Thirteen former and current students from Loughborough have been selected to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the upcoming World Championships in Athletics in Oregon, USA, which will take place from July 15-24 .
Current scholars and training partners Holly Bradshaw and Molly Caudery, both coached by Scott Simpson, will compete in the pole vault, with Olympic bronze medalist Bradshaw hoping to bring home another medal from a major championship.
PhD candidate Jessica Judd, in her final year at the university, will double in Oregon, competing in both the 5,000m and 10,000m after her 2n/a place at the recent British 5000m Championships and his victory at the 10,000m trials earlier this month.
Emily Borthwick, currently on reprieve from her masters in psychology, will compete in the high jump alongside alum Morgan Lake, who returns to the same stadium that was hugely successful for her in 2014, where she won titles world juniors in the high jump and the heptathlon.
They will be joined by multiple BUCS medalist Alex Haydock-Wilson, who earlier this year helped Loughborough set a new BUCS and Loughborough 4x400m record and will compete in the men’s 400m and mixed 4x400m relay at the World Championships. world.
Beth Dobbin (200m and 4x100m), Jessie Knight (400m hurdles and 4x400m), Patrick Dever (10,000m), Joel Clarke-Khan (high jump), Chris Thompson (marathon), Jake Wightman (1500m) and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (4 x 100m).
Alongside the athletes, Loughborough sprints and hurdles manager Nick Dakin will be on hand as team coach alongside former pupil and Olympian Martyn Rooney. Alumna Louise Bloor will travel as the team’s nutritionist, and former Loughborough University postdoctoral researcher Ben Stone will travel as a performance technologist.
Femi Akinsanya, Director of Athletics, said: “We wish our past and present thirteen students from Loughborough the best of luck in competing at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon. It will be a fantastic competition in a magnificent stadium, and we are always proud that Loughborough contributes so strongly to the national teams on the highest stages”.