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Middlesex sprinter wins gold in Olympic Stadium

09/05/2012
Three Middlesex University students were amongst the very first athletes to be awarded medals in the new Olympic Stadium at the British universities athletics championships.

Three Middlesex University students were amongst the very first athletes to be awarded medals in the new Olympic Stadium at the British universities athletics championships.

Sprinters Montell Douglas (26) and Ashleigh Nelson (21) won gold and silver respectively in the women’s 100m final to complete an all Middlesex University first and second.

The BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Outdoor Athletics Championships took place between 4-7 May at the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford – as an official test event for London 2012 in front of 40,000 people.

There was also success for Middlesex athletics captain and Olympic hopeful 110m hurdler Edirin Okoro (23), who won a bronze medal.  He said: “It was really amazing to compete and win a medal at the Olympic Stadium. It was by far the best stadium I’ve competed in, and the track was superb. I hope I’ll be back there in the summer for the Olympics.

“It was a privilege to captain and to lead the Middlesex University team at the Olympic Stadium.”

Edirin, a final year Psychology student, will find out in June if he has qualified to represent Team GB at London 2012 at trials in Birmingham.

There were also good performances from Tremayne Gilliing (men’s 100m) Judah Simpson (men’s 100m) and Abi Holman (women’s triple jump) who all reached the final of their competition.

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