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University of East London sprinter Adeokun landed bronze at BUCS Nationals

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 February 2018

Mobolaji Adeokun (right) with her bronze medal (Pic: Sportsbeat)

Mobolaji Adeokun (right) with her bronze medal (Pic: Sportsbeat)

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Not even a stress fracture in her foot could stop Stratford sprinter Mobolaji Adeokun celebrating a BUCS Nationals to remember after scooping a bronze medal in Sheffield.

The University of East London student was more than a doubt for the competition but shrugged off the pain to finish third in the women’s 60m hurdles, stopping the clock in 8.43 seconds.

It wasn’t enough to topple Emma Nwofor but just taking to the start line was an achievement in itself for Adeokun, one of more than 6,000 athletes that descended on Sheffield for three days of action-packed events.

“To get a bronze medal is a pretty good result for where I currently am,” she said.

“I’m actually injured right now, so this was all a race of faith for me and I’m really thrilled to have been able to place for my university.

“I was here last year as well and got injured there too, I wasn’t even able to compete in the final events which was really disappointing.

“Last year I had a back injury, it happened in the heats when I hit a hurdle incorrectly, I had to pull out of the final and that was really disappointing – I’d arrived really excited for the competition and wanting to do well, it was a big part of my experience studying abroad.

“But I was here this time, even though I’ve got a stress fracture in my right foot.

“I’m doing a bit of hobbling around but I’ll get through it.”

This year saw BUCS Nationals return for its sixth year, bringing together individual BUCS Championship events which take place across Sheffield.

More than 500 officials and volunteers made the sport happen from February 16-18, with this the largest annual multi-sport event in the UK.

For Adeokun, in the UK while studying abroad having grown up in the United States, being part of the competition has already provided her with plenty of highlights.

BUCS Nationals is only the beginning of her hefty ambitions however, keen to transfer the form shown to the outdoor track – so long as she can stay injury free.

“The fracture is bothersome in the beginning of the warm-up, but as the running goes on the pain subsides,” added the 24-year-old.

“That’s not a good thing because when I’m done sprinting the pain comes back really sharply, but I’ve got an MRI scan coming up so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with it.

“I’ve got a long outdoor season which is important to me so I don’t want to be keep hurting it, my aim is not about medals, it’s always to keep getting faster so if I can beat my PB or have a clean, fast race, then I’ll be happy.

“It’s been the best year of my life studying abroad, I’ve loved all the experiences and BUCS Nationals has been part of that – though it seems I’m a bit injury prone.”

BUCS Nationals powered by Muhdo is the largest annual multi-sport event in the UK, bringing the best of Britain’s university athletes together to compete across eight different sports in Sheffield.

More info at bucs.org.uk and via #BUCSNationals.

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