Loughborough hopefuls secure places
25 June 2012
Loughborough University enjoyed a fabulous weekend with a host of hopefuls booking their places at the London 2012 Olympics.
Six athletes qualified for the Olympics while two more swimmers booked their places, taking Loughborough’s contingent to 15 representing three countries, their highest number ever.
Martyn Rooney led the charge in the athletics by winning the men’s 400m at the Aviva Trials in Birmingham.
He said: "The race was great, it was competitive. I can’t say I ran amazingly but I am just happy to get a result.
"To get Olympic qualification out of it is exciting. Now I can go into the next couple of weeks knowing what I have to do. I’ve got to run 44-low, simple as that. It’s a nice place to be."
Nick McCormick, a Loughborough Scholar, booked his place by finishing second in the 5,000 metres behind Ross Millington.
He said: "I’m absolutely over the moon, I’ve made my first Olympics at 30 years old so it’s been a long time coming.
"I’m delighted to run into the selection after running the qualifying time two weeks ago. I really wanted to win today so all credit to Ross for his great run, it was a good tactical battle and just what I need a reality check. I need to work hard now in training and I want to make the final (in London)."
There was also success for Kate Dennison (pole vault), Sophie Hitchon (hammer), who are both based at Loughborough, graduate Goldie Sayers (javelin), and Student Scholar Robbie Grabarz (high jump).
Others may have to run well at the European Championships which start this week or rely on being a selectors’ pick.
James Dasaolu, who has already got the A standard, finished third in the 100m, while Nathan Woodward was also third, in the 400m hurdles.
Lisa Dobriskey was second in the 1500m in only the third race of the season, Will Sharman finished fourth in the 110m hurdles and Meghan Beesley was third in the 400m hurdles.
Woodward said: "I should have confirmed my spot today. I felt great. It was literally just hurdle 10, I wrapped my foot around it. I maybe didn’t execute as well as I should have done. The second spot should have been mine today. I’m very disappointed but I’ve beaten everyone else. I hope I’m selected."
Dasaolu said: "I just missed out on the second spot so I’m not really too happy about that but it’s still good to get top three. I’ve got an A standard already so I’ve just got to leave it in the hands of the selectors. I’m disappointed I just missed out on the second spot."
Grant Turner booked his place in the British Olympic Association 44-strong swimming team after good performances at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield.
He swam 49.01 secs in the 100m heats and finished second in the final. Caitlin McClatchey, who had already booked her place in the 4x100m freestyle, will also swim the 200m freestyle. Emma Hollis has made the Paralympic team in the 400m freestyle.
Canoeists Liam Heath and Jon Schofield warmed up for the Olympics by winning K2 200m gold at the European Canoe Sprint Championships.
It was their third European title in a row as they fine-tune preparations for the Olympics, with the canoe sprint schedule starting on 6 August.
Loughborough based gymnast Sam Oldham finished second in the British Championships at the weekend.