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09 August 2021

King's alumnae bring home medals to round-off the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Four King’s alumni competed in the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games this summer.

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King’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner 2021 and the fastest British woman in history, Dina Asher-Smith (History, 2017) and alumna Imani-Lara Lansiquot (Psychology, 2020) won Bronze in the Women’s 4x100m relay for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, having already helped to set a new British record time of 41.55 seconds in the qualifying heats.

The two alumnae were joined by Asha Phillip and Olympic 100m finalist Daryll Neita as they came home in third position to claim a Bronze, mirroring the Women’s 4x100m relay team’s achievements at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

It marked a successful end to a contrasting games for Dina Asher-Smith who had previously revealed she had torn her hamstring just weeks before, and subsequently pulled out of the 200m after failing to reach the 100m final.

Other King’s alumni were also involved in the games, including Laviai Nielsen (Geography, 2018) who ran as part of the Women’s 4x400m relay team in the heats, qualifying GB&NI automatically for the final – Laviai was not part of the team who later finished fifth in the Olympic final.

Antonio Infantino (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, 2012) represented Italy in the 200m for his first appearance at the Olympic Games, finishing fifth in the heats.

Our congratulations to all our King’s alumni represented at the Olympic games and we look forward to seeing more King’s students and alumni at future events.

A number of alumni have benefitted from the King’s Sport Performance Programme – which provides elite student-athletes with a support network to help them perform to the highest level possible in their dual-career. You can find out more about the programme here.