Student to watch pulls out all the stops in middle distance run

Published: 18 May 2010 at 14:51

Anglia Ruskin student has 2012 Olympics in mind as he picks up gold at British Universities and Colleges Outdoor Athletics Championships

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A second year student who is studying Primary Education at Anglia Ruskin is now staking his claim as an ‘athlete to watch’ while adding to his growing reputation at the very highest level of British Athletics.

James Shane, who lives at Basildon, won Gold for his victory in the Men’s 1500m Final at the recent British Universities and Colleges Outdoor Athletics championships at Bedford. He secured a time of 3:50.50 beating Jonathan Taylor 3:50.74 (Teeside University) and James Wilkinson 3:51.64 (University of Birmingham).

Speaking about his performance, Stephen Dupree, Head of Sport, Active Lifestyles & Wellbeing at Anglia Ruskin University said:

"This was a fantastic result for James in this stage of his athletics career. The BUCS championship is one of two opportunities to compete against the very best home grown talent we have in the UK, and to take Gold in the 1500m is a phenomenal achievement."

He added:

"Higher Education is well known for its contribution to future Olympians and Anglia Ruskin is building its reputation for high class sport through its scholarship and bursary scheme which helps to support those who come to us with the talent and aspiration to achieve at the highest level.  We are all hopeful that this impressive result draws attention to his chances to perform at the very highest level in two years time."

James has been variously tipped for success by athletics pundits. He beat the champion from the past two years, in a race that was judged the best actual race of the track meet.

The results of the race have been published in Athletics Weekly (6 May) and footage is available on YouTube (BUCS 1500m race).

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