Vanessa Wallace breaks two UK records to lead UEL medal charge at BUCS Athletics Championships
UEL athletes enjoy most successful championships in history with 11 medals, eight of them gold
University of East London (UEL) student Vanessa Wallace (formerly Daobry) smashed two UK records as UEL powered to its largest ever medal haul at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Outdoor Athletics Championships.
Vanessa, who competed for Britain at the Rio Paralympics last summer, was the star of the UEL show as she set UK records in the seated shot put and discus at the three-day meeting in Bedford.
And then in her first ever competitive outing in the F34 discus, Vanessa amazed even herself by throwing a UK record of 17.36 metres – the second longest throw in the world this year.
The final day turned into a ‘Magic Monday’ for UEL, with its athletes taking four golds in sprint events.
Kyle Ennis followed up his gold medal at the BUCS Indoor Championships by securing the men’s outdoor 200 metres crown after a photo finish in a winning time of 21.40 seconds.
Kyle then combined with relay team-mates Shad-Marc Aaron, Jared Lane and Adeseye Ogunlewe to secure the men’s 4x100 metres gold for UEL, in 40.68 seconds – nearly a second quicker than nearest challengers Cardiff Metropolitan.
The UEL women’s 4x100 metres quartet of Maya, Corrine Humphreys, Sydney Griffin and Mobolaji Adeokun also beat Cardiff Metropolitan into second place, taking gold in a time of 45.76 seconds.
With that relay win, Corrine captured her second gold of the weekend after earlier securing the women’s 100 metres title in 12.08sec.
It was also a second medal for Sydney, who won bronze in the women’s 100 metres hurdles.
In the last race of the championships, UEL took the bronze medal in the men’s 4x400 metres, missing out on the silver by just a tenth of a second.
UEL also showed its strength in the field events with Youcef Zatat and Lorn Mayers joining Vanessa in claiming medals.
Youcef, who made his senior GB debut earlier this year, blitzed the competition with a winning throw of 17.23 metres – more than a metre longer than his nearest rival.
Lorn then threw 12.38 metres in the men’s ambulatory shot put. Although this was the longest throw in the competition, the event featured mixed disabilities and, when the scores were calculated, Lorn took the silver medal overall.