BUCS Outdoor Championship
Championship Report 4-7 May 2012
Brunel Have More Bounce than Boris
The surroundings were awe inspiring and the event by far the grandest in the history of British student athletics. The BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships bore the honour of being the test event for the track and field programme of the London 2012 Olympiad. There was extraordinary demand for places which led BUCS to severely limit the number of student entries in most events. The Brunel athletes rose to the enormity of the occasion with a medal haul that comprised three gold and six bronze. The team finished fourth overall onpointsand second-equal in the medals table.
Cold temperatures and driving rain did not take any bounce out of the legs of Brunel’s triple jumpers. Sport Scholar Kola Adedoyin claimed gold in the men’s event and was closely followed in third by his friend and teammate Michael Paplampu. Adedoyin achieved a winning distance of 15.42 metres, which bested Paplampu’s effort by 13 centimetres, and said afterwards “Michael is a great competitor and I knew that I would need to produce a big jump to get the better of him.” In the women’s triple jump, PGCert Primary student Shakira Whight emulated her success at the BUCS Indoor Championships to win gold with 12.84 metres and commented “The 40,000 spectators made it a truly unforgettable experience.” The Sport Scholar was joined on the medal rostrum by Law student and erstwhile catwalk model Zara Asante who cleared 12.39 metres.
Former women’s captain Stephanie Gaynor claimed her third BUCS gold in the sprint hurdles with a rapid 13.73 secs. The Lloyd Cowan-coached athlete defended the title she won in 2011 and added to the indoor BUCS title she took over 60 metres back in February. Gaynor was joined on the podium by Linford Christie’s protégé, Nicola Hill, who took bronze and was delighted to post a new lifetime best of 14.05 secs.
The men’s 100 metres saw an imperious performance by Mathematics student André Wright in which he clinched a bronze and recorded a personal best of 10.51 secs. The Harry King-coached athlete was joined by Joshua Abladey, Dannish Walker-Khan and Junior Ejehu for the 4 x 100-metre relay in which Brunel won gold and eclipsed the championship best performance with a time of 40.28 secs. The victorious sprinters were lauded by the stadium announcers as they rolled about in the puddles of the Olympic track to celebrate. Psychology student Jermaine Olason soared out to 7.23 metres to win a bronze in the long jump. The women’s 4 x 100-metre relay quartet of Gaynor, Elise Walker, Gemma Malster and Leah Moore added a further bronze to Brunel’s medal collection.