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28 Jul 2014

Day 5 at the Games

David Guest

Loughborough’s athletes have won six medals for two nations in three sports - athletics, badminton and swimming - on Day 5 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

On the second day of athletics at Hampden Park University graduate and Paralympic medallist Dan Greaves threw a stunning 59.21 metres in the third round, for a score of 1023, to secure the men’s discus F42/F44 title.

Dan's victory was by just 11 points, ahead of fellow Paralympian Aled Davies of Wales who recorded a throw of 46.83m – 1012 points.

Speaking after the event Dan Greaves said:

“I just need this to sink in now as it’s still a little bit of a whirlwind. I’ve won gold at the Paralympics, World and European Championships but it’s such an honour to represent England at the Commonwealth Games.

“I’m fortunate this event is in the Games and we hopefully demonstrated para-disability sport as a tough, elite competition. There is only one position that I wanted to come home with and that was the gold medal so job done.”

 

Loughborough based London 2012 Paralympic medallist Libby Clegg won the first track and field gold medal of the Games for Scotland in the 100m T12 event.

Libby and guide runner Mikail Huggins stormed to victory in a time of 12.20.

In the 100m Loughborough-based sprinter Adam Gemili claimed the silver medal in a time of 10.10 behind Kemar Bailey Cole from Jamaica.

Adam is coached by Steve Fudge at the British Athletics National Performance Centre.  Speaking after the race Adam said:

“This is my first senior medal and I’m speechless. There is so much preparation that goes into running just 10 seconds – it’s not as easy as people think.

“I’ve got a great team behind me and they are who I need to thank. It’s my first time representing England and I’m so happy. 

“The reception I got was absolutely unbelievable and it’s something I’m never going to forget. It was not about the time – it was about the position and I’ve done it so I’m over the moon.”

 

In the women’s hammer five athletes, representing three nations, with Loughborough connections qualified for the final, with Sophie Hitchon winning the bronze medal with a throw of 68.72m

Graduate Sarah Holt threw a season’s best of 65.67m to finish in fourth place, with Carys Parry fifth, Myra Perkins 10th and Shaunagh Brown 11th.

Loughborough decathletes current student David Guest (pictured) and graduate Ben Gregory, who are both representing Wales, recorded a number of personal bests to finish day 1 in sixth and eighth place.

Former Loughborough student Alex Smith qualified for the men's hammer final after throwing 72.34m.  He was later joined by Mark Dry when the Loughborough based athlete qualified with a throw of 71.62m.

Former Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club members Chris Baker (high jump) cleared 2.20m and Laura Samuel (triple jump) recorded a season’s best 13.54 to both qualify for their finals.

 

In swimming current Sports Scholar Adam Barrett won his second bronze medal of the Games after finishing in third place in the 100m butterfly in a new personal best time of 51.93.

Fran Halsall couldn’t add to her medal collection in the 100m freestyle final, finishing in fourth place with Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell taking the gold and silver medal.

A second Games record of the day for Georgia Davies saw her qualify fastest for tomorrow night's 50m backstroke in a time of 27.61.

Loughborough based swimmer Dan Fogg was sixth fastest qualifier for tomorrow night’s 1,500m freestyle final, recording a time of 15:10.88.

 

In badminton England claimed the silver medal in the mixed team event after being defeated 3-1 by Malaysia.

The England team includes Lauren Smith, who will play for Loughborough Sport in the new National Badminton League.

 

After three events on day 1 of the artistic gymnastics men’s team event England, with Loughborough based Sam Oldham in the squad, are in first place with a score of 133.806.

Loughborough College and University students Harry Owen and Rob Sansby helped to put Wales just three points off the podium with a team score of 122.339 in fourth place.  The event concludes tomorrow.

 

In netball graduate Becky James was part of the Wales squad that claimed their second victory of the Games, 47-35 over Barbados.

Graduates Michelle Drayne and Oonagh McCullough were part of the Northern Ireland netball team that claimed their first win in Commonwealth Games history, 61-40 against St Lucia.

 

In women’s hockey the England team, which includes four former Loughborough Students’ players suffered their first loss, defeated 3-0 by defending Commonwealth champions Australia.

The defeat leaves England needing to beat host nation Scotland in their final Pool B game on Wednesday to ensure their passage through to the last four.

Emma Batten, Sarah Jones, Phoebe Richards and Leah Wilkinson were part of the Wales team defeated 2-0 by Scotland.

In men’s hockey Loughborough's Welsh contingent were defeated in a nail biting match, also against Scotland, final score 4-3 to the host nation.

 

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