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The Olympic torch at Caerphilly Castle as part of its journey around the UK

Wales has a proud history when it comes to athletics, the first official athletics meeting was held in Aberystwyth in 1860 and we've gone from strength to strength ever since. Take a look at some of our achievements -


  • Gold medalist in the long jump in the 1964 Summer Olympics, Lynn Davies (nicknamed 'Lynn the Leap') was the flagbearer for Great Britain's team in the 1968 games and is the only Welsh athlete to have won gold in an individual Olympic track and field event.

  • 110m hurdler Colin Jackson is a former world record holder and the winner of numerous World and European medals. Marathoner Steve Jones set the world record for the marathon in Chicago in 1984 with a time of 2:08:05. This was the British record for 33 years. He also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 10,000m in 1986.

  • 400m hurdler Dai Greene from Felinfoel is a European, Commonwealth and World Champion claiming gold medals in 2010 and 2011.

  • Wales has also produced one of the world’s most successful Paralympians, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson OBE. Dame Grey-Thompson won 16 Paralympic medals between 1988 and 2004 in wheelchair track events, ten of the medals were gold. She has also won gold in two world championships and has won the women's wheelchair race at the London Marathon on six occasions. Dame Grey-Thompson was also a member of the team that brought the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to London, a games widely recognised for changing attitudes to disability sport across the world.

  • Many Welsh athletes took part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Our Paralympic Welsh athletes regularly bring home the Gold. In the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Welsh athletes won ten Gold medals, three Silver and one Bronze – contributing 25% to the whole Team GB Gold Medal haul.

  • The quality of the athletic training facilities in Wales, along with the friendly welcome, encouraged many international teams to choose Wales for their Pre Games Training Camps.


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