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UoB Athletes star in British Champs

UoB representatives had a fantastic weekend at the Müller British Athletics Championships over the weekend, with current and former scholars spending a lot of time on the podium!


Sarah McDonald, graduate scholar who completed her medicine degree back in July, won her first British outdoor title over 1500m, and as she already has the qualifying time and placed in the top 2, she earns automatic qualification for the World Championships in Doha next month! Sarah said she can’t wait to get back on the track:

‘It’s a dream come true, I’m so happy to get to my second World Championships. I’m in the shape of my life having run PBs over both the 800m and the 1500m. I’m so excited for the next part of the journey, bring on Doha!’

Chris McAlister, who graduated in 2017 in Economics and Politics, earned his first National medal with a fine Bronze in the 400m Hurdles. As the only Briton with the qualifying time, and as a dual-career athlete, we’ve got everything crossed for selection for the World Champs.


Jake Porter also snatched a Bronze medal in the 110m hurdles, with a season’s best of 13.90!

Laura Zialor leapt to 4th place in the High Jump with a 1.80 jump – all the more impressive as she only switched to this event in February.

Issy Boffey and Mari Smith were a brilliant 4th and 5th respectively in a loaded 800m field, each beating two ladies that have the World Qualifying Time in the process, and making for a very exciting battle down the home straight!


Elsewhere, there were fantastic top 8 performances from:
– Amelia Quirk 6th, 5000m (15.53 PB)
– Hannah England 6th, 1500m
– Maisie Grice 6th, Steeplechase
– Akin Coward 7th, High Jump
– Jonny Davies 8th, 1500m
– Mark Pearce 8th, Steeplechase

Well done to all our UoB students and alumni, and we look forward to the World Champs at the end of September!


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