Two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones put in a near-faultless performance to defend her Grand Prix Final crown, in the Ivory Coast. The Welsh fighter, who won Olympic gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, begun her title defence with a win over home favourite Banassa Diomande in the round of 16.
No fewer than five Welsh athletes have made the 40-strong British team to compete at the European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, Slovakia on Sunday, 10 December. Leading the way will be Dewi Griffiths in the senior men’s race, while Melissa Courtney is included in the Mixed Relay squad that will compete for the first time.
Christian Malcom was used to picking up medals during his outstanding career on the track, but now the four-time Olympic sprinter has been honoured for his coaching ability. In conjunction with Stephen Maguire and Benke Blomkvist, Malcolm was named as the High Performance Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards 2017 in London.
Warren Gatland will go into the Six Nations with Wales just where he wants them – mocked or ignored or unfancied. The autumn series may have been saved from negative equity on Wales’ part by a narrow victory over South Africa, but that has convinced few people that Gatland’s team are anything but outsiders for the tournament that begins in eight weeks’ time. The bookies have Wales as fourth favourites behind England, Ireland and Scotland, with only France and Italy fancied less.
Lewis Oliva became the latest Welsh cyclist to pick up a medal at the World Cup track cycling as he produced the best result of his career to win silver in the keirin in Canada. Already this winter Jon Mould, Elinor Barker and Manon Lloyd have enjoyed medal success on the boards and Oliva, studying to become a doctor at Cardiff University, joined them with the race of his life. The 2014 Welsh Commonwealth Games representative had earlier won the British keirin title this year.
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