Mica Moore targets Gold Coast 2018 after glorious Glasgow

TEAM WALES: Mica Moore, left, with Rachel Johncock, Hannah Thomas and Hannah Brier at Hampden Park on Saturday

TEAM WALES: Mica Moore, left, with Rachel Johncock, Hannah Thomas and Hannah Brier at Hampden Park on Saturday

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NEWPORT sprint star Mica Moore is still on a high after helping the Welsh women’s 4x100m relay squad set a new national record in their Glasgow 2014 final and she’s already targeting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The relay girls – Moore, 16-year-old Hannah Brier and Hannah Thomas and Rachel Johncock – finished seventh in the final at a wet but raucous Hampden Park.

The young quartet, who only made it to the final after their original disqualification from their semi-final was overturned late on Friday night, beat an experienced Trinidad & Tobago team with a time of 44.51 seconds.

And Moore, who was involved in the controversial changeover with Thomas in the semi, was delighted to have got round without any problems in the final.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said the 21-year-old former Newport Harrier who ran the third leg.

“After the heat I was a little bit wary that it could go wrong again but I had so much trust in Hannah and I knew that we’d be OK.

“As soon as the baton was in my hand I screamed ‘yay’ in my head.

“It was a bit of luck I think that we got reinstated on Friday. It gave us another chance and we didn’t blow it.

“I’m really pleased that we didn’t look out of place.”

Moore, who now runs for Birchfield Harriers, was blown away by the whole Glasgow 2014 experience and she wants it to be the first of many.

“The atmosphere out there was amazing,” she said. “It was great to see all the Welsh flags and I was waving to all of them, even though I didn’t know them.

“All the support and the messages we’ve got has been mind blowing. We were shocked that all these people cared about four young girls from Wales.

“Christian Malcolm sent us a good luck message as well, which was great.

“I will never forget this experience but we want it to be the start.

“I’ve bought my flip-flops for Australia in four years,” she joked. “That is definitely something to drive towards and I’m sure all of us will work hard to get there.”

Mum Lolita and dad and coach Lawrence were in the stands watching on Saturday and Moore paid tribute to them afterwards.

“My mum and dad had a banner so I could spot them and they are the best,” she said. “My dad is obviously my coach and it’s nice for him to come to an event like this and see what the training we’ve done has achieved.

“And my mum is my best friend so for them to be here to share this with me has been just brilliant.”

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