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Top trio spearhead Welsh effort

Greene targets Delhi podium

European Championship medallists Dai Greene, Rhys Williams and Christian Malcolm will spearhead Wales' athletics challenge at the Commonwealth Games.

European 400m hurdles champion Greene and silver-medallists Williams and Malcolm (200m) are part of a 23-strong Welsh line-up for Delhi in October.

Greene hopes to make up for bad memories of the 2006 Melbourne Games.

The Swansea Harrier was due to take part in the 4x400m, but injury left Wales with only three competitors.

Greene said: "I'm really proud to be selected for Wales for the Commonwealth Games, especially after such a disappointing experience in Melbourne in 2006.

"Four years ago I hoped to be part of the 4x400m relay team but never got the chance to pull on the Welsh vest, after our squad was reduced to just three athletes on the day of the heats.

"Now being officially selected in an individual event, I can't wait for the Games to come around.

"After the excitement of winning in Barcelona, I am now refocusing on my preparations for Delhi.

Wales has a very unique opportunity to compete with some of the best countries in the world

Welsh Athletics coaching boss John Dagata

"I hope that with the best possible approach to the Commonwealths, I can produce a performance of similar quality and bring home a medal for Wales."

Wales also include experienced Commonwealth Games competitors such as Philippa Roles and wheelchair racer Brian Alldis as well as fresh faces such as Sally Peake and Joe Thomas.

Welsh Athletics coaching boss John Dagata, said: "I'm very excited about the team representing Wales in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India this October.

"Wales has a very unique opportunity to compete with some of the best countries in the world.

"The athletes selected for Wales represent a work ethic and consistent performance rating we all should be very proud of.

Welsh Chef de Mission Chris Jenkins said: "Wales have a good record in the athletics at the Commonwealth Games with athletes such as Christian Malcolm bringing home medals.

"We're lucky to have experienced and talented athletes like Dai Greene and Rhys Williams competing for Wales - mix that with the enthusiasm of the younger members of the team and it certainly makes for exciting prospects."


Team Wales' Commonwealth Games athletics squad:

Brian Alldis
From: Cardiff
Date of birth: 8 July, 1986
Event: Wheelchair racing, track and road, T54
Achievements: Qualified for the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Daniel Davies
From: Treherbert
Date of birth: 25 May, 1991
Event: F32 seated shot put

Lee Doran
From: Cardiff
Date of birth: 5 March, 1985
Event: Javelin
Achievements: Bronze at the 2009 British Championships.

Laura Douglas
From: Wrexham
Date of birth: 4 January, 1983
Event: Hammer
Achievements: Competed at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

Christopher Gowell
From: Newport
Date of birth: 29 September, 1985
Event: 800m. Achievements: Ranked eighth in the UK in 2008 in the 800m.

Dai Greene
From: Llanelli
Date of birth: 11 April, 1986
Event: 400m hurdles
Achievements: 2010 European Championships gold, 2009 World Championships finalist.

Benjamin Gregory
From: Chertsey
Date of birth: 21 November, 1990
Event: Decathlon
Achievements: Has competed for Great Britain at combined events.

Ashleigh Hellyer
From: Swansea
Date of birth: 16 February, 1991
Event: Shot put F32
Achievements: Swansea Junior Disability Sports Personality of the Year 2006.

Christian Malcolm
From: Newport
Date of birth: 3 June, 1979
Event: 100m & 200m
Achievements: 2000 Olympics 200m finalist; silver medallist at 2010 European Championships.

Jenny McLoughlin
From: Chepstow
Date of birth: 3 October, 1991
Event: 100m, 200m T37
Achievements: 2007 UK Schools Games champion, competed at the 2008 Paralympics.

Brett Morse
From: Cardiff
Date of birth: 11 February, 1989
Event: discus
Achievements: UK Under 23 and senior indoor record holder.

Elaine O'Neill
From: Bath
Date of birth: 20 August, 1989
Event 100m & 200m
Achievements: 2009 European Under 23 4x100 gold.

Carys Parry
From: Pontypridd
Date of birth: 24 July, 1981
Event: Hammer
Achievements: 2006 Commonwealth Games competitor.

Sally Peake
From: Cardiff
Date of birth: 8 February, 1986
Event: pole vault
Achievements: Successfully switching from gymnastics to athletics.

Bryony Raine
From: Cardiff
Date of birth: 30 August, 1986
Event: Pole Vault
Achievements: Bronze at the 2009 UK Championship

Matt Richards
From: Neath
Date of birth: 10 May, 1986
Event: hammer
Achievements: AAA Under 23 Champion.

Philippa Roles
From: Neath
Date of birth: 1 March, 1978
Event: Discus
Achievements: Double Olympian.

Ryan Spencer Jones
From: Aberdare
Date of birth: 14 October, 1986
Event: Shot put
Achievements: Welsh Schools champion.

James Thie
From: Llanharan
Date of birth: 27 June, 1978
Event: 1500m
Achievements: Fourth at the 2004 World indoor championships.

Joe Thomas
From: Pontypridd
Date of birth: 29 January, 1988
Event: 800m
Achievements: One of Wales' youngest competitors.

Paul Walker
From: Rhoose
Date of birth: 15 August, 1985
Event: pole vault
Achievements: Welsh record holder.

Gareth Warburton
From: Caernarfon
Date of birth: 23 April, 1983
Event: 800m
Achievements: 2005 European indoor championships relay silver & 2006 Commonwealth Games competitor.

Rhys Williams
From: Cardiff
Date of birth: 27 February, 1984
Event: 400m hurdles
Achievements: 2010 European Championships silver & 2006 Commonwealth Games competitor.



see also
Commonwealth Team Wales 2010
15 Oct 10 |  Wales
Welsh Commonwealth call for Raine
20 Sep 10 |  Commonwealth Games
GB pair win hurdles gold & silver
31 Jul 10 |  Athletics
Jackson hails Euro 'hero' Malcolm
31 Jul 10 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics


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