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Law Student on road to Rio, following silver at European Athletics Championships

A delighted Jazmin Sawyers celebrates her European silver medal The Sentinel

Press release issued: 12 July 2016

Law student Jazmin Sawyers secured a silver medal for long jump at last week's European Athletics Championship - and a place on Team GB for the Rio Olympics.

The Law School wishes to congratulate long jumper Jazmin Sawyers, who smashed her personal best to win a silver medal at the European Athletics Championships last week. The 22-year-old law student leapt 6.86m to finish second behind Ivana Spanovic of Serbia (6.94m).

The jump in Amsterdam beat her previous best of 6.75m, set at the British championships in Birmingham last month. That event doubled as the Olympic trials and earned the University of Bristol law student a spot in Team GB for Rio.

"I'm so happy – it's going well – my first European senior champs and a silver medal! I couldn't be happier with that ... I'm really proud with that performance."

Last month Sawyers, a member of the University's High Performance Sports Squad, graduated with a 2:1 in Law.

Professor Joanne Conaghan, Head of School, commented on Jazmin's success:

"We are very proud of Jazmin; she has done an admirable job of balancing sporting success with academic excellence. We look forward to watching her compete at Rio."

Source: The Sentinel

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