Emily Diamond

emily-diamond-rio-medal-university-lakeSport: Atletics.
Event: 400m, 4x400m relay.
Date and place of Birth: 11 June 1991, Bristol
Coached by: Benke Blomqvist
Clubs: Bristol & West

Emily has been a regular on the international podium in recent years, most notably 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.

After missing the 2015 season through injury, Emily returned to training at the University of Bath where she was coached remotely by Jared Deacon, who was based in Scotland. She also 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 made her second Commonwealth Games appearance at Gold Coast 2018, having previously raced for Team England at Glasgow 2014, and was also in the British 4x400m relay squad that won bronze at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin.

Emily is currently coached by Benke Blomqvist, splitting her time between the University of Bath and Loughborough.

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