Scholar Aleeya Sibbons secures relay gold for GB & NI in new record time at European Athletics U23 Championships

17 July 2023

University of Bath sporting scholar Aleeya Sibbons anchored Great Britain & Northern Ireland to women’s 4x100m relay gold at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Espoo, Finland.

The Architecture student, who is supported by a Santander Scholarship and coached by Colin Bovell in the University’s high-performance athletics squad, took the baton in the lead and finished with a flourish as GB claimed the continental title in a new Championship record of 43.04.

The quartet of Cassie-Ann Pemberton, Amy Hunt, Alyson Bell and Sibbons had earlier won their heat in a then European U23 leading time of 43.66.


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Sibbons also narrowly missed out on a place in the individual 100m final after clocking 11.42 for fifth place in her semi-final.

Meanwhile, Economics student Abi Galpin won four medals while representing the host nation in the Guernsey 2023 Island Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games sprinter clocked 24.02 to win 200m gold and was in the victorious 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads for Guernsey. Galpin was only denied a clean sweep of gold medals after being pipped into second place in the 100m by just three-hundredths of a second in 11.89.

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