University of Bath sporting scholar Cameron Chalmers enjoyed his “best moment in sport so far” when he anchored the Great Britain men’s 4x400m relay team to gold at the European U23 Athletics Championships in Poland.
The Sport Performance student, supported by a Thompson Education Trust Scholarship, held off a challenge from the host nation’s quartet to secure victory in the last event of the championships in Bydgoszcz.
Chalmers, who captained the British team, said: “We’re delighted with that and to be European U23 champions is brilliant for the lads in the team and the whole team, really.
“I had a look on the screen on the back straight and Poland were right there so I was determined to kick a little and not give them any hope. When I turned into the home straight there was no way they were getting beyond us.”
European Champions 🇬🇧🥇 So happy, best moment in Sport so far for me (45.12) Amazing from all the boys 🤙🏼🔥 pic.twitter.com/rlFzdhSfmY
— Cameron Chalmers (@CamChalmers400) July 16, 2017
He also narrowly missed out on a medal in the 400m, finishing fourth in 46.29.
Chalmers is now turning his attention to next month’s London 2017 IAAF World Championships, where he has been selected for the men’s 4x400m relay squad.
Sport & Social Sciences student Jenny Nesbitt marked her GB track and field debut by finishing a fine sixth in the women’s 10,000m in 33:50.37.
Today meant a lot to me. It’s been such a tough 12 months, and I honesty didn’t think I’d get this opportunity to represent my country. Although I’m disappointed with the position, I am also so proud that I stood on that start line wearing the colours of my country. There is no bigger honour in this sport 🇬🇧 A massive thank you to all the support today, over the last year and ever since i first stood on the track. Next stop –> Taipei 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️ ▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️ #run #running #europeanu23championships #bydgoszcz #competition #greatbritian #britishathletics #athletics #athlete #racing
The Trendell Sporting Scholar will be back on the international stage in August when she represents GB at the World University Games in Taipei.
Sport & Social Sciences graduate Jacob Paul will also be in Taipei and feels like he is improving all the time after finishing fifth in the men’s 400m hurdles at the European U23s.
“I’m not too disappointed with that,” said Paul, who was also supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship during his time at the University of Bath.
“I would love to be in the medals but I felt I ran a good race and the guys were just quicker on the day. There is a lot I can take away from here – the honour of representing GB at a championships and the fact I ran under 50 seconds two days in a row.
“I spent four years working to get under 50 seconds and now that’s five times this year, so the consistency is starting to come and I can push on from there.”
Thank you to British Athletics/Deca Text & Bild for the picture of Cameron Chalmers and the GB winning 4x400m relay quartet with their gold medals.