A University of Hull student has sprinted to victory at this year’s British University Championships taking the title in the 100m and 200m events.
David Morgan-Harrison claimed victory at the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championship having already raced to victory in the 60m in February.
The weekend involved students from more than 100 universities competing against each other, with David winning the 100m with a time of 10.28 seconds and the 200m with a time of 21.14 seconds.
The physics student, who eventually has his sights on Olympic gold, says he is now gunning for European success.
He said: “My main goal for this year is to win the 100m at the European U23 Championships in Finland and my ultimate goal in the sport is to be the 100m Olympic Gold medallist.
“It was a tough few days as running 6 races in a relatively short space of time is very tiring, both physically and mentally, so I was running on heavy legs by the 200m final.
“It’s nice to see that the hard work that me and my coach, Alex O’Gorman, are putting in is paying off.”
David is part of the Talented Athlete Programme at the University of Hull which helps those at the top of their sport continue to succeed whilst studying at University.
David said: “The Talented Athlete Programme has supported me on my journey over the past three years, providing free access to state-of-the-art gym facilities and funding for training equipment, which has been very beneficial to my progress.”
Tim Purdy, Wellness and Performance Manager at the University, said: “David has really developed as an athlete and person over the last 3 years, using all the support from the talented athlete program to perform within his sport and academically.
The Talented Athlete Programme offers a range of benefits and support packages for recipients, including:
- A tailored financial offer to study at Hull
- Bespoke strength and conditioning
- Physiotherapy and specific movement screening
- Lifestyle and mentoring supported by Team GB
- Access to performance workshops
High-performing athletes are selected each year to be awarded a Talented Athlete Programme scholarship and this is open to all prospective and current students who compete at a regional, national or international level in their sport.
Sporting prowess runs in David’s family, with his brother and Hull graduate, Andy Morgan-Harrison, being a two times British Champion in the 200m sprint event.
To learn more about the Talented Athlete Programme at the University of Hull, read here.