Welsh Indoor Champs, 26-27/1/13

Defending champion Julia Cooke took the silver medal in the women’s 1500m at the Welsh Indoor Championships in Cardiff. After a steady opening 500m Cardiff’s Bethan Strange went to the front, with Cooke well placed throughout the race and alongside the leader with 400m remaining. The Cheltenham athlete made her move with 200m remaining, but was passed with 100m to go by Swansea’s fast finishing Alaw Beynon-Thomas who crossed the line in 4:39.25 to take the gold with Cooke claiming the silver in 4:39.60. There was a bizarre win for Mia O’Connell in the under 20 women’s 1500m as an error by the officials with the lap board reduced the distance to 1300m. O’Connell closed the gap on leader Malika Rezougui of Cwmbran with an impressive burst of speed in the final 100m to cross the line in 4:09.59. However, as a non-Welsh guest competitor O’Connell was ineligible for the medals as was Richard Tremblen who finished second in the men’s 200m final with an indoor personal best of 22.40 seconds. The previous day the UWIC student had lowering his 60m personal best and club record to 7.05 for sixth place in the final. In the under 20 men’s age group 800m runner Rhys Lloyd made a rare 1500m appearance to place fifth in a personal best of 4:14.2.

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