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St. Mary’s University sprinters take next steps to turning pro

Two St. Mary’s University sprinters were in impressive form at the recent Varsity athletics match between St. Mary’s and Brunel University, winning the men’s 100m and 200m respectively.

Earlier this year, Shemar Boldizsar was crowned 200m indoor champion in a time of 21.36 seconds at the British Universities & Colleges Sport Indoor Athletics Championships [BUCS] in Sheffield as fellow St Mary’s student Kean0-Elliott Paris-Samuel came sixth.

The second and third place athletes in that BUCS race, Luke Dorrell and Marvin Popoola both represented Brunel University at BUCS but were not at the Sir Mo Farah athletics track to put pressure on Boldizsar as he eased to victory in a hand-timed 22.6 seconds.

Paris-Samuel, who is coached by the British 100m record holder, Linford Christie, also looked strong as he ran 10.9 seconds in the 100m while still wearing his tracksuit bottoms.

There should be much more to come from the two athletes as both the weather and the competition heats up in the under-20 sprints.

They will be battling it out for places on the plane to Finland for the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships as they take their next strides to becoming professional.

Tomas Meehan
Tomas has a passion for track and field but takes an interest in doing interviews and writing articles on a wide range of sports including bobsleigh, Muay Thai boxing, boxing, horse racing, rugby, football and Ultimate Frisbee. As well as writing, he has a YouTube channel featuring interviews from high-profile track and field athletes. Prior to embarking on his Sports Journalism degree at St. Mary's University, Twickenham, he obtained an MA in Spanish from the University of Edinburgh.
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