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Dickons strikes British gold at Student Games

Dickons strikes British gold at Student Games
By Eurosport

20/08/2011 at 17:15Updated 20/08/2011 at 17:16

Jess Dickons struck Britain's first gold at the World Student Games when she stormed to 200m butterfly gold in Shenzhen.

Dickons, who combines her studies with training at the University of Bath, came home in 2:08.91, just edging out Japans Natsumi Hoshi by three-hundredths of a second.

The 21-year-old sports performance student failed to make Great Britain's team for the recent World Championships in Shanghai and faces a tough Olympic challenge - with domestic rivals Ellen Gandy, the eventual silver medallist at the event, and Jemma Lowe, seventh in the final.

"I knew it was going to be a really quick race and I knew there were some fast swimmers in there, said Dickons, who finished sixth in the 100m butterfly final on Wednesday.

"I didn't think Id be winning a gold medal. I was absolutely stunned when I looked up at the scoreboard, but I'm really happy and I did a pretty quick time.

"I'm so proud to win gold for my country and for my university."

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