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31 Jul 2014

Day 8 at the Games

Guy Learmonth - Picture credit Alistair Devine
Guy Learmonth - Picture credit Alistair Devine

Two current Loughborough Sports Scholars have achieved breakthrough performances on their debuts in a major international championship on Day 8 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

University Chemical Engineering student Niall Flannery was given a lifeline to run in the final of the 400m hurdles after Jamaican athlete Roxroy Cato was disqualified from the heats. Niall took his chance in the final and from lane 1 finished in fourth place in a time of 49.46.

In the 800m Loughborough College student Guy Learmonth was once again inspired by the Hampden Park roar and the world class field, to run a personal best time of 1:46.69 and finish in sixth place.  After the race Guy said:

“It has been a great learning curve for me. I have held my own in some very good company and proved I can compete at this level.

"I’m thrilled to have represented Scotland at Hampden and I want to thank family, coaches and friends for all the support over the years. I believe I can get faster and this can be a platform for me.”

 

In other finals there was disappointment for Loughborough based athletes. Anyika Onoura ran a personal best time in the 200m final, but was pipped to the medals after finishing in fourth place. 

After recording a distance of 6.51m in qualifying Shara Proctor was expected to challenge for the medals.  But Shara pulled up with an injury on her first attempt and was unable to continue.

But there was better news for Loughborough based Tiffany Porter and Lynsey Sharp who qualified for the finals of the 100m hurdles and the 800m.

In the field Loughborough based Kirsty Law threw 54.68m in the discus to qualify for the final in seventh place.

 

In men’s hockey England secured their passage through to the semi-finals with a comfortable 3-1 win over Canada. 

England captain Barry Middleton, one of six former Loughborough Students’ players in the squad, was on the score sheet.

Victory for England sets up a semi-final clash with Australia, the number.1 ranked side in the world and defending Commonwealth champions.

Speaking after the match Barry Middleton said:

“We are very happy with that, we did what we set out to do which was control the game.

“It felt like it was comfortable the whole way through and we just kept on playing our game. We wanted to put out a performance that took our momentum into the semi-finals.”

 

In women’s hockey Emma Batten, Sarah Jones, Phoebe Richards and Leah Wilkinson were part of the Wales team that finished the Games on a high by defeating Trinidad and Tobago 4-0.

Wales scored four goals in a 25 minute spell in the second half to claim their first victory of the tournament and secure ninth place.

 

In badminton, after their nail biting encounter last night against the Scottish pair of Bankier and Gilmour, England’s Lauren Smith and Gabby Adcock beat Fu and Neo of Singapore 2-0 in the women's doubles round of 16.

Lauren will play for Loughborough Sport in the new National Badminton League.

But the Games have ended for graduate Martin Campbell and partner Patrick MacHugh of Scotland following defeat by Australia 2-0 in the men’s doubles.

 

In squash University graduate Daryl Selby continued his winning streak in the doubles’ events.

Daryl and partner Sarah Kippax won their group match in the mixed doubles, defeating Koenig and Florens of Mauritius 2-0. 

Later in the day in the round of 16 they beat Delierre and Cornett of Canada 2-0 to progress to the quarter finals.

In the men’s doubles Daryl and partner James Willstrop defeated the Wales pair of Fitzgerald and Haley 2-0, to make it a second quarter final.

 

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