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Olympic hope Martyn Rooney praises Loughborough University

23 July 2012

Great Britain’s Olympic 400 metre medal hope Martyn Rooney praised Loughborough University after going through kitting-out at the Team GB Loughborough Preparation Camp over the weekend.

Martyn, a Loughborough College graduate, was one of eight athletes with Loughborough links who collected their kit, the others being Sophie Hitchon (hammer), Alex Smith (hammer), Emily Diamond (4x400m), Goldie Sayers (javelin), Rhys Williams (400m hurdles), Lee McConnell (400m and 4x400m), and James Dasaolu (100m).

Martyn, who is based at the university and coached by director of coaching Nick Dakin, said: “Loughborough is a hub of sport and to have the kitting-out at Loughborough is amazing, and they have done such a great job.

“Everything is in one place and everything is so organised. We can be proud of what Loughborough University have done.”

Martyn reached the final of the 400m in Beijing four years ago and finished sixth but is determined to do even better at the London 2012 Olympics. He launches his bid for a medal in the heats on Saturday, August 4.

He said: “I can’t go there and just do the same thing again. You have to progress in athletics. I need to up my game, and be the best.”

Martyn beat American 400 metres great Jeremy Warriner, who has won three Olympic gold medals, at the start of the season.

“It’s nice to beat a big name in the sport,” said Martyn, who finished sixth in 45.52secs at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

“He is not in the shape he was when he was winning Olympics Games and world champs. But it’s nice to be competitive and race these guys.

“This year I’ve jumped in at the deep end and raced these guys at every opportunity. I have not gone to b or c circuits, I’ve gone to the Diamond Leagues and you can’t make a mistake there.

“If you make a mistake you get found out. It’s nice to be testing myself at every opportunity.”

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