Commonwealth Games 2018: Welsh hammer thrower Carys Parry throws A standard

Carys Parry
Carys Parry won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

Welsh hammer thrower Carys Parry is targeting a fourth Commonwealth Games after success at the 100th Welsh Championships in Cardiff.

Parry, 35, threw two Commonwealth Games A standards with efforts of 65.25m and 65.32m to put her in contention for a place at the Gold Coast next April.

The Rhondda athlete is looking to add the silver won in Delhi in 2010.

"I am looking to get a medal next year and won't go if I didn't think I was capable," said Parry.

Parry was the only Welsh athlete to achieve a Commonwealth Games A standard at the Welsh Championships. It was her 12th successive Welsh title and 13th overall.

Parry joined Melissa Courtney (1500m), Sally Peake (pole vault), Dewi Grffiths (10,000m), Ieuan Thomas (3,000m steeplechase), Josh Griffiths (marathon), Andrew Davies (marathon) David Omoregie (110m hurdles), Bethan Davies (20km walk), Jon Hopkins (3,000m steeplechase in achieving an A standard for the Gold Coast in 2018.

Brett Morse (discus), Ben Gregory (decathlon), Jennifer Nesbitt (10,000m), Heather Lewis (20km walk), Adele Nicoll (shot putt), Tom Marshall (1500m) have recorded B standards.

"I am absolutely delighted," Parry added.

"I had a bit of difficult winter and this is only my second competition back so I am pleased.

"I was walking my dog in November and I slipped down a bank and snapped my ankle and have had pins and plates put in there.

"I would hope two A standards would get me selected but you have to wait for the letter or phone call.

"It would be my fourth Commonwealth Games.

"I started in Australia in Melbourne in 2006 and maybe this would be full circle."

Sprinter Mica Moore, who is hoping to compete at both the Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympics in the bobsleigh next year, won the 100m in a time of 11.69 seconds.

Sam Gordon ran a new personal best to win the men's event in 10.32secs.

Other winners included Bethan Davies (3km walk), Brett Morse (discus), Adele Nicoll (shot putt), Dewi Griffiths (5,000m) and Thomas Williams (200m).

Paralympic champion Aled Sion Davies, who was this week named in the Great Britain squad for the World Championships in London 2017, competed in the discus and shot putt.

Leading Welsh athletes David Omoregie, Sally Peake, Hannah Brier, Rhys Williams and Seren Bundy-Davies were not competing.

The 100th Welsh Championship was marked by a parade of more than 100 former winners, including 1964 Olympic long jump gold medallist Lynn Davies, ex-world marathon record holder Steve Jones and Merthyr Tydfil's Venissa Head who won a record 25 Welsh titles in discus and shot.

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