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Berwyn jones

Full Name: Thomas Berwyn Jones

Date of Birth: 13 February 1940

Born: Rhymney, Monmouthshire.

Club: Birchgrove H, Caerleon TC.

Coach: Ron Pickering.

 

Career summary
 
Speed The Key

In the space of two years, Berwyn Jones made nine international appearances, he was part of a world record race and he established himself as one of the best sprinters in Welsh history. But all that was lost to rugby league, when he switched sports before even having the chance to become part of a British team at an Olympic Games

 

Hungary For Success

Jones had a fabulous year in 1963, ironically his last in track and field. At the AAA championships at the White City Stadium, he won the 100y title in 9.71 from Larry Questad, of the USA, in 9.74 and Ron Jones in 9.76 and also, he recorded victories against West Germany and Russia before arguably the individual performance of his career when he run 10.3 for the 100m against Hungary to equal the British record.

That time took him to fifth in the world; and soon he would be a record-breaker too.

 

All White On The Night

Combining their power, strength and baton changing, Britain triumphed on a night which epitomised track and field at what was its London home for so long. On August 3, in a classic confrontation between Britain and the USA, the White City Stadium was buzzing and the home crowd were rewarded by a fantastic performance from the 4 x 110y relay team. Led off by Peter Radford, who progressed to become the chief executive of the British Athletics Federation, Dave Jones ran the second leg, then Ron Jones before Berwyn Jones brought the team home in 40.0.

 

Changing Times

While it was likely that he would have made it to the Olympics, by 1964 he had left athletics for Rugby League. He joined Wakefield Trinity, where his speed made him one of their key players and he gained instant international recognition. Jones, who also worked as a PE teacher, represented Britain three times again France and was part of a tour to Australia and New Zealand where the team achieved fine success. Despite losing their Test series in Australia 2-1, Britain won 13 of their tour matches before one of their most successful trips to New Zealand won they won all eight of the games, including the two Tests in Auckland, 25-8 and 22-14.

 

International Championships

1961: 2nd 100m, 4th 4x100m World University Games

1962: sf 100y, 3rd 4x110y Commonwealth Games, sf 100m, 3rd 4x100m Europeans

UK Internationals: 9 (1961-3)

 
National Championships

Won AAA 100y 1963, Welsh 100y 1961-2, 220y 1962

Personal bests

100y 9.6 (1962), 9.71, 9.5w (1963); 100m 10.3 (1963), 200y 21.6 (1963)