A look ahead to the Welsh Senior Open Indoor Championships in Cardiff, where James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili, Asha Philip and Sally Peake are set to be among the athletes in action
Sprinters James Dasaolu and Adam Gemili lead the entries at the National Indoor Athletics Centre, Cardiff, on Sunday (January 31).
For Gemili, it is set to be his first race since his hamstring injury sustained at the Birmingham Grand Prix last June and his first indoor race since 2012.
“I am very excited to be racing again after such a long time because of my previous injury,” Gemili told AW.
“I have not raced indoors since I was a junior and I will use it to work on the first part of my race to ultimately improve my 100m and 200m. I have no idea how fast or slow I will run and am eager to go out there and see.”
You can read more from Gemili ahead of his return here.
Joining them in the 60m will be Paralympic 100m champion Jonny Peacock. The women’s event features Asha Philip, while defending champion Hannah Brier leads the field of Welsh competitors, having already won the Welsh under-20 title this year in 7.43.
In the 800m, youngster Alex Coomber will be chasing his first sub-1:50, while going the 1500m distance are Welsh record-holder James Thie, who will be looking to repeat last year’s success, and London 2012 Paralympic finalist Stephen Morris.
Jade Williams will face GB cross country international Charlotte Arter in the 1500m, plus Melissa Courtney, Julia Cooke and Rachel McClay.
Just three weeks after breaking the Welsh high jump all-comers’ record in the stadium, Commonwealth fourth-placer Chris Baker and Irishman Barry Pender return looking to break even higher heights. Both athletes soared over 2.26m earlier this month.
Commonwealth Games team-member Gareth Winter, Paralympic gold medallist Aled Davies and discus specialist Brett Morse contest the shot put, while European under-23 110m hurdles champion David Omoregie opens his indoor season in the 60m hurdles, as does close domestic rival and European under-23 finalist, David King.
Also opening her 2016 season is Wales’ medallist from the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sally Peake. The pole vaulter showed what Welsh athletes are made of last summer, battling through the Scottish downpours to clinch silver at Glasgow 2014.
Entry lists for the Welsh Senior Open Championships can be found here.