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Lawrence Clarke (BA 2011) is tipped for place at the 2012 London Olympics.

18 August 2011

Bristol University graduate Lawrence Clarke (BA Theology and Religious Studies, 2011) is tipped for a place in the 110m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics.

The local Bristol radio station Jack FM interviewed recent Bristol University graduate Lawrence Clarke (BA Theology and Religious Studies, 2011), who is tipped for a place at the 2012 London Olympics.

Having already achieved the qualifying time for the men's 110m hurdles, Lawrence is hopeful of securing a place in Team GB for London 2012. Last year he won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, and in 2009 he broke Colin Jackson's long-standing junior British record for the event. He has been selected for the World Student Games in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, and he's also competing for a place in the World Athletics Championships just a few weeks later.

Lawrence, who is fresh from being the team captain at the European Under-23 Championships, said: "Although I've already run the qualifying time, the final squad isn't being chosen until 1 July next year and only the top two are guaranteed a place, so I have to really keep pushing."

"Being part of the High Performance Squad of athletes at Bristol University has been brilliant. Not only do we get advice on things like physiology and sports nutrition, but they advise us on managing our routine and finding time to do our work."

"I was really pleased and chuffed to bits to get a 2:1 because it was hard balancing studying with training, which was often five or six days a week for up to five hours each time."

Lawrence is also a University of Bristol Lloyd Robinson Scholar, receiving external funding and support to help him pursue his athletics career. He is one of a handful of elite athletes supported by the University who are aiming to compete in London 2012.

Gordon Trevett, Sports Performance Manager, said: "Lawrence is second or third in Britain for the 110m hurdles at the moment and stands a great chance of being selected for the Olympics. He's one of our top prospects and it's great to see him graduate today with such a bright future ahead of him."