Record-breaking Cameron Chalmers helps Blue and Gold to eight medals at BUCS Athletics Champs

01 May 2017

Cameron Chalmers smashed a 17-year-old BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championship record as University of Bath students came away from the Bedford International Stadium with eight medals.

Sports Performance student Chalmers, supported by a Thompson Education Trust Scholarship, claimed his fourth successive BUCS 400m title – two indoor, two outdoor – in a rapid time of 45.71.

“I’m so, so happy – I didn’t think I’d run that quick,” said Chalmers, coached by James Hillier. “I thought maybe it would be 46.1 or 46.2 but when I saw the clock it was just ridiculous.

“I’ve been pretty nervous all weekend. I’ve been dying to open [the season] because I’ve been training so well: no niggles and dropping some really fast times in training.”

Training partner Ben Claridge took the bronze medal in 47.23 before teaming up with Chalmers, Sport & Exercise Science student Sandy Wilson and International Management & Modern Languages student James Webster to win men’s 4x400m relay gold in 3:14.70.

Webster, coached by Colin Bovell, was also a bronze-medallist in the 400m hurdles, clocking 53.03.

Olivia Caesar (Sport & Exercise Science), also coached by Bovell, was runner-up in the women’s 400m final in 54.11 and was also a silver-medallist in the 4x400m relay with Rachel Donnison (Natural Sciences), Amy Jaramazovic (Psychology) and Isobel Ives (Civil Engineering).

Caesar completed a hat-trick of medals by teaming up with Rachel Bell (Sport & Exercise Science), Emma Nanson (Sport & Social Sciences) and Donnison to win 4x100m relay bronze.

Ives also claimed 800m bronze in 2:09.27 and there were a host of further top-five finishes and personal bests for the athletes in Blue and Gold as they finished fourth in the overall points standings.

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