22 Aug 2016
Loughborough enjoys huge success at Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Loughborough University has enjoyed its most successful Olympic Games for a number of decades, winning twelve medals, five of which were gold.
No fewer than 17 athletes collected these medals, 10 getting their hands on golds, as Loughborough won eight more medals than the four won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Such was the Loughborough success, that if the University was a country it would have finished The Games 17th on the medal table, just behind Jamaica and Kenya and ahead of the likes of New Zealand and Canada.
The highlight of The Games from a Loughborough perspective undoubtedly came when Team GB won gold in the women’s hockey, the first time Britain has ever won the gold medal in that event. The side contained five Loughborough alumnae, including Maddie Hinch who played a starring role, saving every penalty in the shootout that was needed to clinch gold. What’s more, Head Coach Danny Kerry, who guided the team to an astonishing eight wins from eight, is a Loughborough graduate.
It hardly seems two weeks since Adam Peaty obliterated his own world record to romp to 100m breaststroke gold, adding silver in the 4x100m medley relay a few days later. The Loughborough based swimmer, coached by alumna Mel Marshall, was undoubtedly another highlight of The Games.
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