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Thirteen Loughborough College students, past and present, have been selected to fly the flag for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.


Among our amazing delegation is 19-year-old 800m sensation Keely Hodgkinson who produced one of the standout performances at the Müller British Athletics Championships to book her place on the plane to Tokyo.


The European Indoor champ will be joined by a fellow 800m medal prospect and College alumna, Jemma Reekie who is a former European age group medallist and Diamond League winner.


Another one to watch is men’s 800m runner Oliver Dustin who has the third fastest time this year while both 4x100m relay teams are strong and in with a chance of a medal.


The Tokyo games are due to run from 23rd July to 8th August and will feature a record 33 competitions and 339 events held across 42 competition venues. More than 11,000 athletes from around the world are due to compete.


Matt O’Dowd, Loughborough College’s Head of Elite Sport, competed in the marathon for Team GB in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He said: “We are so proud of our students, past and present, who have made the Olympic team for Tokyo.


“Having competed myself, I know the buzz of being part of the Team GB setup and the anticipation of performing on the world’s biggest athletics stage. I’m so pleased for them.


“We cannot wait to see our fantastic students and alumi in action and we’re excited to see how they perform against the best of the best. We wish every single one of them the very best of luck.”


The team announcement was made by British Athletics this week as Loughborough College also launched a brand new Athletics Academy, which aims to recruit talented young people, support their physical and academic development and support them to compete on the biggest stage possible.


The full list of College students and alumni in the Team GB squad is:


  • Daryll Neita – women’s 100m & 4x100m relay
  • Ama Pipi – women’s 400m & 4x400m relay
  • Keely Hodgkinson – women’s 800m
  • Jemma Reekie – women’s 800m
  • Aimee Pratt – 3,000m steeplechase
  • Jessica Turner – 400m hurdles & 4x400m relay
  • Reece Prescod – men’s 100m & men’s 4x100m relay
  • Oliver Dustin – men’s 800m
  • Jake Heyward – men’s 1,500m
  • Tom Gale – men’s high jump
  • Taylor Campbell – men’s hammer
  • Richard Kilty – men’s 4x100m relay
  • Matthew Hudson-Smith – men’s 4x400m relay


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