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‘Team UEL’ among the medals at British Athletics Championships


Former and current students show depth of talent in track and field

Student athletes and alumni from the University of East London (UEL) took no less than five medals at the Muller British Athletics Championships in Birmingham at the weekend as they competed for places in this summer’s European Championships.

Alumna and Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams (pictured right) grabbed two well-earned medals – silver in the women’s 200 metres and bronze in the 100 metres finals. Williams’ time of 22.60 seconds was her fastest for four years.

Current UEL student Shannon Hylton (pictured second from right) was also in sizzling form in the 200 metres, clocking a lifetime best of 22.78sec to finish fourth – just two thousands of a second outside the bronze medal. 

In the men’s shot put, alumnus Youcef Zatat took the silver medal with a throw of  success 18.01 metres, just 0.34 centimetres behind the gold medallist.

Back on the track, current student Khai Riley La Borde brought home a bronze in the men’s 110 metres hurdles with a time of 13.96 seconds. That success was followed by alumnus Adam Gemili, who capped the medal haul with a silver in the men’s 200 metres in a time of 20.26 seconds. 

Several other UEL students and alumni competed over the weekend, showing the strength in depth in UEL’s athletics programme. 

Students Corinne Humphreys, Leroy Cain, Eden Davis, Emmanuel Sosanya, Chris Kandu, Eavion Richardson and Lennox Thompson and former student Kimberly Baptiste all competed for spots in the European Championships later this year in Glasgow. 

Matthew Tansley, UEL’s Director of Sport, said, “It’s great to see so many former and current UEL students doing so well. They are a credit to themselves and the University. 

“We are extremely proud to be able to play a role in their journey both on and off the competitive stage. We are building our reputation for supporting talent and this is just a sign of more success to come in the future.”