University of Bath athletes set leading times at European Team Championships in Russia

23 June 2015

Danny Talbot and Andy Robertson helped Great Britain’s 4x100m men’s relay team set a new championship record as University of Bath-based athletes impressed at the European Team Championships in Cheboksary, Russia.

Eilidh Child also set a new European Lead time in the women’s 400m hurdles as Great Britain finished fifth overall.

Talbot and Robertson, both coached by Dan Cossins at the Sports Training Village, teamed up with Richard Kilty and James Ellington to win the relay in 38.21 – the fastest time by a GB quartet outside of a major championship in many years.

There was another good performances by Talbot, pictured, in the 200m on Sunday as he won his heat in 20.62, giving him the second-fastest time overall.

Talbot feels he is in good shape for next month’s British Championships in Birmingham, where he will be looking to retain his 200m title and secure selection for the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

“That is the second most important race for me of the year after the World Championships,” said the University of Bath graduate. “I want to go there hopefully, defend that title and just get my place in the team.”

Child was pleased to collect maximum points in the 400m hurdles, running a strong and determined race to claim victory in 54.46.

“I knew it was pretty windy so I wasn’t too bothered about the time,” said Child, who is coached by Malcolm Arnold.

“So I’m delighted to win it and to knock a chunk off my season’s best. Hopefully this can set me up for the next few weeks now.”

Training partner Lawrence Clarke was pleased with his third-placed finish behind two-time European champion Sergey Shubenkov and world number one Pascal Matinot-Lagarde in a very competitive men’s 110m hurdles.

“On paper I was ranked fifth or sixth so I’m very pleased to be third and get the points for Britain,” Clarke added.

Laura Maddox, coached by University of Bath head coach Colin Bovell, had an eventful weekend in Russia.

The 400m specialist was asked to step in at the last minute to replace the injured Asha Philip in the women’s 4x100m relay and ran the last leg, bringing the baton home in 52.07 as GB finished fourth.

Maddox then teamed up with Child, Meghan Beesley and Margaret Adeoye in the more-familiar 4x400m relay the following day, finishing sixth in 3:36.01.

Seb Rodger, coached by James Hillier at the University, was fifth in the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.10 and Jazmin Sawyers – who does some of her training at the Sports Training Village – cleared 6.39m for sixth place in the long jump.

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