of Nottingham student and international high jumper Isobel Pooley
won gold at the British Athletic Championships held in Birmingham on Saturday.
The third year Animal Science student beat off strong competition from Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake, who finished second and third respectively, to claim the British title with a jump of 1.90m — just shy of her own personal best of 1.91m.
With silver medallist Johnson-Thompson dropping out of the competition at 1.86m and having cleared every height at the first attempt, a confident Isobel looked improve her own PB. Seeking the opportunity to represent Team GB at the European Championships in Zurich this August and with the British title secured, she made three attempts at the 1.93m qualification standard.
failing to clear the height, Isobel remains upbeat and meeting the Team GB
selection standard in the coming weeks remains a target. The 22-year-old’s
latest performance follows her recent selection for Team England at the
upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she again has hopes of taking home
said “After a shaky display at the European Team Championships I knew I would
need a strong performance. I’m absolutely delighted to be crowned British
Champion and I’m thrilled with this latest positive step in my 2014 journey but
I’m keeping my sights firmly set on Glasgow.”
her studies, Isobel has benefited from the support of the University’s sports
— a scheme established to help elite student athletes balance their athletic
and academic careers.
Director of Sport (Performance) at the University, Alex Perry said: “We’d like
to congratulate Isobel on her superb achievement this weekend. It is testimony
to her dedication and commitment to the sport and I believe it will give her
every confidence as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Isobel
is one of a number of athletes from The University of
Nottingham competing in the Commonwealth Games who benefit from the Sports
Bursary Scheme and we aim to ensure that more athletes will follow in their
well as financial support, recipients of the sports bursary receive access to
specialist training facilities, physiotherapy and nutritional advice as well as
a personal mentor.
said: “Any sort of support or funding has gone far deeper
than money — it’s been a vote of confidence and that very human thing of
someone saying ‘We have belief in you. You’re going somewhere and we want to go
will be competing at both the Cork City Sports
International Athletics Meet and Glasgow Grand Prix where 1.93m
remains a target prior to the Commonwealth Games at the end of July.
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