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1 Aug 2014
Day 9 at the Games
Loughborough’s athletes have won four medals on 9 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In a dramatic pole vault final former Loughborough student Steve Lewis and England team mate Luke Cuttsfaced a jump-off after both failed to clear 5.60.
After both failed again at 5.60m the bar was lowered to 5.55m. Luke Cutts’ failure gave Steve the opportunity claim victory and the gold medal with a successful clearance.
Steve’s gold medal give him the full set of Commonwealth medals after winning silver in Delhi 2010 and bronze in Melbourne 2006.
Speaking after the event Steve Lewis said:
"Getting the set of Commonwealth medals was a big goal – 2006 was such a surprise, I got close in Delhi and just to have the set is amazing. It’s testament to the people who didn't write me off in 2013."
University graduate Paul Walker finished in fifth place. Max Eaves and Gregor MacLean did not record a clearance.
In the women’s high jump Loughborough based Isobel Pooley cleared a personal best of 1.92m to claim the silver medal. Isobel was unable to clear 1.94m, which was achieved by gold medallist Eleanor Patterson of Australia. Isobel Pooley said:
"I dared to dream of gold - I’m not ashamed of that but I’m not ashamed I didn't get it because I got a PB.
"A silver in my first ever Commonwealths gives me somewhere to go next time. I’ve given myself something to celebrate now and I’ll go back to the village with pride now."
Loughborough based Jayne Nisbet was eliminated after failing to clear 1.82m.
In the 800m European Champion Lynsey Sharp claimed the silver medal with a strong finish down the home straight to the delight of the Scottish fans. Lynsey, who is based at Loughborough, finished behind World Champion Eunice Sum from Kenya.
The fourth medal of the night was won by Loughborough based Tiffany Porter in the 100m hurdles. Tiffany finished second in the silver medal position behind Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia.
In the men's 3,000m Steeplechase Loughborough based James Wilkinson was the best of the home nations’ athletes, finishing in fifth place.
In the discus final Loughborough based Kirsty Law, representing Scotland,finished in 11th place with a throw of 52.33.
A number of Loughborough athletes were involved in the relay heats.In the men's 4x100m relay James Ellington, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Richard Kilty safely saw England through.
Aniyka Onuora and Louise Bloor helped England to qualify for the final of the women’s 4x100m relay heats. Current student Rachel Joncock ran the anchor leg for Wales who were disqualified.
In the Women’s 4x400m heats graduate Emily Diamond ran the first leg for England who qualified for the final.
In the field Loughborough based Lee Doran, representing Wales, threw 75.82m to qualify for the javelin final. In the triple jump former student Nathan Douglas qualified for tomorrow’s final with a jump of 16.05m.
In women’s hockey former Loughborough students and players Giselle Ansley, Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth and Nicola White, were part of the England side that have reached the final after defeating New Zealand.
England led through a first half goal from Lily Owsley, but the game was to be decided by a penalty shoot-out after a brilliant equaliser by Katie Glynn with five minutes to go.
In the shoot-out University graduate goalkeeper Maddie Hinch made three fine saves to deny New Zealand and to send England through to tomorrow’s final against Australia.
After the match Maddie Hinch said:
"I'm renowned for being a bit of a geek when it comes to studying players and I'd done my homework on what to expect from them.
"I knew what they might do under pressure and I felt ready.
"We can't wait for Australia now. They are defiantly favourites but we are going in with the mindset that we can win."
In men’s hockey the Wales side including former Loughborough Students’ players Peter Swainson and Owain Dolan-Gray beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 to finish ninth overall.
In badminton England’s Lauren Smith and Gabby Adcock defeated the Canadian pair of Bruce and Chan 21-9, 21-10 to progress to the semi-finals.
After match Lauren Smith, who will play for Loughborough Sport in the new National Badminton League, said:
“We knew that if we played well against Canada that we could get it over and done with quite quickly so that was pleasing.
"We knew we had a job to do against Canada and we just played really efficiently, we were focused, we kept it up all the way through so we’re pleased with that performance.
“It will be about more of the same against Malaysia, they are good players.”
In squash University graduate Daryl Selby and partner James Willstrop representing England, defeated the New Zealand pair of Beddoes and Coll 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 in the men's doubles quarter final.
But Daryl and partner Sarah Kippax were defeated in the mixed doubles 11-5, 11-7 to fellow English pair Peter Barker and Alison Waters.
In netball it was the battle of the University graduates with Loughborough Lightning player Becky James part of the Wales squad that took Northern Ireland, featuring Michelle Drayne and Oonagh McCullough.
Northern Ireland continued their winning run to claim a 58-36 victory and seventh place in the tournament. Wales finished in eighth.