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29 Jul 2014
Day 6 at the Games
Team Loughborough have won a magnificent seven medals in swimming, gymnastics and athletics on day 6 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In swimming Loughborough based swimmer Georgia Davies won the 50m backstroke in a new Games record time of 27.56.
It was the second medal of the Games for Georgia, representing Wales, after winning silver in the 100m backstroke.
Current Sport Scholar Adam Barrett won the gold medal and claimed a Games record as part of England’s team in the men’s 4x100m medley relay. It was Adam’s third medal of the Games.
Fran Halsall won her fourth medal of the meet, silver in the women's 4x100 medley relay for England, behind Australia. After the race Fran Halsall said:
“That was good – that was very good fun and then to watch the boys go and smash it up on the last relay was fantastic as well.
“All the girls did a great job and going in on that last leg is always a bit tough especially being against Cate [Campbell], who is absolutely magnificent, but I think I went a second and a half faster than I did in my individual.”
In other finals Roberto Pavoni and Joe Roebuck just missed out on the medals in the 200m individual medley - finishing in fifth and sixth place.Loughborough based swimmer Dan Fogg finished in seventh place in the 1500m freestyle.
In the artistic gymnastics men’s team event England, with Loughborough based Sam Oldham, won the gold medal with a score of 266.804 over the two days of competition.
However Sam was unable to compete in the final two rotations after suffering an injury sustained when landing in the vault.
Loughborough College and University students Harry Owen and Rob Sansby were part of the Wales team that finished in fifth place, with a combined score of 241.385. Harry also qualified for the Men's Individual All-Around Final, which starts 1pm tomorrow.
In athletics University graduate Will Sharman repeated his performance from four years ago by winning the silver medal in the final of the 110m hurdles in 13.36.
Speaking after the race Will Sharman said:
“I can't lie, I'm so happy to have got a medal. The competition in the Games this year has been very difficult, much more so than it was four years ago.
“It was difficult for me at the beginning of the season to target being in the medals here but with the way with the preparation I have had I knew I was capable of a medal.”
Former Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club member Laura Samuel broke through the 14 metre barrier for the first time to claim a personal best and a silver medal in the triple jump final.
Loughborough based athlete Mark Dry won the bronze medal for host nation Scotland in the men's hammer with a throw of 71.64m. Former Loughborough student Alex Smith was in fourth place with 70.99m.
In the 10,000m final University graduate Beth Potter, representing Scotland, hit the front with nine laps to go to send the Hampden crowd into raptures. However the Kenyan athletes prevailed to take the medals, with Beth in fifth place in a personal best time of 32.33.
Fellow University graduate Sonia Samuels was in seventh place in a time of 32.57.
In the decathlon a series of fine performances saw graduate Ben Gregory record a personal best of 7725 points to finish in sixth place and Sports Scholar David Guest finish eighth with a season's best score of 7516.
After day 1 of the heptathlon Loughborough College graduate Jess Tappin is currently in fifth place with 3458 points.
Loughborough based athlete and former Sports Scholar Martyn Rooney won his semi-final in the 400m in 45.22 to comfortably qualify for tomorrow’s final second fastest.
In the men’s long jump University graduate JJ Jegede recorded 7.66m to qualify for tomorrow night’s final.
In squash University graduate Daryl Selby started his campaign in the men’s and mixed doubles.
Daryl and partner James Willstrop overcame Gibraltar’s Anthony Brindle and Christian Navas in their Pool C encounter, winning 11-1, 11-4 in 21 minutes. Later in the day they claimed their second victory, 11-3, 11-6 against a Zambian pair.
Daryl also played in mixed doubles alongside Sarah Kippax, to beat Trinidad and Tobago’s Colin Ramasra and Kerrie Sample 11-1, 11-4.
Speaking after making his first appearance in the Games Daryl Selby said:
“I’ve been itching to get on court all last week so it was nice for me to finally get on and James [men’s singles silver medallist] could get a bit of yesterday out of the legs.
"The scores in that match probably don’t reflect how long the rallies were. But I thoroughly enjoyed my first match."
In cycling Loughborough graduate Jessie Roberts rode for Scotland in the women’s cross country event, finishing in 11th place with a time of 1.47.32.
In netball Loughborough graduates Jo Harten, Jade Clarke and Ama Agbeze helped to secure a comfortable victory for England, 70-24 against Trinidad & Tobago.
Graduate Becky James was part of the Wales squad that were defeated 61-41 by South Africa.
In men’s hockey England suffered their first loss of the Games, defeated 2-1 by New Zealand.
They play their final group game against Canada on Thursday and will look to secure a top-two finish to progress to the semi-finals. The England squad includes six former Loughborough Students’ players.
Fellow former Loughborough Students’ players Peter Swainson and Owain Dolan-Gray were in the Wales squad that were defeated 5-1 by South Africa.