stam, Frank de Boer, Graham Potter and others are all options being weighed up by the club as they seek a successor to Carlos Carvalhal, who left last week. But relegation to the Championship and a poor recent recruitment record has focussed thoughts on whether the Swans should also create a new position with someone to work alongside Carvalhal’s successor.
Charlotte Arter is setting her sights on Berlin and the European Athletics Championships following her stunning weekend run in London. The 26-year-old Cardiff AAC runner made the most of the euphoria surrounding the ‘Night of the 10,000 PBs’ at Highgate as she stripped 22 seconds off her previous best to book her place in the British team for Germany in August. Arter, who ran for Team GB at the World Half Marathon championships earlier in the year, came home in third place in the 10,000 metre race in a time of 32 min, 15.71 sec to crack the qualifying time (32:30) for the August championships and move into second place on the Welsh all-time rankings.
Over 120 judoka from all over Wales took part in the competition in Tonyrefail organised by EGH Judo of Pontypridd. There was some high-quality judo on display at the competition from both the adults and children.
Two up-and-coming Welsh athletes will represent Great Britain Under-20s team at the Halle International Throws event in Germany this weekend. It will be the second time in a week Sarah Omoregie and James Tomlinson have pulled on GB vests, having been part of the junior team which took part in the Loughborough International last weekend.
Ospreys head coach Allen Clarke is planning a rebuilding job at the region after admitting that in failing to make the European Champions Cup they let down their fans. In a frank assessment of how far they have fallen, the Ulsterman - who suffered at the hands of his former province on Sunday - has spoken of “putting the pieces together” after a fractured and often fractious campaign. The Ospreys would have sneaked into Europe’s top tournament had they beaten Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium. Instead, they were stuffed, 35-17, and Clarke has recognised the limpness of their efforts over the last two years - which pre-dates his arrival - by talking about returning to the Champions Cup by the “front door” rather than the play-off tradesman’s entrance which proved beyond them in Belfast.
Wales’ Commonwealth Games road race silver medalist Jon Mould is looking forward to a return to home soil next weekend as Aberystwyth hosts a 10-day festival of cycling. Newport-born Mould will be leading defending team champions JLT Condor as they compete in the OVO Energy Tour Series on the streets of the Ceredigion seaside town next Saturday evening.