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25 Jul 2014

Day 2 at the Games

Glasgow 2014

Loughborough’s swimmers have claimed two bronze medals on Day 2 at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Liam Tancock claimed his eighth Commonwealth medal in three Games, finishing in joint third place with Australian Josh Beaver in the 100m backstroke.

Liam swam to the bronze medal in a time of 53:75, behind team-mate Chris Walker-Hebborn and Australia's Mitch Larkin.

On winning a bronze medal Liam Tancock said:

“I’m really pleased with that and it’s nice to get on the podium. It has been a tough couple of years for me so to be on there with Chris [Walker-Hebborn] is great.

"Just to make the team was something special so to be in the mix tonight and win a bronze medal is brilliant.

“It’s been a chaotic year as it didn’t start until January for me so for a very short season to come away with a bronze is very special.”

 

Loughborough College student and current Sports Scholar Adam Barrett swam the second leg in the men’s 4x100m relay for England, who claimed the bronze medal behind Australia and South Africa.

It was a richly deserved medal for Adam, who just missed out on the podium in the final of the 50m butterfly, finishing in fourth place in a time of 23.43.

Fellow College student and Sports Scholar Rachael Kelly was close to the medals in the 100m butterfly, finishing in fifth place in a time of 58.61. 

Roberto Pavoni also just missed out on the medals after finishing in fourth place in the 400m individual medley.

 

In the 50m freestyle Fran Halsall broke the Commonwealth Games record on two occasions to set a new time of 24.14 and qualify fastest for tomorrow’s final.  University graduate Amy Smith will also compete in the final, qualifying in sixth place

Loughborough based swimmer Georgia Davies qualified second fastest in the 100m backstroke in 59.63, just outside the Welsh national record

Current University student James Wilby reached his second final of the Games after finishing in eighth place overall in the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke.

 

In badminton England claimed their second victory in the mixed team event, defeating Jersey 5-0.

Lauren Smith, who has signed for Loughborough Sport to play in the new National Badminton League, and partner Gabby Adcock claimed a 21-8 21-10 victory over the Channel Island’s pair in the women’s doubles match.

 

In netball former Loughborough Lightning players Jo Harten, Jade Clarke and Ama Agbeze lined up for England against former team-mate Becky James who was in the Wales team. England won the match 65-25.

Graduates Michelle Drayne and Oonagh McCullough were in the Northern Ireland squad that were defeated 65-34 by Northern Ireland.

 

In men’s hockey Wales were defeated 3-1 by India in their opening fixture.  The Welsh squad includes former Loughborough Students’ hockey players Peter Swainson and Owain Dolan-Gray.

In women’s hockey former Loughborough Students’ hockey players Leah Wilkinson, Phoebe Richards and Emma Batten were part of the Wales side that were defeated 9-0 by gold medal contenders Australia.

 

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