Jake Heyward and Joe Brier weren’t the only Welshmen hoping to make an impact as the athletics programme started at the Tokyo Olympics today (Friday 30th July)
Swansea Harrier Brier is part of the Great Britain 4x400 squad in Japan, while Cardiff’s Heyward will be lining up in the 1500m.
But there is an even greater Welsh contingent playing its part off the track in the Far East by making up half of the 12 lead coaches supporting GB’s athletics team.
Welsh Athletics CEO James Williams says it is a source of pride to see Wales' coaching talent at all levels being represented on the biggest stage of all by the likes of Christian Malcolm - GB's Olympic programme head coach.
"From a Welsh Athletics perspective, whether we directly contributed to them being there or not, we're incredibly proud of them," said Williams.
"I think it's the pinnacle of every athlete's career to make an Olympic Games, but it's got to be the pinnacle of every coach's career as well - to be to be chosen to lead your respective area at the Olympic Games.
"So yes, it's fantastic for us to have that link. And we celebrate that just as we have with the athletes who have been selected."
Former Wales and Great Britain international sprint legend Malcolm leads the Welsh coaching contingent in Tokyo, while Welsh Athletics' head coach, Chris Jones, is currently on secondment with British Athletics and will lead the coaching team helping the endurance athletes.
He will be joined by another ex-Wales and GB international and current senior lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, James Thie, who’ll be paying particular attention to the progress of his former athlete Heyward in the 1500m.
Former national coach and Welsh international pole vaulter, Scott Simpson, is part of the team working with the jumps athletes, while Britain's throwers will benefit from the many years of experience of Shaun Pickering, a member of the Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame, and still holder of the Welsh record in the shot put.
And the long sprint and relay squads, including Brier, will be under the supervision of former Wales and GB one lap star, Tim Benjamin, who has returned to athletics after setting up his own chain of gyms following his competitive retirement.