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2 Aug 2014

Day 10 at the Games

Giselle Ansley - Picture credit Ady Kerry
Giselle Ansley - Picture credit Ady Kerry

Loughborough’s athletes have claimed five more medals in three different sports on Day 10 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In women’s hockey former Loughborough students and players Giselle Ansley, Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth and Nicola White, were part of the England team that claimed the silver medal after a gripping final against Australia.

England went in front with 12 minutes to go thanks to a goal from Lily Owsley.

Impressive defending from England looked like it was going to secure victory, but with less than 10 seconds to go Jodie Kenny scored from a rebound at a penalty corner to send the final into a penalty shoot-out.

University graduate Maddie Hinch made two fine saves, but Australia were not to be denied, winning the shoot-out 3-1.

 

In athletics former Sports Scholar Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, and Loughborough based athletes Adam Gemili and Richard Kilty were part of the England team that won the silver medal behind Jamaica in the men's 4x100m relay final in a time of 38.02.

After finishing fourth in last night’s 200m Loughborough based Anyika Onuora anchored the England women’s 4x400m relay team that claimed third place and the bronze medal.

There were five Loughborough based athletes in the pole vault final which was badly disrupted by torrential rain.

As such several of the athletes were unable to record a height, but former Sports Scholar Sally Scott cleared 3.80 to claim joint third place and a bronze medal.

In the 5000m final University staff member Laura Whittle finished in sixth place in 15.33.72 and graduate Beth Potter in ninth in 15.44.38.

Current student Rachel Johncock brought home the Wales women’s 4x100 relay team in seventh place in a new national record of 44.51.

In the field Loughborough based Lee Doran, representing Wales finished in eighth place with a best of 72.73m. In the triple jump former student Nathan Douglas finished in 11th place with 14.56.

 

In badminton England’s Lauren Smithand partner Gabby Adcock came back from losing the first game to defeat Malaysian pair Lim Yin Loo and Lai Pei Jing 16-21, 21-15, 21-16 to claim the bronze medal in the women’s doubles.

Lauren will play for Loughborough Sport in the new National Badminton League.

 

In men’s hockey England were unable to overhaul world champions Australia in their semi-final, going down 4-1.

2-0 at half time, England scored when University student David Condon set up Harry Martin to score from a yard out. 

But two more goals from Australia means England will contest the bronze medal match on Sunday morning against New Zealand.

The England squad contains six former Loughborough students and players Nick Caitlin, David Condon, Mark Gleghorne, Iain Lewers, Barry Middleton and Henry Weir.

After the match former Sports Scholar Henry Weir said:

“I think 4-1 flattered them a little bit, we are definitely not that far off them.

"We conceded a few goals early on but other than that we stuck to the game plan well, we knew we would get chances towards the end and unfortunately we didn’t get that second one.

"We had to push in the last 20 minutes and that went against us.

"I think on another day we might have got that equaliser, they play a style of hockey not many teams do but we stuck with them.”

 

In netball England were to be denied in the last second of the match by the current Commonwealth Games championsNew Zealand.

The teams were level at 10-10 after the first quarter before the Silver Ferns took a one-goal advantage into half-time, leading 20-19.

Both teams were level once more at 29-29 after the third quarter with New Zealand sealing the 35-34 victory in the final seconds of the match.

England will now face Jamaica in the bronze-medal match on Sunday morning.

The England squad includes three University graduates and former Loughborough Lightning players Jade Clarke, Jo Harten and Ama Agbeze.  After the match Jo Harten said:

“To lose a semi-final to the reigning Commonwealth champions by one goal is something to proud of but also something to be really devastated at.

“We had the opportunities to push ahead and stamp our authority on the game. They are a bit too smart to allow that to happen to them.”

 

In squash University graduate Daryl Selby and partner James Willstrop, representing England, were defeated 11-4, 11-4 by Palmer and Pilley of Australia in men’s doubles semi-finals.

Selby and Willstrop will play for the bronze medal tomorrow at 12.15 against the Scottish pair Clyne and Leitch.

 

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