Dewi Griffiths is set to double up, while Sally Peake has been selected for her third Games
A team of 21 athletes has been announced to represent Wales in athletics at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
After his impressive marathon debut of 2:09:49 in Frankfurt last October, Dewi Griffiths is set to double up on the track and has been selected for the 5000m and 10,000m, while there will be four athletes competing in the 26.2-mile event – the 2017 World Championships duo of Josh Griffiths and Andy Davies, plus Caryl Jones and Eli Kirk.
Hammer thrower Carys Parry is set for her fourth Games and will take on the role of both athlete and coach in Australia as she also guides newly-crowned Welsh men’s hammer record-holder Osian Jones.
Decathlete Ben Gregory and pole vaulter Sally Peake will be heading to their third Games.
The 2010 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene has also been selected, provided he achieves a Commonwealth Games A standard before the team’s departure in March.
Bethan Davies and Heather Lewis are named in the 20km race walk, while European Cross relay gold medallist Tom Marshall will run in the 1500m with Cardiff AAC club-mate Rowan Axe, while another Cardiff member, Ieuan Thomas, is included alongside Jon Hopkins, one of seven Swansea Harriers in the team, in the steeplechase. Great North CityGames mile winner Melissa Courtney will double up in the 1500m and 5000m.
David Omoregie and Caryl Granville will compete in hurdles events, while Seren Bundy-Davies, like Greene, is chasing a qualifying mark prior to the Games to confirm her selection over 400m.
Long jumper Rebecca Chapman will head to her first Games as the proud holder of the Welsh record having added 2cm to Gill Regan’s 35-year-old mark with 6.54m last summer.
Six para-athletes were announced as part of Team Wales in November and include Paralympic and world javelin gold medallist Hollie Arnold and long jump world champion Olivia Breen.
Welsh Athletics head of coaching and performance, Scott Simpson, said: “I’m proud that the work and dedication of the whole team has been recognised by this selection and I’m excited to see how all the athletes perform. There is a mixture of youth and experience with 13 athletes selected to make their debuts at the Gold Coast.
“Dai Greene, subject to performance, and Carys Parry, subject to fitness, could join Welsh sporting legends Colin Jackson, Steve Jones and Christian Malcolm in competing at their fourth Games. Sally Peake, who became Wales’ 44th individual medallist with a silver at Glasgow in 2014, will be returning in the pole vault.”
Welsh Athletics team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
1500m: Tom Marshall, Rowan Axe
Steeplechase: Jon Hopkins, Ieuan Thomas
5000m: Dewi Griffiths
10,000m: Dewi Griffiths
110m hurdles: David Omoregie
400m hurdles: Dai Greene*
Decathlon: Ben Gregory
Marathon: Andy Davies, Josh Griffiths
Hammer: Osian Jones
400m: Seren Bundy-Davies*
1500m: Melissa Courtney
5000m: Melissa Courtney
100m hurdles: Caryl Granville
400m hurdles: Caryl Granville
Marathon: Caryl Jones, Eli Kirk
20km race walk: Bethan Davies, Heather Lewis
Long jump: Rebecca Chapman
Pole vault: Sally Peake
Hammer: Carys Parry
* Athlete selection conditional on achieving a Commonwealth Games A standard before departure in March
Para-athletes (announced in November 2017)
T47 100m: Morgan Jones
T38 100m: Rhys Jones
T12 100m: James Ledger
T38 100m: Olivia Breen
T38 long jump: Olivia Breen, Beverley Jones
F46 javelin: Hollie Arnold