Middlesex University student Montell Douglas struck gold in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
She won her first major medal by helping the England team finish first in the 4x100-metre relay final with a time of 44.19 seconds, ahead of Ghana and India.
Montell is a psychology student at Middlesex and was awarded one of the university’s Future Gold scholarships, recognising her potential as an elite sprinter.
The 24-year-old ran the longer back straight, striding past the Jamaicans - the reigning champions.
“I'm so happy,” Montell told the BBC. “This is the best feeling in the world. This makes my 2010. I just want to thank everyone who helped me to get there."
Montell is studying to become a clinical psychologist at Middlesex. She was allowed to defer her course for a year because of a serious knee injury, which required an operation and rehabilitation.
Linda Duffy, the Director of Programmes for Psychology, said Middlesex gave Montell the flexibility to take some time out from her studies as it was difficult for her to train, work and recover from the injury.
“We’re very pleased; it’s a great achievement. This is a great confidence booster for her main goal, which is the Olympics in London. We are all proud of her at the University,” added Linda.
The option of flexible learning is one of the reasons why Middlesex is attracting elite athletes to study at the university. Find more about current sport scholarships.