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Athletics success for Bianca

Thursday 21 August 2014

Over the summer, former Richmond upon Thames College student Bianca Williams shot to athletics stardom by taking two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Bianca, who studied a BTEC level 3 diploma in sport at the college between 2010-12, claimed her first medal in the women's 200m with a personal best time of 22.58. She followed this up with another bronze in the women's 4x100m, running a strong second leg for the English quartet.

Speaking to BBC Sport after finishing third in the 200m final, Bianca said that she was "gobsmacked" with her performance - especially as it was her first ever major senior championship – adding that she was "so proud of herself" for taking home a medal.

Only two weeks later, Bianca also competed for Great Britain at the European Championships in Zurich, making the 200m final and finishing an impressive fourth. "It's been an amazing year for me," she said. "Two bronzes at the Commonwealth Games and coming fourth here, I can't believe it."

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After her incredible summer success, British sprint legend John Regis hailed 2014 as the year Bianca "stepped up in becoming a true Championship athlete."

Also at the European Championships, former RuTC Foundation Degree Sport student Andy Vernon powered home to take silver behind Mo Farah in the men's 10,000m and bronze in the 5000m.

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