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Impressive one-two for UEL sprint specialists at BUCS Nationals


UEL continue domination of the 200 metres event with gold and silver in Sheffield

The University of East London (UEL) continued its domination of the 200 metres event at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals as Kyle Ennis led home a UEL one-two at the in Sheffield at the weekend.

Ennis (centre) flew round the indoor track at the English Institute of Sport, edging ahead of fellow UEL student Omololu Abiodun (left) in a time of 21.46 seconds.

It was the fifth successive 200 metres victory for UEL at indoor and outdoor BUCS Nationals and one of six gold medals won by the University over the weekend.

Three of them came in athletics, with two in judo and one in swimming.

UEL finished an impressive fifth in the overall athletics standings thanks to a double helping of gold in the shot put as Youcef Zatat and Lorn Mayers won the men’s and men’s ambulatory titles respectively.

Zatat blew away the field, throwing 17.58 metres to beat his nearest rival by over a metre, while Mayers fought his way to a 12-centimetre win in a tightly contested final, throwing 11.38 metres.

Medals on the track also came from sprint specialists Adeseye Ogunlewe, who finished second in the men’s 60 metres, and Jared Lane, who won bronze in the men’s 60 metres hurdles.

In the pool, Michael Gunning powered his way to a thrilling gold medal in the 200 metres butterfly, coming from behind to win by just 0.24 seconds in 2 minutes, 1.38 seconds.

Having bettered his result of two bronzes at the 2016 championships, Gunning was over the moon to finally get to the top of the podium, thanking UEL for what they had done to get him there.

“It feels so good!” said Gunning. “I’m in my third year now so the fact that I’ve managed to secure gold is absolutely fantastic.

“UEL have been absolutely amazing for me. All the staff have helped me so much with both my training and my studies and I wouldn’t be in this position without them.”

Olympian Emmanuel Nartey retained his men’s under-73 kilograms judo title while fellow judoka Julia Scardone upgraded the silver she won at last year’s championships to a gold in the women’s under-52 kilograms category. Both sailed through the competition with unbeaten records.

A successful championship on the mat continued as Muhammad Umar Khalid and Luke Easton both achieved bronze in the men’s under-60 kilograms and men’s under-66 kilograms competitions respectively.

With the University looking to dominate sport across the board, UEL competed in fencing at the BUCS Nationals for the first time, with Thomas Corlett reaching the final eight.

In total, UEL captured 11 medals at the championships and will look to continue this hot streak in the upcoming months across their 23 sports clubs.