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Brunelians score medal bonanza at BUCS

Emma Nwofor with a gold medal and PB of 8.27 secs in the 60-metre hurdles at the British Universities Indoor Championships 2018.

Congratulations to our Team Brunel athletes, who brought back four gold, four silver and four bronze medals as well as a host of personal best performances from the weekend’s British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) indoor national athletics championships in Sheffield.

Our men's team finished second and our women's team came third, which combined saw Brunel place as runners-up to arch-rivals Loughborough. Women's Captain and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences student, Emma Nwofor finished her final BUCS Indoor Championship on a high, with two golds in the 60-metre hurdles and high jump and a bronze in the long jump. Reflecting on her weekend’s work Nwofor said:

I’ve had a stellar indoor season with my new coaches, Linford Christie, Frank Attoh and Lee Grint. As well as my first GB multi-events international, I was absolutely delighted to win three medals at what will be my last BUCS Indoor Championships.

Sport Scholar and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences student, Lily Beckford also brought home a gold in the 400 metres, both Lily and Emma are coached by Olympic 100-metre champion Linford Christie.

Leading the men’s team was final-year Physiotherapy student and Sports Scholar, Kai Jones who took his second gold from the Indoor Championships for the shot put. Sprinters Luke Dorrell and Marvin Popoola took silver and bronze, respectively in the 200 metres. Silver medals for James Downing in the 800 metres, Ozaze Aghedo in the triple jump and Joseph Lister for pole vault.

Commonwealth Games-bound Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Amar-Mazigh Aichoun added to his burgeoning collection of BUCS medals with a bronze in the 60-metre dash, while Physiotherapy student James McMurray snatched a further bronze in the 3000 metres.  

The team will now return to a heavy period of training in preparation for the BUCS Outdoor Championships, which will be hosted by the Bedford International Stadium over the weekend of 5-7 May, 2018. 

Brunel 2018 BUCS Indoor Championships full results





   ‘A’ String  ‘B’ String  ‘A’ String ‘B’ String 
 60m Luke Dorrell
5th 6.83 PB
 Marvin Popoola
4th 6.82  
 Modupe Shokunbi
4th 7.64 (7.57 PB SF)
Parris Johnson
7.89 SF (7.82 PB Ht)
 60m Ambulatory Ryan Raghoo
4th 8.68 Raza 702
 Amar-Mazigh Aichoun
3rd 7.85 Raza 801
 200m Luke Dorrell
2nd 21.40 PB
Marvin Popoola
3rd 21.52 PB
Izzy Bryant
DQ SF (25.19 PB Ht)
Darcey Kuypers
25.54 SF

Max Schopp

49.66 PB SF

Tom Chandler

51.31 SF (50.71 PB Ht)

Lily Beckford

1st 54.65

Sian Wyn-Jones

62.52 PB Ht


James Downing

2nd 1:52.00

Alexander Lazutin

2:06.73 (Ht)

Amber Wallace

2:20.16 Ht

Sam Metcalf

4:10.26 PB Ht

Amber Wallace

4:55.62 PB Ht

James McMurray

3rd 8:19.59 PB
 60m Hurdles  

Reece Young

6th 8.28 (8.13 Ht)

Harry Hillman

8.54 Ht  

Emma Nwofor

1st 8.27

Finlay Marriott

9.01 Ht
 Shot Put  

Kai Jones

1st 15.73

Daniel Ryan

11.90 Q

Sarah Melbourne

10th 11.32 PB
 Long Jump  

Daniel Ryan  

6.17 Q

Gam Dumbutshena

9th 6.60 (6.81Q) 

Emma Nwofor

3rd 5.92 PB

Sarah Connolly

8th 5.60
Long Jump Ambulatory  

Ryan Raghoo

4th 4.17 Raza 282


 Triple Jump  

Osaze Aghedo

2nd 15.08 PB

Alex Williams-Baffoe

14.57 Q 

Sarah Melbourne

10.80 Q

Janet Browne

11.73 PB Q
 High Jump  

Jake Storey

10th 1.90

Mityrae Brooks

5th 2.00 PB

Sarah Connolly

9th 1.65 PB

Emma Nwofor

1st 1.75
 Pole Vault  

Joseph Lister

2nd 4.80 (5.05 =PB Q)

Tom Chandler 

7th 4.40 PB

Jess Robinson

 4 x 200m      

Parris /Kuypers /Shokunbi /Bryant

Ht 1:41.42 (24.3/26.5/25.6/25.1)

Final DQ Johnson /Beckford /Bryant /Nwofor

Medal Tally

Gold: 4

Silver: 4

Bronze: 3