On the road to Rio: Next Steps

Congratulations to Katherine Grainger (Law, 2012), and current History student and King’s Sport Performance Athlete, Dina Asher-Smith, on their fantastic achievement in qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Katherine is seeking to add to her three silver medals and her gold from London 2012. For Katherine and her skulls’ partner Vicky Thornley, this is reward for a long and challenging qualifying campaign having missed out on a podium place in the European Championships earlier this year. Congratulations to Katherine and good luck in her fifth Olympics as she equals Sir Steve Redgrave’s record.

Heading for her first Olympics
On the track, Britain’s fastest woman Dina Asher-Smith raced into the Rio squad with a winning time of 23.11 seconds in the 200m at the British Championships. Dina is working hard to balance her History degree studies with training, and we wish her all the best in her first Olympics.

Looking to the future Other Olympic hopefuls who narrowly missed out on qualification include King’s Sport Performance Athletes Laviai Nielsen, in the 400m, and Shona Richards in the 400m hurdles. While it wasn’t to be on this occasion, we want to congratulate both Laviai and Shona on their fantastic effort and look forward to seeing them on the Olympic stage in the future. We would also like to commend the valiant efforts of Paralympic track and road cyclist Liz Saul (Global Development, 2012), who was unlucky to miss out on the squad for Rio, facing stiff competition from some very experienced cyclists.

Whatever the outcome, the entire King’s community is behind our Olympic hopefuls and will be ready to cheer them on next month.