City and Islington Student wins Olympic Medal

19 August 2016 City and Islington Student Desiree Henry wins Olympic Medal

Former City and Islington College student Desiree Henry alongside teammates Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita Credit: Getty

Former City and Islington College student Desiree Henry alongside teammates Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita have won the first Olympic 4x100 metres medal for Great Britain's women in 32 years, breaking the national record en route to bronze. 

Desiree was a model student throughout her time at City and Islington College between 2011-13, and consistently achieved distinction grades. She did all this while training at elite level in athletics which the College supported her with throughout.

"After lighting the flame at London 2012, Rio was the target for me and this is the fairytale ending.”

Desiree, a former 200m World youth champion, had been one of the rising stars chosen to help light the Olympic flame in London four years ago and has developed into one of Britain’s leading sprinters since then.

Henry’s progress led to her being selected in the team for Rio and she ran the second leg in the finato come third in a new national record of 41.77seconds. 

She said:  “At times we did feel people had given up on us, but as individuals we know how far British women’s sprinting is coming.

“Each year we have got better and better. We are becoming consistent and winning medals. We have belief in ourselves and our teams has belief in us, and that is all we need.

“We don’t need any negativity. We have trust and faith in each other and we are so close. We got on so well and I am so happy for all these girls. After lighting the flame at London 2012, Rio was the target for me and this is the fairytale ending.”

You can watch footage of the event here

 

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