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David is jumping for joy in Sheffield.

A RECORD number of 35 Welsh athletes travelled north to Sheffield to contest the UK Indoor Championships.

They certainly didn't disappoint, with four medals, a further eight top-eight finishes and eight personal bests.

David Omoregie provided one of the most memorable performances of the weekend running a personal best in the 60m hurdles to claim a bronze medal in his first ever senior championships at just 18.

His time of 7.78s equals the Welsh junior record held by Colin Jackson and places him equal second on the under-20 UK all-time list. Paul Walker continued his come-back from injury with an outstanding display in the men's pole vault to secure a bronze medal with a vault of 5.30m.

This is Walker's second Commonwealth Games B standard of the winter which now gives him a nomination pro-file for Glasgow.

There was further medal winning success from the fast improving Melissa Courtney who was only narrowly caught on the line in the women's 1500m, but still won a bronze medal with a new personal best of 4.14.86, while Sally Peake secured yet another bronze medal in the pole vault with a height of 4.16m.

Another rapidly improving athlete this winter is Rachel Johncock who raced to a fabulous personal best of 7.36s in the semi-final of the 60m to qualify for the final where she later placed seventh.

Further sprint successes came in the men's 60m where both Dewi Hammond and Sam Gordon ran personal bests of 6.80s and 6.86s respectively in their semi-finals.

The other personal bests came from Lyndsey Maund in the pole vault with 3.81m, recently-qualified Welsh athlete Deborah Willis ran 56.70 in the 400m, while Glen Elsdon ran a swift 8.07 in the 60m hurdles.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 12, 2014
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