Emily Diamond

18 June 2014

emily-diamond-rio-medal-university-lakeSport/Event: Athletics; 400m, 4x400m relay
Date and place of Birth: 11 June 1991, Bristol
Coached by: Jared Deacon
Clubs: Bristol & West


Emily has enjoyed a memorable couple of years, capped by winning 4x400m relay medals at both the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and London 2017 World Championships.

The latter saw her anchor the British quartet to second place in front of a jubilant home crowd at the Olympic Stadium, almost 12 months to the day after she had won bronze in Brazil. Emily also raced in the individual 400m at both events, having been crowned as British Champion over the distance in 2016, and won relay gold with GB at the 2016 European Championships.

Emily, who was born and raised in Bristol, first started training at the University of Bath at the age of 16 in long jump – both her mother and grandmother had competed in that discipline, the latter representing GB at the European Championships. Coach Paul Weston noticed her sprinting potential and she moved across to Dan Cossins’ training group, returning there in 2013 after graduating from Loughborough University in Sport & Exercise Science.

She missed the 2015 season through injury and is now coached remotely by Jared Deacon – he is based in Scotland, working for Edinburgh Rugby, while Emily continues to train at the University of Bath. She worked as an administrator in the sports department at Prior Park College in Bath before leaving in 2017 to focus full-time on her athletics career.

She will make her second Commonwealth Games appearance at Gold Coast 2018 having previously raced for Team England at Glasgow 2014.

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