Brett Morse

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Brett Morse
Personal information
Born (1989-02-11) 11 February 1989 (age 26)
Penarth, Wales, United Kingdom
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Weight 121 kg (267 lb) (2014)[1]
Sport
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Coached by Andy Brittan
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking Ranked 8th in world - 2013
Personal best(s) 66.84m (Welsh record)
Updated on 26 November 2013.

Brett Morse (born 11 February 1989) is a British athlete who competes in the discus throw.

Career[edit]

Born in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales,[2] He is a member of the Birchfield Harriers club and is currently coached by Andy Brittan.[2] He was previously coached by Vésteinn Hafsteinsson. This caused controversy due to Icelandic Haffesteinson's two-year ban from competition after a failed drug test for nandralone at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[3] Morse has a degree in sports management from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff.[4]

Morse won the gold medal at the 2010 UK Championships, becoming the first Welshman to win the discus title.[4][5] He competed for Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, where he finished in sixth position.[6] At the 2011 World Championships, held in Daegu, South Korea, he advanced to the final where he finished in 12th place.[7][8]

Morse represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, but failed to reach the discus final.[9] At the 2012 GB Olympic Athletics Trials on 24 June in Birmingham, Morse finished second, with a best throw of 62.27 metres (204.3 ft), behind Lawrence Okoye who won the event with a throw of 63.43 metres (208.1 ft).[10] The result meant that Okoye secured automatic selection for the 2012 Olympics but Morse was still 65 centimetres short of the 'A' qualification standard needed to guarantee his place.[10][11]

In July 2012 Morse was confirmed as part of the Great Britain team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's discus alongside compatriots Lawrence Okoye and Abdul Buhari.[12] The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–7 August.[13]

The 2013 season saw Brett join up with current Welsh Athletics throwing coach, Andy Brittan. During the season Brett extended his own Welsh discus record to 66.84m, and won the British Athletics Championships held at Birmingham. He was invited to the London Grand Prix (Anniversary Games 2013 ) in London's Olympic Stadium, where he finished sixth in a world class field, narrowly missing out on fifth place by 4 cm. Brett was also selected by Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the 2013 World Athletics Championship in Moscow. He finished the 2013 season 8th in the list of the World Best throws for that year, one of only four British athletes to make the top ten in their respective disciplines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2014 CWG profile
  2. ^ a b "Brett Morse: Team GB". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Hart, Simon (6 December 2011). "London 2012 Olympics: UK Athletics accused of encouraging Brett Morse to work with controversial coach". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Brett Morse". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Brett Morse". BBC Wales. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2010: Greene grabs Wales' first gold". BBC Sport. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Gough, Martin (29 August 2011). "World Athletics 2011: Ennis leads heptathlon after opening day". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "World Athletics 2011: Jessica Ennis edged out in Daegu". BBC Sport. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Robbie Grabarz and Rhys Williams win European gold". BBC Sport. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "GB Olympic Athletics Trials - as it happened". BBC Sport. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Athletics: Brett Morse hopes London will come calling after season best". Wales Online. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "London 2012: Dwain Chambers picked for GB athletics squad". BBC Sport. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Men's Discus Throw". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 13 July 2012.