Athlete Roger Black gets Surrey university honorary degree

Roger Black winning his final 400m race in 1998 Roger Black trained at Surrey university's campus gym before competing in the Olympics

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Former British Olympic athlete Roger Black has been given an honorary degree from the University of Surrey.

Black has a close association with the university, based in Guildford, and did his weight training at the campus gym before his international successes.

Career highlights included winning silver medals in the 400m at both the Olympics and World Championships and two European Championship gold medals.

Black, who lives in Guildford, received his degree at Guildford Cathedral.

He said: "It's a great honour. The university has played a great part in my success and I am pleased to continue our good relationship."

And commenting on the £35m Surrey Sports Park at the university, which opened last year and will be used by Olympic teams next year, he said: "The Surrey Sports Park is phenomenal.

"It's just a fantastic facility and of great benefit both to local people and the university."

Roger Black spoke to the BBC about his 1996 Olympic 400m silver medal in this interview in 2009

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