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26 Jul 2014

Day 3 at the Games

Fran Halsall - picture by
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Team Loughborough have won four more medals - including gold for triathlete Vicky Holland and swimmer Fran Halsall - to take the medal tally to eight.

Loughborough’s first medal of the day was won by University graduate Vicky Holland who was a member of the England mixed team relay triathlon quartet, that included Jonny Brownlee, Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee.

All four members of the team had won individual medals, with Vicky claiming the bronze medal in the women’s event.

England were the favourites to win the first ever mixed team relay to be held at the Commonwealth Games, and they didn’t disappoint taking the gold medal ahead of South Africa and Australia.

Former sports Scholar Carol Bridge and Loughborough based Morgan Davies were in the Wales team that finished in eighth place.

Speaking after the race Vicky Holland said:

"The support we've been getting has been incredible, all the messages on social media have been off the charts. I'm just elated and also exhausted."


In the pool Loughborough’s swimmers won three medals on the night to take their tally to six.

Fran Halsall recorded the fastest women’s 50m freestyle time in the world this year with a time of 23.96 seconds to claim the gold medal ahead of the Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell.  University graduate Amy Smith was in eighth place.

Fran returned later for the 50m butterfly semi-finals, setting a new British and Commonwealth Games record of 25.36 seconds, with Amy Smith also progressing.

Speaking about her gold medal swim Fran Halsall said:

“It’s been a fairytale evening for me really. The crowd were amazing and got behind me. It’s been an amazing evening and one that will definitely stay with me for a very long time.”

Loughborough based swimmer Georgia Davies claimed the silver medal in 100m backstroke, recording a new Welsh record.

Georgia moved to Loughborough after London 2012 Games to be part of the British Swimming National Sprint Programme, led by University graduate James Gibson.

In the 200m breaststroke Loughborough based swimmer Molly Renshaw, swam a strong final 50m to win the bronze medal. Speaking after the race Molly said:

“I’ve made lots of sacrifices this year for this race. I’ve had to give up a lot, not taking holidays and keep training to build up my strength for the 200 so I’m really happy.

“It was a great race but I was hoping to go a little bit faster and maybe get a PB but to come away with a bronze medal at my first Commonwealth Games is amazing."

In other finals University graduate Caitlin McClatchey swam the first leg in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay for Scotland, who finished in fifth place.

There were seventh placed finishes in finals for chemistry student James Wilby in the 100m breaststroke and Loughborough based Roberto Pavoni in the 200m butterfly.

Liam Tancock qualified for tomorrow’s men’s 50m backstroke final, and despite not progressing past the heats current student Alex McCallum, representing the Cayman Islands, swam a personal best time of 28.27.


In the badminton team event England progressed to the semi-final after defeating Sri Lanka 3-0.  The team includes Lauren Smith, who will play for Loughborough Sport in the new National Badminton League.

However Scotland, including graduate Martin Campbell, were defeated in their quarter final by Malaysia.


In rugby sevens former Loughborough Students’ player Phil Burgess was part of the England squad that qualified for tomorrow’s quarter finals after defeating Sri Lanka and Uganda. They will play Samoa in tomorrow’s quarter final.


In netball England suffered an agonising last-ditch defeat to Australia.

Former Loughborough Lightning player Joanne Harten had the chance to put England ahead but missed her shot, allowing opposite number Caitlin Bassett the chance to clinch the win 49-48.

Former Sports Scholar and England captain Jade Clarke won her 100th international cap, leading the team out against Australia.

Current Lightning player Becky James started for Wales who claimed their first victory, defeating Trinidad and Tobago 50-31.


In men’s hockey former Loughborough Students’ players Owain Dolan-Gray and Peter Swainson were in the Wales squad defeated 7-1 by Australia.


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