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Shannon Hylton proud to be selected for European Championships

West Ham

Biomedical Science student recovers from injury to secure her place in GB team

University of East London (UEL) sprinter Shannon Hylton has spoken of her pride at being selected for Britain for the forthcoming European Championships after overcoming serious injury problems.

Shannon, who is studying Biomedical Science at the University, will compete in the women’s 4x100 metres relay on 12 August.

For the first time, the European Athletics Championships are being staged as part of a new multi-sport European Championships across two locations – Glasgow and Berlin. The track and field competition takes place in Germany.

Shannon said, “I was extremely happy to be selected. It’s always an honour to put on the GB vest.

“Earlier this year I suffered from a fractured foot and Achilles’ issues which in turn caused me to only have six weeks to prepare for the British trials. I was very proud of my performance at the trials considering this.”

Injury problems also caused Shannon to miss out on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, making her even more determined to be selected for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

 “The Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 is a huge target of mine, especially after missing out in Rio 2016,” she said. “And after my life as an athlete, I plan to work in pharmaceuticals and continue to pursue my passion in Bioscience.”