A former St Albans pupil has set a new British record after competing in the finals of the steeplechase at the Tokyo games.
Lizzie Bird, who attended St Albans School, competed in the finals of the women’s 3,000m steeplechase making her the first British woman to compete in that event.
This was not the only historic moment as Lizzie went on to finish ninth in the final with a time of 9:19.68 breaking the British record and finishing ninth.
Lizzie took to Twitter after the victory to share her delight at finishing ninth in her first Olympic final.
Prior to the games Lizzie called her qualification for the games her greatest achievement.
She said: “When I realised I had run the qualification standard for Tokyo, it was a combination of excitement and disbelief, and backing that up with the win – and with it automatic qualification – at the British Championships has left me full of confidence.”
“The advice and coaching of staff members, and George Harrison MBE in particular, as well as the support the School provided me through its athletics programme, have played a huge part in my success.”