August 09, 2021 | University Partners

Leeds Beckett University Talent Hub Athlete Breaks British Record in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Leeds Beckett University Talent Hub athlete Lizzie Bird has broken her own British record during the 3000m steeplechase Olympic final.

Lizzie registered a new record time of 09:19.68 to finish ninth in the Tokyo final, beating her previous record of 9:22.80 set in the Diamond League event in July 2021.

As a member of the Leeds Beckett University Talent Hub, Lizzie receives support from the Talent Hub’s coaching team, as well as academics from the Carnegie School of Sport. The Hub’s main aim is to provide its athletes a high-quality performance development environment.

Lizzie is one of four members from the Talent Hub to be included in Team GB’s squad, which includes 800m silver medalist and LBU student Keely Hodgkinson, 800m finalist and LBU graduate Alex Bell, and LBU graduate racewalker Tom Bosworth.

Leeds Beckett University Athletics Head Coach, Andrew Henderson said:

“Lizzie’s performance has been another great success for our Talent Hub athletes,

“To break the British record twice in the space of a month is fantastic for Lizzie, and to do it in an Olympics final is an incredible achievement and we are proud of her performance.”