Staffordshire sprinter Ashleigh Nelson will compete at her third Olympics

Yet another success story for City of Stoke Athletics Club

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Yet another professional athlete from Staffordshire – Ashleigh Nelson – has made the plane for the Tokyo Olympics next month.

Sprinter Ashleigh Nelson of City of Stoke Athletics Club has been selected to run in the 4×100-metre women’s relay for Team GB.

The team will hope to build on their bronze medal finish at Rio 2016.

This will be the third time the 30-year-old has represented her country at the Games.

She was the youngest member of the British athletics team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at 17-years-old, albeit did not compete in any of the rounds.

After devastatingly missing London 2012 due to injury, Nelson competed once again at Rio 2016.

Upon learning the news of her selection, Nelson shared a message with her followers.

“I’m so unbelievably proud to have been selected for my 3RD Olympic Games!” she said.

“Typing this is actually a crazy feeling! I’m heading to Tokyo for the women’s 4x100m relay and what an event it is!

“All glory to God and the amazing support network I have around me, they have been there through it all, this is OUR achievement.”


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Nelson’s healthy medals haul

The Stoke-born athlete, who is the cousin of Cardiff City footballer Curtis Nelson, has a number of career medals under her belt.

Her most prized accolade came at the 2014 European Championships in Switzerland when she helped Great Britain to gold in the 4×100-metre relay.

This came after she had claimed bronze in the 100-metres at the competition.

The month prior, Nelson had earned a bronze medal in the 4×100-metre relay at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

By doing so, she had replicated the feat she achieved at the 2013 Moscow World Championships.

Her best finish at the World Championships came in 2019 when she earned silver in the 4×100-metre relay in Doha, Qatar.

Nelson’s selection means City of Stoke Athletics club have three athletes going to Tokyo.

Long jumper Jazmin Sawyers and triple-jumper Ben Williams both qualified for the Games earlier this week.

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