Dewi Griffiths kept his home flag flying high at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships as he finished in a Welsh best 27th.
The Swansea Harrier, who came into the race having recently been crowned Uk inter-counties cross country champion eclipsed the two great Steves, Brace and Jones, as he backed up Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins top lead the British team to fourth place overall.
“Finishing 27th in the world isn’t a bad place to be, but I believe I can go even quicker in two years,” said Griffiths, who bettered Brace’s 1992 finish of 33rd and Jones’s 77th place a year later.
“I was going for a personal best, and I’m really happy to have run one in that wind.
“It’s nice to get one over on a couple of guys and I’m sure they’ll be looking to do the same to me now.
“There was so many more people on the start line than there usually are, there wasn’t much traffic going around the course which helped me get through the difficult parts.”
But while Griffiths was able to finish higher than Brace, he was not able to better his time of 62.38 24 years ago.
But he did run faster than Jones at his only half marathon championship at this level, when he clocked 64.52 in Brussels.
There were tens of thousands of people lining the streets in the rain, and Griffiths got as loud a cheer as his British teammate Farah before the gun went.
“It was a shame about the weather, but this showed Wales in a good light with so many people out here supporting,” added Griffiths.
“There were loads of fans out supporting and cheering my name all the way around. It was an experience I will never forget, and something i was glad to be a part of.
“Hopefully I can push on in the summer and go even quicker again.”