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14 February 2007 PR 07/15

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dobriskey selected for European champs

Loughborough University graduate and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Dobriskey has made a successful comeback from a stress fracture and been selected for the Great Britain team for next month’s European Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

The 23-year-old, who is still trained at the University by its director of athletics George Gandy, has been selected for the 3000m at the championships at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena after impressive performances since recovering from the stress fracture of her thigh.

She joins fellow University alumni Jeanette Kwayke (60m), Sara McGreavey (60m hurdles), Nicola Sanders (400m) and Nathan Douglas (triple jump), while pole vaulters Kate Dennison and Steve Lewis train at the University’s athletics High Performance Centre under Steve Rippon.

Dobriskey, who stormed past five other runners in the home straight to win gold in the 1500m at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games last March then had her subsequent performances and season hampered by the injury, returned to the track last month in Glasgow, comfortably winning the 1500m.

She then set a personal best in the 3000m in winning the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield on Feb 10, clocking eight minutes 55.22 seconds, smashing her personal best for the distance by seven seconds. It also eclipsed her previous best for the distance indoors by 13 seconds.

Dobriskey is expected to compete at a meeting in Birmingham this weekend, with several other athletes who will be using the event as a build-up to the European Championships in the same venue.

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  1. 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 in the top five 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.

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