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7 July 2005 PR 05/71

Loughborough European Athletics Meeting offers key opportunity for British athletes

Australian sub ten second sprinter Patrick Johnson, and Loughborough graduate and international athletics star Lee McConnell will be among the athletes lining up for this year’s Loughborough European Athletics meeting, which takes place on Saturday 16 July.

The event will provide British stars with an opportunity to claim qualification marks for the major championship of the year, the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, just ahead of the deadline.

The Loughborough European Athletics meeting has grown out of the Loughborough International Development meet, which, since it started in 1999, has staged a 300m Hurdles world record for Chris Rawlinson and a British 2,000m steeplechase record for Tara Kryswicki. The meeting is now affiliated to the European Athletics Promotion circuit, which operates twelve meetings across the continent, with around 200 athletes from 18 countries taking part.

McConnell, a Loughborough Sports Scholar and European 400m Bronze medallist, will take on US Trials finalist Tanisha Mills in her new event of 400m Hurdles. Loughborough-based former European 400m runner Iwan Thomas will also include the meeting in his late start to the 2005 season, as he seeks Welsh Commonwealth Games selection.

Other British stars in the meeting include Hammer thrower Shirley Webb who looks set to take on American Amber Campbell, who recently secured her World Championship place in finishing 3rd in the US trials. On the Track, Damian Greaves, Britain’s fastest sprint hurdler of 2005, will meet Nottingham’s Olympian Andy Turner in the men’s 110m Hurdles.

The Men’s Hammer will open proceedings at 11.30am, with track events starting at 12.30pm. Tickets are available on the day, priced £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. Further information about the event is available from Ben Aherne, Tel: 01509 226120.

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For further information contact:

Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, Loughborough University,
T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

Notes to editors

1. Any media wishing to attend the meet should contact Hannah Baldwin in Loughborough University’s Public Relations Office, T: 01509 222239, F: 01509 223902, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk Please give details of any requirements, eg power point.

2. The Media Centre will be located in the Charnwood Athletics Club House, adjacent to the track.

3.

Provisional Timetable

Track programme

  12.30
13.00
13.23
13.40
14.00
14.15
14.28
14.45
15.15
15.40
16.20
16.34
16.56
17.12
400m Hurdles Women Series
100m Men Heats
100m Women Heats
400m Hurdles Men Series
400m Women Series
100m Men Finals [A & B]
100m Women Finals [A & B]
100m Hurdles Women’s Heats
110m Hurdles Men’s Heats
400m Men Series
200m Women Series
200m Men Series
100m Hurdles Women’s [A & B Finals]
110m Hurdles Men’s Finals [A & B]
  Field programme
  11.30
12.40
12.55
13.15
14.05
14.30
15.00
15.15
16.00
16.10
16.15
17.20
Men’s Hammer
Men’s Pole Vault
Men’s Javelin
Women’s High Jump
Women’s Discus
Men’s Long Jump
Women’s Pole Vault
Men’s Discus
Women’s Long Jump
Men’s High Jump
Women’s Hammer
Women’s Javelin TBD

4. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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