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29 July 2009 | PR 10/119

Loughborough graduate Chris Thompson wins European silver

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Loughborough University graduate Chris Thompson has won silver in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona.

Former University Sports Scholar Thompson came in behind Mo Farrah, making it a British one-two in the event.  Thompson pipped Italy’s Daniele Meucci to take silver in a time of 28:27.33.

His excitement was overwhelming in the post race interview.  “That was the greatest half-an-hour of my life!” he said.

“I thought - I've got to give everything here.  I'd been reading Steve Redgrave's book before the race, and he talked about once thinking he was gone halfway through a race, only to find his strength came back. That inspired me. I thought. -, this is my gold medal.”

Both Thompson and Farrah will also contest the 5,000m later in the week

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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