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13 March 2007 PR 07/30

Gillick named European athlete of the month for February

Loughborough University student David Gillick has been named the European male athlete of the month for February.

The 23-year-old Gillick, who moved to Loughborough to train with the University’s director of athletics coaching Nick Dakin, clocked an Irish indoor record 45.91 seconds for the 400 metres at a meeting in Dusseldorf on February 6. It was also the world’s leading mark at the time.

He then successfully defended his European indoors 400m title in a new Irish record time of 45.52 seconds when he ran down Germany’s Bastian Swillims on the final bend at the championships in Birmingham earlier this month.

The time is the second fastest indoors in the world this year.

Gillick beat Greek long jumper Louis Tsatoumas for the award while Olympic champion high jumper Stefan Holm of Sweden was third.

World and Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva from Russia won the women’s award after she set a new world indoors record of 4.93m on February 10 in Donetsk in Ukraine.

The monthly award, which began in January, is voted for by the public and media.

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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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