UEL students win track and field medals on national stage
Athletes from the University of East London (UEL) showed they can compete with the best as three students claimed medals at the British Indoor Athletics Championships in Sheffield.
Sprinter Shannon Hylton grabbed a much deserved silver medal in the women’s 60 metres final, just being edged out of top spot by Olympic athlete Asha Philip.
The result meant Shannon was offered a spot at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix and a chance to qualify for the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
In the women’s 200 metres final, Maya Bruney finished in third place, with a personal best of 24.00 seconds to continue the success on the track for UEL athletes.
Youcef Zatat also threw a personal best of 18.22 metres in the men’s shot put to secure a silver medal.
Elsewhere, Sydney Griffin was victorious in the women’s 60 metres hurdles at the Vectis Indoor Meeting in Luxembourg with a personal best time of 8.38 seconds.
Chris Bowers also captured gold at the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Canoe Slalom Championships in the K1 men’s final.
The accounting and finance student will look to build on this result ahead of the British Trials in April, where he will compete against fellow UEL student Zac Allin for a place in the GB team.
These superb results came just a week before the BUCS National Championships in Sheffield, where UEL will look to beat the 12 medals they achieved last year.
Athletes from the University will be competing in athletics, swimming, judo, fencing and badminton against the biggest and the best names from universities across the UK.