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Ex-Olympic sprinter opens playground at primary school in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 October 2014

Jeanette Kwakye (centre) paid a visirt to Furness Primary School to officially open the new playground

Jeanette Kwakye (centre) paid a visirt to Furness Primary School to officially open the new playground

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A British ex-Olympic sprinter paid a visit to a primary school in Harlesden to commemorate the official opening of a new playground.

Excited pupils of Furness Primary School, in Furness Foad, flocked to have a better look at former athlete Jeanette Kwakye, who joined Cllr Leslie Jones, deputy mayor of Brent, to mark the opening of the new play area on Tuesday.

Ms Kwayke was the first British woman in 24 years to make the 100m final in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and placed sixth.

She also won a bronze medal in 4x100 metres relay at the 2002 World Junior Championships. The sprinter formally announced her retirement from athletics in January this year.

Gloria Williams, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “It was a fantastic for the children who were able to meet such an inspiring sporting figure.

“They are delighted with the new facilities and we hope the new playground goes some way to keep our children active and healthy.”


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