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Sandra's Italian job is golden.

NORTH EAST student Sandra Hyslop made it a double gold at this year's Wild Water Racing Junior European Championships in Valtellina, Italy.

In her classic race Hexham teenager Sandra, 17 beat her nearest Czech rival by a staggering 11.4 seconds in a nine-minute race.

After a nail-biting sprint event Sandra had said: "Second after first run and I was one second down on Ivana.

"It was a good run but the next one will be faster!"

Keeping her nerve and putting her all into her second run, the Queen Elizabeth High School student was faster and won the gold by over half-a-second.

Sandra was supported by her father Maitland Hyslop, chief operating officer at sponsors, technology solutions providers the Onyx Group.

Chief executive officer at the Onyx Group Neil Stephenson said: "We are all very proud of Sandra and her achievements.

"We at the Onyx Group are honoured to be associated with Sandra.

We will continue to support her through her exciting sporting career."

Following the end of international racing for this year, Sandra's results are: Gold: Individual European Classic Champion, Junior European Wild Water Championships, Italy.

Gold: Individual European Sprint Champion: Junior European Wild Water Championships, Italy.

Gold: Titlis Junior International Classic Wild Water Race (Pre-World Championships), Switzerland.

Gold: Titlis Junior International Sprint Wild Water Race (Pre-World Championships), Switzerland.

Silver: GB Senior Team, Senior World Wild Water Championships Team Sprint Race, Italy.

Bronze: GB/USA Team, Titlis Open International Classic Team Wild Water Race (Pre-World Championships), Switzerland.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2008
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