25 Jul 2014
Loughborough athletes on the podium in Glasgow
Loughborough’s athletes have claimed two medals on the first day of action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Loughborough based swimmers Fran Halsall and Amy Smith were part of the England 4x100 freestyle relay team that won the silver medal in a new British record time of 3:35.72.
Australia claimed the gold medal in a new World Record time of 3:30.98.
Earlier in the day University graduate Vicky Holland won the bronze medal in the women’s individual triathlon, finishing behind England team mate Jodie Stimpson and Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland.
Speaking to British Triathlon after the race Vicky Holland said:
"I'm a bit overwhelmed. I said before the race that I was looking to make the top five and edging onto the podium was the very best I could hope for.
"This is the best thing I've achieved. Qualifying for the Olympics was a huge deal for me and I'll always be able to call myself an Olympian and treasure that. But this is my biggest ever result, especially with Jodie getting the gold as well."
In badminton graduate Martin Campbell was the first Loughborough athlete of the Games to compete, helping Scotland to defeat the Seychelles 5-0 in the badminton team event. After the match Martin tweeted:
“This smile is not coming off my face, that was incredible!! Plus winning Team Scotland's first match across the whole team is pretty special!”
A full round-up of Day 1 can be found on our Glasgow 2014 website.