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31 Jul 2014
Day 7 at the Games
Loughborough’s athletes missed out on the medals on a day of top ten finishes.
In athletics Loughborough based athlete and former Sports Scholar Martyn Rooney improved on his semi-final time, but was edged out of the medals in the 400m, finishing in fourth place in 45.15.
Speaking after the race Martyn Rooney said:
“I’m just annoyed – the guys ran really fast and what I thought would medal would have come fourth anyway.
“The other guys ran really well and you can’t take anything away from them – it wasn’t to be.
“I wanted to ignore the guys inside and outside me because I knew they would go out hard and I won’t win many races against them down the back-straight.
“It was tough to do my own thing and stay as relaxed as possible and execute as well as I could but I think the three of them were just better than me on the day.”
Former Loughborough Students’ Athletics Club members Chris Baker cleared 2.25m in the high jump to be in contention for the medals. But three fails at 2.28m denied Chris the bronze and left him in fourth place.
In the heptathlon Loughborough College graduate Jess Tappin recorded a personal best score of 5695 points to finish in sixth place – a fine achievement after receiving a late call-up for the England team.
Loughborough based athlete Eilish McColgan, representing Scotland in the 3,000m steeplechase, also finished in sixth place with a time of 9.44.64.
In the javelin graduate Goldie Sayers was placed in seventh after a throw of 57.68m with current student and Sports Scholar Izzy Jeffs in ninth after recording 53.77m.
In the long jump University graduate JJ Jegede recorded 7.81m to finish in seventh place, and in the shot put Loughborough based Alison Rodger was in 10th with 14.76m.
One of the loudest Hampden roars of the night was reserved for current scholar and Scottish athlete Guy Learmonth who ranthe race of his life to finish in third place in the 800m semi-final, behind Kenyan Olympic Champion David Rudisha, and qualify for the final.
Loughborough based athletes Isobel Pooley and Jayne Nisbet qualified for the final of the high jump after clearing 1.85. In the long jump Loughborough based Shara Proctor also qualified after recording a distance of 6.51m.
In artistic gymnastics current student Harry Owen finished in 20th place in the men's individual all-around final, with a total score of 76.441. Harry, representing Wales, scored highest in the rings and high bar recording 13.300 for both apparatus.
In netball Loughborough graduates Jo Harten, Jade Clarke and Ama Agbeze were part of the England team that defeated Barbados 69-27 to qualify for the semi-finals, where they will play New Zealand.
Graduates Michelle Drayne and Oonagh McCullough were part of the Northern Ireland netball team that defeated hosts Scotland 37-32. They go on to play Wales in the 7th/8th place play off.
In women’s hockey England secured their passage through to the semi-finals with a hard-fought 2-1 win over host nation Scotland. Graduate and England goal keeper Maddie Hinch made a string of fine saves to set up a semi-final with New Zealand.
After the match former Loughborough Students’ player Nicola White, said:
“We made it closer than we maybe could have done but sometimes it is just about grinding out the result and especially in front of this crowd on a home ground. The semi-final is where we want to be, then you are in with a chance of the medals with the crowd behind us.”
Emma Batten, Sarah Jones, Phoebe Richards and Leah Wilkinson were part of the Wales team that drew 0-0 with Malaysia.
In badminton England’s Lauren Smith and Gabby Adcock won a tremendous contest 21-13, 17-21, 21-18 in the mixed doubles first round against Scottish pair Imogen Bankier and Kirsty Gilmour.
Lauren will play for Loughborough Sport in the new National Badminton League.
Former Sports Scholar Martin Campbell and partner Patrick MacHugh won their men’s doubles game for Scotland 2-0 against a pair from St Vincent and the Grenadines.
In squash University graduate Daryl Selby and partner James Willstrop won their latest men’s doubles group match, 2-0 against St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Daryl and Sarah Kippax, had a more difficult match in the mixed doubles, defeating the Welsh pair Evans and Saffery in the mixed doubles pool match 8-11, 11-3, 11-8.