Leeds Beckett athletes light up IAAF World Championships
14 August 2017 - Sean Freer
Leeds Beckett’s inspirational athletes competed heroically throughout the London World Championships.
All four of the university’s competitors gave their all and enjoyed mixed fortunes.
Alumni Laura Weightman got the World Championships off to a great start, finishing 6th in the Women’s 1500m final. Laura blitzed through the competition in her qualifying heats earning her right to compete against the world’s fastest women in the final on Monday 7 August.
Fellow alumni Tom Bosworth looked unstoppable throughout the Men’s 20km Racewalk where he flew into an early lead.
Tom was flying at the front of the pack for the opening 40 minutes of the race but suffered a heart-breaking fate after receiving three red cards from the judges, leading to a disqualification form the race.
It was a disappointing moment for Tom, who had an incredible qualifying campaign, which saw him break the Men’s World Record over a Mile at last month’s Anniversary Games.
Leeds Beckett also had two current students representing Team GB in the Racewalk events at London 2017.
Gemma Bridge and Callum Wilkinson were impressive in their first ever IAAF World Championships appearances.
Gemma fought hard to finish 40th in the Women’s 20km Racewalk, a remarkable achievement considering Gemma has only been competing in Racewalking for just 12 months.
Meanwhile, Junior World Champion Callum Wilkinson tested his mettle against the Senior Men’s Racewalkers, finishing in 41st position.
Congratulations to all on their incredible performances in the World Championships.
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