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UEL strike gold in wheelchair basketball and taekwondo

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University continues its run of form in national competitions

The gold run continued for the University of East London’s (UEL) sports teams as medals were secured in both wheelchair basketball and taekwondo at the weekend.

Following a superb performance the British Universities and College’s Sport (BUCS) Nationals last month, where UEL won six events, the University continued its dominance in national competitions.   

UEL’s wheelchair basketball team crushed the University of Hull 24-9 in the final of the 2017 University Wheelchair Basketball Championships, having already seen off the reigning champions, the University of Worcester, in the semis. 

The team, which included two GB juniors, Harry Blythe and Jacob Robinson, as well as five-time Paralympian Ann Wild OBE, dominated all competition on its way to its first title at Manchester’s Belle Vue Stadium.

This was followed by excellent results in taekwondo as UEL’s squad took home seven medals, including two golds, at the Student National Taekwondo Championships in Worcester. 

Elena Gomis Vicent won a dramatic gold in her A class final with a golden point after drawing the initial three rounds.

That result sees her qualify for the European Championships, where she will train with the GB team in preparation for the games.  

UEL students Zac Gilboy and Alexandru Mihai Calin came face to face in the men’s -80kg final, with club president Zac taking the honours by defeating his team-mate.

UEL will be looking for more success this weekend as both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams compete in the BUCS Super 8s. The University’s men’s basketball will also be competing for a spot at the National Championships