Rio 2016Olympic & Paralympic Games


27 Jun 2016

Polished run from Diamond to book her Olympic place

There was a dazzling performance from Loughborough University alumna Emily Diamond to win the British 400m title on Sunday, and with it secure her spot on the plane to the Olympic Games this summer.

Sport & Exercise Science graduate Diamond ran a beautifully timed race to move away from her rivals down the home straight and cross the line in 51.94, arms aloft with joy.

“It’s just a relief; I think it’s the first time that I’ve come in to the Championships ranked number one. To win was just a massive bonus, and to firmly secure my seat at Rio is an absolute dream come true. It was such a strong field, I came in thinking I should have the most confidence I’ve ever had because I’ve PB’d numerous times this season and I’ve had a whole winter without any injuries. I came into the competition confident, knowing exactly what I needed to do.”

There were plenty of other medals over the three day British Athletics Championships, which doubled up as the Rio 2016 Olympic Trials, notably another alumna Laura Whittle finishing third in the women’s 5000m. With two qualifying times to her name, Laura now faces a nervous wait to see if she is selected for the third Olympic Games spot.

It’s a similar story for fans favourite Martyn Rooney, third over 400m. He will now go to the European Championships in Amsterdam in two weeks’ time to try and defend his title and show selectors that he is worthy of both an individual and relay place for Rio.

Current student Jake Wightman also produced a strong run for bronze in a quality 1500m final. Missing the qualifying standard by less than half a second last weekend, the Scot will now have two weeks to try and find the required standard, which he ran back in 2014.

Loughborough University based European 100m and 200m champions James Dasaolu and Adam Gemili also secured their Rio places thanks to impressive victories in their respective events.

Former Loughborough College men Robbie Grabarz and Chris Baker were also on form in the high jump, a one-two finish meaning they are off to the Olympics Games. There was also automatic selection for Loughborough based Asha Philip, Danny Talbot, Lynsey Sharp and Sophie Hitchon.

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