ATHLETICS: Students throw at Olympic stadium

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Fourth places in British Universities Championships

Rugby & Northampton Athlete Craig Murch competed for Loughborough University in the men’s hammer competition at the British Universities and Colleges Athletic Championships at the weekend which were held in the Olympic Stadium as a trial event.

Competing against 25 other throwers on Friday evening, Craig successfully qualified for the final 12 with a throw of 55.06 m .

In the Saturday final he finished in 4th place, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal in the final round, despite throwing a new personal best of 57.09m which also extended his club record. Craig described his ‘Olympic’ experience as awesome and felt honoured to have thrown in such a great stadium.

Sam Cullinane a javelin thrower from Braunston finished fourth out of 30 girls, and was two centimetres short of a lifetime best throw of 45.55 in the final.

Sam said: “I am delighted with my performance because I have been injured for over a year and only missed out on the bronze medal by a metre.

“Walking out the tunnel in the olympic stadium in front of thousands of spectators was something else.

“I have worked hard to get back into great shape and my coach Mick Hill said that once I get my timing back it wont be long before I break the 50m barrier.”