Rhys Williams (athlete)
Williams at the 2012 European Championships
|Born||27 February 1984|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
Williams was born in Bridgend, the son of former Welsh international rugby union player J.J. Williams. Rhys studied at Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari from September 1995 until June 2002. He was a member of the Bridgend and District D.C. Thomas winning rugby side at the age of 11 and was also the Welsh U15 backstroke swimming champion. He is currently studying for a master's degree at the University of Glamorgan.
Williams won the 400 m hurdles at the 2005 European U23 Championships, was European Junior Champion in 2003, and won the European Youth Olympics in 2001.
On 10 August 2006, Williams won the bronze medal at the European Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg in a time of 49.12 seconds, thus just slightly missing his personal best (49.09, set at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where he finished fourth). He also ran 48.3 over the 400 m (2002).
On 17 June 2008 it was announced that he would miss the 2008 Olympics due to a stress fracture to his right foot. He suffered the injury while taking part in the Welsh Championships two days earlier, which was the first time he had competed since suffering a similar injury a year earlier.
|400m||46.69s||Newport||25 May 13|
|400mH||48.84s||Luzern, SUI||17 Jul 13|
- "BBC SPORT | Olympics | Athletics | Injured Williams out of Olympics". BBC News. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2012-07-08.