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11 May 2012 | PR 12/88
Loughborough athletes shine in the Olympic stadium
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Loughborough Students Athletics Club has reclaimed the title as the best University and College track and field team in the UK, thanks to some great performances in the Olympic Stadium.
The students participated in the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships from 4-7 May that acted as the test event for the stadium and the upcoming London 2012 Games.
Psychology student Justine Kinney took the headlines on the opening day of the Championships by winning the first ever competitive race held in the stadium.
Justine was well aware of the significance of the occasion when she lined up to take part in the women's 400m hurdles. After the race she said:
"I wanted to go for it and it was so quick. The track feels amazing, like you could fly down it – it feels wonderful."
Later in the meet Justine also won the final of the 400m hurdles, one of 13 championship winning performances by the Loughborough team.
The combined efforts from the 70 strong team lead to the students winning the BUCS athletics men's, women's and overall trophies.
Loughborough Students Athletics Club men's team captain Mike Baker said:
"It truly was a great weekend for Loughborough Students' Athletics Club on the grandest of stages in the Olympic Stadium. The 24 medals, 13 of which were gold, is testament to the inspiration of our athletes to deliver performances worthy of their continued hard work in preparing for this event.”
“The set up at the Olympic Park was professional and thorough, and this subsequently made for a superb weekend of athletics despite the often inclement conditions.”
Full details on the performances by the Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club can be found at:
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Notes for editors:
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.