Warner strikes gold again for proud Trent

PODIUM PRIDE --  one of Hucknall's best athletes, 22-year-old Michael Warner (left), on the podium with Nottingham Trent University teammate Christian Byron (Birchfield Harriers) after his gold-medal  success at the British universities athletics championships in Bedford.

PODIUM PRIDE -- one of Hucknall's best athletes, 22-year-old Michael Warner (left), on the podium with Nottingham Trent University teammate Christian Byron (Birchfield Harriers) after his gold-medal success at the British universities athletics championships in Bedford.

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Powerful Hucknall athlete Michael Warner has brought home gold in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) outdoor championships.

Running for Nottingham Trent University, the 22-year-old Warner won the men’s 400m at the championships, which were held in Bedford.

Trent teammate Christian Byron landed the bronze medal in the same event.

It was just the latest triumph for Warner, whose family home is on Stainsborough Road.

He has been a successful runner since his schoolboy days and has progressed through the ranks at senior level, representing Team GB.

In the universities’ championships, he clocked his best time of the season, 46.90 seconds, to take gold and repeat his first place in the indoor equivalent earler this year.

His personal-best time is 46.52 seconds, which he set in Glasgow last summer.

Fellow Trent student Laura Maddox also ran well to finish fourth in the women’s 400m, recording her best time of the year too.

Alex Bailey, elite sport development officer at Trent, said: “The performances by our scholars at the outdoor championships topped our best-ever year for athletics at the university. Michael has been untouchable in the 400m events this year.

“Hopefully, our results will help to cement our place in the top 15 in the overall BUCS table, which would be our highest-ever finish.”

Warner, who is also an effective 100m and 200m sprinter, is currently listed joint sixth in the UK 400m rankings, behind only Nigel Levine, Richard Strachan, Andrew Steele, Michael Bingham and Richard Buck.

One of the leading members of Notts AC, he is ranked 136th in the world. And he has also been in terrific form during this year’s indoor season, even registering a victory at the Indoor Vienna Classic meeting in Austria in January.