Sporting sensation set for 2016 European Athletics Championships

An undergraduate student at our University has been selected for the Great Britain 100 metre hurdling team which is headed to Amsterdam in July for the 2016 European Athletics Championships.

Lucy Hatton, a 3rd year Criminology student and platinum scholar, was named in the Great Britain team on 27 June.

Upon hearing the news of her inclusion, Lucy said: “I'm really shocked to be selected but overwhelmed with happiness. This was my biggest goal this season.

“I want to go there and get into the final. I haven't had the smoothest season to plan, with a lot of change so that's bound to have an effect. I think I'm in a good position though and confident I can race well in big competitions like this. Ultimately for me at this stage it is all experience for me.”

Lucy, who is also the European indoor silver medallist over the 60m hurdles, is no stranger to sporting success, having won gold in the 100m hurdles at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships in Bedford earlier this year – in which she broke the BUCS record, setting 13.27 seconds as the time to chase.

With the 2016 Rio Olympics set to begin on 5 August, the British Athletics team is set to announce its final squad on 11 July – which Lucy hopes to be part of.

When asked about her hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics, Lucy said: “There is still a chance for me to compete at Rio now that I am going to the European Athletics Championships and if I run a good race. I'm very nervous but more excited!”

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