LONDON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A 19-year-old student has set a new record for the race immortalised in the film "Chariots of Fire" -- Trinity College's Great Court run -- the Cambridge University college said on its Web site.
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Coe, chairman of London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympics, praised Dobin for his "fantastic and very rare achievement".
The Great Court Run is normally only open to first-year students, but Dobin was granted dispensation to race as he was ill last year. Founded by Henry VIII in 1546, Trinity's past students include physicist Isaac Newton, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, "Lolita" author Vladimir Nabokov, a number of poets and prime ministers as well as 32 Nobel Prize winners. "Chariots of Fire" won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1981, though the film's race scene was shot at Eton public school rather than Trinity.