19 Aug 2014
Loughborough based athletes claim medals at European Championships
Loughborough based athletes have won nine medals, including six golds at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich.
Former Sport Scholar Martyn Rooney claimed two gold medals – winning the 400m individual event ahead of team-mate Matthew Hudson-Smith and by anchoring the GB&NI team to success in the 4x400m relay event.
Speaking after the 400m individual event Martyn Rooney said:
“I’ve never won anything in my life. I’ve won the trials and stuff, but to win the European Championships, I’m ecstatic.
"It was great to have a 1-2 as well, that’s great for British Athletics, for me personally to have someone to race for the next couple of years – it’s amazing – I’ve come out on top today.”
In the 100m Loughborough based James Dasaolu won the gold medal with former Sports Scholar Harry Aikines-Aryeetey taking the bronze. In the 200m Loughborough based Adam Gemili equalled his personal best time of 19.98 to claim the gold medal.
In the men’s 4x100m there was another victory for Great Britain, with James Ellington, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty and Adam Gemili running a time of 37.93 seconds, holding off Germany for second while France took the bronze.
In the hurdles events Loughborough based Tiffany Porter won the women's 100m hurdles, with University graduate Will Sharman taking the silver medal in the men's 110m hurdles.
Following on from her success at the Commonwealth Games Loughborough based Lynsey Sharp claimed another silver medal in the women's 800m.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland topped the medal table at the Championships with a record breaking 23 medals – with a number of the athletes from the team based at the British Athletics National Performance Institute on campus.