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Bronze for our Bell


13 August 2008

Robin Bell, an economics and finance student at the University of Sydney, won Australia's first ever medal in the men's C1 slalom.
Robin Bell, an economics and finance student at the University of Sydney, won Australia's first ever medal in the men's C1 slalom.

Sydney University sportsman Robin Bell has won Australia's first ever Olympic medal in the men's C1 slalom event.

Bell won bronze yesterday in Beijing behind gold medal winner Michal Martikan of Slovakia and Britain's David Florence, who claimed silver.

"It's awesome," Bell told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I crossed the line (yesterday) and thought, 'I'm not going to get this one'. It's such a hard course out there that people started making mistakes and it ended up being my lucky day."

Bell, 30, is an economics and finance student at the University of Sydney. He finished fourth in the C1 slalom event in Athens, and the following year won the world championship. He is currently ranked third in the world.


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