UEL student Shannon Hylton wins UK title to book place at World Championships
Sprint star heads a UEL one-two to continue amazing summer of track success for the University
The University of East London (UEL) celebrated a glorious one-two on the athletics track on Sunday when undergraduate Shannon Hylton won the UK senior women’s 200 metres title – beating UEL 2016 graduate Bianca Williams into second place.
The result guarantees both women (pictured) a place on the start-line at next month’s World Athletics Championships in London – adding another chapter to the University’s incredible track and field story this summer in which four current students have earned GB call-ups.
But she atoned for her disappointment by producing arguably the performance of the day at the World Championships Team Trials 2017 in Birmingham to win her race in a lifetime best of 22.94 seconds.
Bianca, who travelled to Rio as a member of the GB 4x100 metres relay squad but did not actually make the starting quartet, took the runner-up spot in 23.05 seconds.
"I’m so thrilled,” said Shannon, who is two years into her biomedical science degree at UEL. “I knew I had some really strong girls outside me so I had to get out well.