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27 Jul 2014
Day 4 at the Games
Team Loughborough have won three more medals today in the swimming pool at Tollcross and on the first day of athletics at Hampden Park – taking the tally to 11.
Fran Halsall claimed her second gold medal of the Games, winning the 50m butterfly in a new British and Commonwealth Games record of 25.20. Amy Smith just missed out on the medals finishing in fourth place.
Fran became the first woman in Games history to win the 50m freestyle and butterfly double. Earlier in the evening she also comfortably qualified for the 100m freestyle final.
Speaking after the race Fran Halsall said:
"It’s my tenth Commonwealth medal so it’s a special one – I never thought I would get that many.
“I remember swimming in the 100 freestyle final in Melbourne 2006 and there was Libby Trickett, Jodie Henry and Alice Mills.
“They were the top three in the world and I came fourth to them and I thought ‘how am I ever going to swim fast enough to beat those girls?’
“But now I’ve got my own Commonwealth gold medal and I’m so happy. I hope there’s more to come.”
Liam Tancock continued his return to form from a long-term shoulder injury by winning his second bronze medal of the Games in the 50m backstroke final in a time of 24.98. After the race Liam Tancock said:
"Just to stand on that podium again is pretty special after a tough couple of years. Just making this team was amazing, so to stand up there again is pretty incredible. It's an honour to represent my country again.
"It's been difficult, the older you get the harder it is and when you get an injury you realise what you miss. I just want to be in the pool and training. All the difficulties of the last couple of years are worth it when you have days like this.“
Current Sports Scholar Adam Barrett set a new personal best time of 52.00 to qualify fastest ahead of Chad le Clos in the 100m butterfly semi-finals.
On the first day of athletics London 2012 Paralympic Games medallist Bethany Woodward won the silver medal in the long jump T37/38 final.
Bethany, who is based at Loughborough and only took up the event this year, jumped a personal best of 4.00m to take silver behind Jodi Elkington of Australia.
Speaking after the event Bethany Woodward said:
"That's way and above my expectations. I was relaxed and excited coming in because it's not my principle event but I knew I had a big jump in me.
"Once I got that four metre jump in the second round it settled me down and I started thinking, 'I can do this'.
"I was just praying I'd hold onto that silver medal and thankfully I did.
"It's such a technical event and so much harder than running around the track. I've only been long jumping for five months and there is a lot to learn and rhythm is a big part of it.”
In the marathon University graduates Louise Damen and Amy Whitehead, representing England, finished in seventh and ninth place.
In the 100m all three Loughborough-based sprinters - Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Adam Gemili and Richard Kilty - qualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals.
In the women’s hammer five athletes, representing three nations, with Loughborough connections qualified for the final.
England’s Sophie Hitchon threw 65.31m in the first round to qualify automatically. She will be joined in tomorrow’s final by team-mates Sarah Holt and Shaunagh Brown. Graduate Carys Parry (Wales) and Myra Perkins (Scotland) also qualified.
In the badminton team event England are guaranteed a medal after defeating India 3-0 in the semi-final. They will play Malaysia in tomorrow’s final.
The England team includes Lauren Smith, who will play for Loughborough Sport in the new National Badminton League. After the match Lauren Smith said:
"It was crazy, it feels so good. From the celebration you can tell how much it means to us all, especially to do it in a 3-0 fashion."
In rugby sevens former Loughborough Students’ player Phil Burgess captained the England side that saw their medal hopes ended by a 15-14 quarter final defeat to Samoa.
But victory over Scotland, and a last minute try from Phil to defeat Wales 17-15, gave England fifth place and the sevens Plate final.
On pulling off a late victory in the Plate final Phil Burgess said:
"It was a really tiring game and we were pushed right to the end, but in training we plan for all sorts of situations and it was one of those where all that preparation paid off. It was a great performance at the end and personally I really enjoyed it."
In netball former Loughborough Lightning players Joanne Harten, Jade Clarke and Ama Agbeze bounced back from England’s narrow defeat to Australia yesterday to stay on track for the semi-finals, claiming a 41-35 victory over South Africa.
Graduates Michelle Drayne and Oonagh McCullough were part of the Northern Ireland team that were defeated 78-29 by Delhi 2010 gold medallists New Zealand.
In women’s hockey England maintained their unbeaten start, with University graduate Giselle Ansley on the score sheet in a 5-0 victory over Malaysia.
The England men’s hockey team, also against Malaysia, produced a great second half display to win 8-1 and top their pool