6 Jul 2017
Students from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences heading to London 2017
Current Loughborough University students Jessica Judd and Morgan Lake (both from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences) had a weekend to remember on 1 and 2 July as they booked their spots on the Great Britain team for the London 2017 World Athletics Championships, which take place in The Stadium on Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park this August.
With 12 Loughborough athletes already selected for the World Para Athletics Championships, which precede the IAAF championships and kick off on Friday 14 July, six athletes secured automatic selection at the British Athletics Team Trials over the weekend.
Leading the way was first year Psychology student Morgan Lake, who broke her high jump personal best to take the British title. Clearing a world class 1.96m, the third highest ever by a British woman, the double World Junior champion won performance of the day and will now head to London 2017 looking to mix it with the best in the world.
Post-event Lake commented:
“It feels amazing [to get the UK’s third highest ever]. I am over the moon. After I jumped 1.96m I was so shocked, it was tough to focus on 1.99m. I felt good coming into today; I knew it was in there.
“My first two jumps at 1.99m felt good but then I just ran out and felt exhausted. I am looking forward to the Anniversary Games and a few Diamond Leagues, and then all the focus is on World Champs.”
For Jess Judd, it was a return to her very best that secured her London 2017 berth. The Human Biology student has been in fine form over a range of distances so far in 2017, but it was over 1500m where she excelled on Sunday.
Taking the race by the scruff of the neck, herself and Olympic finalist Laura Weightman moved clear of the rest of the field, with Judd’s runner-up finish ensuring she’ll head to her first World Championships in London. Breaking down in tears post-race, it was clear what this meant to her.
Rio 2016 4x400m bronze medallist Emily Diamond also ensured she’ll be in action in the London Olympic Stadium in August, as she finished second in the women’s 400m. The Loughborough University alumna will now fine tune her preparations for London 2017, where she’ll contest the individual and relay events.
In the field, former Loughborough student Robbie Grabarz and Loughborough based Sophie Hitchon took victories in the high jump and hammer respectively to earn their spots on the team. Olympic bronze medallists from London and Rio respectively, the duo will head to London with high hopes.
The final automatic qualifier, thanks to possessing the required qualifying time and finishing in the top two at Team Trials was Danny Talbot, the 200m specialist lowering his personal best to 20.20 in the process. The Loughborough based sprinter ultimately had to settle for second, but was naturally pleased with the best run of his career to date.
In the middle distance races alumni Jake Wightman and Guy Learmonth gave themselves good chances of being selected for the 1500m and 800m respectively. Wightman won bronze, but already has the necessary qualifying time, and has been in fine form this season with a Diamond League victory in Oslo. Learmonth was second in the 800m, a strong return to form, and he’ll now look to secure the qualifying time over the next three weeks.
Another former student who will wait on the selectors verdict is Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, the big man having finishing third in a top drawer men’s 100m final. An almost certain inclusion in the 4x100m relay team who will hope to make the podium, Harry AA could also get the nod for the individual event.
After clattering the first two hurdles, second year Economics student David Omoregie couldn’t recover and secure the top two spot he needed to ensure he’ll definitely be off to London. Finishing fifth, the 110m hurdler is Britain’s number two this season, and will therefore hope his good form will be enough to ensure he is selected.
With Loughborough’s London 2017 micro-site launched today (Wednesday 5 July) be sure to check it out for stories, exclusive video content and an ever growing list of Loughborough athletes who’ll be vying for medals.