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From Dallas, Texas, Thatcher Attends
and Runs Track at University of Richmond

Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who died April 8 at 87, was laid to rest today at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London with 2,300 people (and 4,000 policemen) in attendance.

Yet the inadvertent star of the ceremony was Thatcher’s 19-year-old granddaughter, Amanda, who delivered a flawless reading from the book of Ephesians. The daughter of Thatcher’s son, Mark, was one of only two readers at the funeral along with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Her composed reading — with a slight Texan twang — prompted a frenzy of activity on Twitter, with “Amanda Thatcher” trending worldwide for a period following the ceremony. Yet fans of the Atlantic 10 track circuit might have thought the girl in the black coat and wide-brimmed hat looked familiar.

Thatcher, a freshman member of the track team at the University of Richmond, is an accomplished runner. Her bio on the school’s athletics website states that she won a district title in the 300-meter hurdles as a senior at Highland Park High School in Dallas to qualify for the Texas Region II finals also recording a personal best of 35 feet, four inches in the triple jump. When she graduated from high school, she was voted most likely to change the world by her peers.

And she’s not the only athlete in the family.

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