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11 May 2006 PR 06/48

Loughborough International Athletics Match
Lisa Dobriskey confirmed for 3,000m

Lisa Dobriskey has confirmed she will compete for Loughborough University at the Loughborough International Athletics (LIA) match on Sunday 21 May 2006.

Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) Gold medallist in the 1500m, she will compete in the 3,000m at the LIA.

“Lisa Dobriskey won the AAA Indoor title at 3,000m back in early February before heading off to South Africa as the first step in her successful Commonwealth Games preparation,” comments George Gandy, Meeting Director of the LIA.

“She will be looking for a sub 9mins (i.e. personal best) performance at the LIA at this distance, weather permitting, as part of her foundations for a season targeting success at 1500 metres in the European Championships.”

Other team selection highlights to date:

Craig Pickering will compete for British Universities in the 100m and will be a guest in the 200m. His time of 10.22 when winning at the LIA in 2005 took him to fifth on the British all-time list for 100m and he has followed that with 10.23 at Battersea Park, 10.27 for 2nd at the AAA U20s and gold medals at the English Schools and European U20s. He was a reserve on the British relay squad at the 2005 World Championships.

Both Martyn Rooney (5th in the final of the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with a time of 45.51) and Rhys Williams (4th in the final of the 400mH at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with a time of 49.09) will combine in a very strong Loughborough 4x 400m relay team.

Britain’s number one female javelin thrower Goldie Sayers, who threw a PB of 61.45 to win the same event in May last year, is confirmed for the Loughborough team.

Kim Wall, who ran 53.75 in the 400m heats at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne this year, competes for Loughborough in the 300m and 4x 400m.

European U20 Champion at 5000m Emily Pidgeon is confirmed for the 3000m Steeplechase, alongside 3rd and 4th finishers from last year’s AAA Senior Championships, Claire Entwistle (guest or England) and Sonia Thomas (Loughborough)

Former AAA Indoor Champion Samson Oni represents Loughborough in the High Jump.

Former World Junior Gold and Silver medallists David Parker (javelin) and Emeka Udechuku (discus), both of whom threw for England at the recent Commonwealth Games, represent Loughborough in their respective disciplines, with the latter likely to ‘double up’ in the Shot also.

National record-holder Janine Whitlock has been chosen to represent England in the women’s Pole Vault, and is likely to face stiff opposition from Loughborough-based Kate Dennison and two Swedish internationals, Hanna-Mia Person and Kirsten Belin, who have both cleared 4.40 metres.


For ticket details and information about the event please go to the LIA website or telephone 01509 226250.

For further information/accreditation, please contact:

Notes to editors

  1. Please note, accreditation forms must be returned by FRIDAY 12TH MAY

  2. The teams competing at the LIA are – Loughborough Students, British Universities, England, GB Under 20’s, Scotland, and Wales. Further team selections will be made over the next 7-10 days.

  3. Event timings – Gates Open: 10.30am, Field events begin: 11.00am, Track events begin: 12.00 pm

  4. Media facilities – The press office will be located in the Charnwood Building where refreshments and a results service will be provided. Please note that photographers will also be located in this building, with a separate room for equipment.

  5. 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 it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five 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; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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