Surrey Graduate Adeoye helps GB to team victory in Glasgow
01 February 2012
Former University of Surrey student Margaret Adeoye helped the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team enjoy a successful 2012 send-off from the Aviva Indoor International in Glasgow after a impressive 200m win in her first ever race in a GB vest.
Adeoye provided one of the shocks of the match at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, winning her 200m race in a big indoor personal best (PB) of 23.86.
It was a fantastic performance from Adeoye, who previously had by far the slowest indoor PB of all the women in the 200m race. Not only that, but she also had lane two in an event that was taken off the indoor championship schedule for the very reason of it being near-impossible to win from an inside lane.
Trained by former GB and world champion sprinter Linford Chrisite, the win ensured Adeoye laid down a clear marker for the crucial year ahead, and she now hopes to take confidence from the win for the upcoming outdoor season. She said, “Charles van Commenee had a quick talk with me before and said “Go out there and have fun” and I was really nervous before the start.
“My coach has been telling me that I’m in good shape and that I would surprise myself so I took that with me on the line. If he is believing in me like that, then I should take confidence from it. The main aim is the outdoor season but this is such a good way to start the year!”
Adeoye, a Business Management Surrey graduate, was part of the Surrey Sports Park High Performance Athlete Support Sheme during her time at the university, which alongside its new scholarship programme, is designed to support students’ training commitments and help fulfil elite athletes’ potential during studies.
As part of Team Surrey, Margaret won two gold medals in the 2010 Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Outdoor Athletics Championships, winning the 100m and 200m finals.