Athletes to compete at Olympic Stadium

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Swansea University’s athletics team will have a unique opportunity to compete at the Olympic Stadium at the end of the season.

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The British Universities and Colleges Sport (Bucs) outdoor athletics championships will be held as a test event ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games which start in July.

From May 4-7, 1200 student athletes from around the UK will become the first competitors to to participate at the new stadium before the Games begin.

Up to 30 of Swansea’s best track and field athletes will get the chance to compete for medals at the event.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to compete in the Olympic Stadium,” said athletics captain Tom Bowerman.

With state-of-the-art facilities and a brand new track available to competitors at the Olympic Stadium, Bowerman is confident the event will be beneficial to the athletes.

“It’s an opportunity to get personal best times individually using an amazing facility,” he added.

“From a team perspective, it goes towards Bucs points for the university as a whole.

“It adds up to where we rank in Bucs.

“We will be focusing on the relay teams, 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m this year, with a view to picking up medals in those events.”

With the competition being held over the May bank holiday weekend and open to the public, it is hopeful some cheap tickets could be made available for students.

Bowerman added: “Hopefully some TV and radio coverage would be great exposure for the university.”

But he admitted the event being held in London will see higher expenses for the team.

“It will cost the AU quite a bit,” he said. “Athletes will be paying their own match participation fee to help spread the cost.”

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