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Welsh sprinters win two more European bronze medals

Welsh sprinters have won two more bronze medals in 100m races at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea.

Rhys Jones, 20, finished third in the T37 100m final.

Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones, pictured at the Commonwealth Games recently, where he also won bronze. Credit: PA

17-year-old Bradley Wigley also finished third, in the T38 100m.

It means Welsh para-athletes have claimed four medals for Great Britain - all bronze, and all in different 100m classifications - on the first day of competition in Swansea.

Welsh teenager wins IPC athletics bronze

Welsh sprinter Jordan Howe has won bronze in the T35 100m at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea.

The 18-year-old from Cardiff claimed Great Britain's seventh medal of the competition.

Jordan Howe
Jordan Howe - pictured at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, fellow Disability Sport Wales sprinter Jenny McLoughlin, 23, finished fifth in the women's T37 100m final.

Earlier, Olivia Breen was fourth in the T38 long jump, and Beverley Jones was sixth in the F37 shot put.


First Welsh medal at IPC athletics in Swansea

Laura Sugar has become the first Welsh para-athlete to win a medal at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea.

Laura Sugar
Laura Sugar - seen here at the Birmingham Diamond League athletics meeting last June. Credit: PA

The former Wales international hockey player claimed bronze in the T44 100m - Great Britain's fourth medal so far, on the first day of competition.

Adam Jones: Move to Blues represents new challenge

Adam Jones says his move to Cardiff Blues is about "a new challenge".

At this stage in my career I want a new environment and to really push myself.

I've been really impressed by the set-up at Blues and the desire to achieve in the coming years under the leadership of Mark Hammett. It is that ambition and potential for the future that excites me about this move.

Obviously I would like to thank everyone at the Ospreys - from the players and coaches to the wonderful supporters - who have been absolutely fantastic with me. I wish the region every success for the future.

– Adam Jones

Read: Adam Jones leaves Ospreys to join Cardiff Blues

People urged to cheer on our athletes in Swansea 2014

On the eve of the Swansea 2014, Sport Wales is urging everyone to take the opportunity to back our sports stars and show our pride and passion for sport in Wales.

This year's International Paralympic Committee Athletics European Championships has been hailed as yet another showcase for Welsh sport this year.

Welsh world record holders Aled Davies and Josie Pearson will line-up alongside athletics stars such as David Weir, Hannah Cockroft and Johnnie Peacock in Swansea.

We have a fine pedigree in disability and para-sport, not just at elite level but at a grassroots level as well.

When I talk to my counterparts in other countries, they ask about our success and how we have developed our systems and programmes to be so successful over the last decade.

It's taken hard work, but we hope that the people of Wales get to enjoy the result of that on the track in Swansea and really get behind our athletes.

– Sarah Powell, Sport Wales Chief Executive

For more information on Swansea 2014 click here


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