Swimmer Aimee Willmott has become the second University of East London (UEL) student to qualify for this summer’s Rio Olympics .

The 23-year-old, who made her Team GB debut at London 2012, has been named as part of the 26-strong swimming squad going to this year’s Games.

She joins fellow UEL student Lawrence Okolie, who booked his place in Rio by winning his heavyweight boxing division at the European Olympic qualifying tournament in Turkey on Sunday.

Aimee, who is studying for a BSC in Sport and Exercise Science at the Docklands campus, learned the good news on Thursday, April 21 and tweeted: “So happy to have been picked to represent GB at my second Olympic Games. Rio here I come!”

UEL director of sport David Cosford said, “Rio can’t come fast enough now. Aimee is world class at the 400 individual medley and has a realistic chance of making a final and possibly winning a medal.

“With Lawrence Okolie also making the Olympic boxing team, we are absolutely amazed by the sporting talent at UEL.”

Aimee’s selection was confirmed after she won three medals, including a gold in the 200 metres butterfly, at last week’s British Championships and Olympic Trials in Glasgow.

In her main event, the 400m individual medley, in which she is ranked fourth in the world, Aimee was narrowly beaten by Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley but her time of 4min 35.52sec was inside British Swimming’s selection criteria.

Aimee trains in the London 2012 Olympic pool as part of the London Aquatics Centre Performance Programme LACPP and head coach Lisa Bates said, “We’re all ecstatic that Aimee has made the team. She’s going to be very competitive in Rio.”

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