Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Thomas and Bleasdale seal European Championships places

Pontypridd’s Joe Thomas and Cardiff-based Holly Bleasdale have sealed their places in the British team to compete in next month’s European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.

Impressive performances in Sheffield and Birmingham over recent weeks have seen Cardiff AAC 800m athlete Thomas qualify for the showpiece event, pole vaulter Bleasdale has had an impressive start to 2013.

Thomas ran a time of 1:49.79 at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham on the weekend, with the qualification time set at 1:48.00. He also won the British Trials in Sheffield a week earlier.

It means he qualifies for the championships ahead of London 2012 800m finalist Andrew Oshadie, who failed to make the squad after Thomas was joined by Mukhtar Mohammed and Michael Rimmer to compete in the men’s 800m.

Thomas Tweeted after the event: “Had a stinker today with a few problems leading into race, but did enough to get picked for Great Britain at Euro Champs.” He later added: “Looking forward to the Euros!”

Bleasdale goes to Sweden as world No1 and the favourite to win the pole vault, winning the event in Birmingham with a height of 4.70m.

She Tweeted after the event: “Amazing day today. Tried some longer poles and they worked so well! Crowd was amazing as usual.”

The full squad was announced on Tuesday (February 19).


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