UEL athletes in record medal haul at BUCS Championships
Six medals, three of them gold, make it a weekend to remember at Bedford
The record-breaking goes on for the University of East London’s sports stars. This time it was the turn of UEL’s track and field athletes to make history when they returned from the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Athletics Championships in Bedford with six medals, including three golds.
It was the University’s largest ever medal haul at the prestigious inter-university championships and came less than a week after the UEL’s men’s first-eleven football team went into the history books by securing their seventh league promotion in seven years.
Youcef Zatat, a master’s student in strength in conditioning, was the pick of the UEL track and field performers with a lifetime best of 17.20 metres to take gold in the shot put by a huge 1.2 metres margin.
That brought Youcef his fifth BUCS title, having won gold indoors and outdoors in 2014 and 2015, and elevated him to fifth in the UK senior rankings for 2016 in what was, remarkably, his first competition of the season.
Sprinter Kyle Ennis was also a convincing winner of the men’s 200 metres, clocking 21.58 seconds, while Thalosang Tshireletso made it a hat-trick of golds for UEL with a winning triple-jump leap of 15.17 metres.
There was also a silver medal for former NFL player Lorn Mayers in the ambulant shot. His throw of 11.70 metres was actually the longest of the day but because he was competing in a mixed disability competition, his performance was calculated to be ranked second overall.
In a top-quality men’s 100 metres final, Joseph Dewar marked his return from injury with an excellent bronze medal after vying for the lead over the first half of the race. He crossed the line in 10.58 seconds, despite running into a headwind.
The UEL medal haul was completed by Darren Wiafe-Morson, who won bronze in the long-jump with a slightly wind-assisted leap of 7.37 metres.