World Student Games – Shenzhen, China
Bristol & West AC were honoured at the selection of two of their athletes for the World Student Games held in Shenzhen, China last week. We are pleased to report that both achieved a high level of success by making it to the finals of their events in this prestigious Student Championships.
David BISHOP has spent the last few years competing on the College scene in the USA where he has been a student at New Mexico University. This year his performances have been formidable with a 1:50.38 clocking for 800 metres and a 3:41.12 to his name for 1,500 metres and on his return to the UK he has joined up with James Thie’s middle distance group in Cardiff for his training.
David ran 3:49.40 in his heat to cruise through to the finals in second place. In the finals he set off well and was well placed at the bell but lacked sufficient speed to cope with the opposition on the run in and had to settle for a highly creditable seventh place with a 3:49.61 clocking.
Emily DIAMOND is a student at Loughborough University and up until recently has had a wretched season after incurring a leg injury running indoors at Birmingham in February. Emily clocked a PB of 23.41 (-0.2) in Genava (Switz) in her only 200 metres of the early year in May and then after running 100 metres in the European Under-23 Championships she re-emerged with a sixth place in the Aviva UK Championships which proved her fitness level. Emily subsequently received a late selection call to go to China and so set out to make the best of her opportunity.
Emily opened up in the 200 metres last Thursday (18th August 2011) with a robust 23.90 (+1.5) clocking to win her heat. In the semi-final she clocked a similar time of 23.82 (+0.7) to take fourth place and running from the dreaded lane 1 she upped her pace to finish eighth with her second best time of the season 23.58 (+0.7). Great running Emily but what a shame the season is now virtually over just as you are getting back to form and fitness. Here’s to a great indoor season ahead and the chance of glory by making the Olympics in a year’s time??
Stop press – Emily struck bronze in the 4x400m Relay. In a GB Team comprising specialists at 800 metres; 400 metres; 400 metre hurdles and 200 metres (Emily) GB succeeded in taking third place in the 4x400m relay to finish with a time of 3:33.09. That means an average time of 53.25 for each runner so we await the actual time for Emily with interest? The grapevine says 51.67 which if true would be a really remarkable run. How fortunate to be at a major champs, be invited to run a 400 metre relay leg and then realize that you have truly remarkable talent at the distance. Wow.
Mike Strange – August 21 2011