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(L-R)Jonny Brownlee, Stuart Hayes and Alistair Brownlee at Kitting Out

Olympic round up – day eleven

8 August 2012

Our Greatest Team made history on day 11 by reaching GB's best ever medal tally - 22 Golds, 13 Silvers and 13 Bronze to make 48 in total, with five days of the Games to go.

From a Loughborough perspective we rose one place in the medal standings on Tuesday with former student Robbie Grabarz achieving a well deserved bronze in the Men's High Jump, Britain's first medal in the event since 1996.

The Men's Hockey team also qualified for the semi-final's after a nail biting draw with Spain, as their final group match ended 1-1. The team will play what promises to be an exciting game against the unbeaten Netherlands team in Thursdays match.

Stuart Hayes has taken much acclaim for his actions in the men's triathlon. Having been brought into the team to act as 'domestique', like Lucy Hall, Stuart led the bike stage of the event helping the Brownlee brothers to start their run in as high a place as possible.

Stuart finished a very respectable 37th and the Browlee brothers have both expressed their gratitude to the ex-Loughborough Student.

Also taking a medal at the games was Gerd Kanter from Estonia who won Bronze in the men's Discus final. Gerd arrived in Loughborough two weeks ago to acclimatise to the British weather and to use the world class facilities on campus.

Throughout the Olympics Team GB pulled out all the stops for a memorable day 11.

The Brownlee brothers made history by achieving Britain's first ever medals in the men's triathlon while the Dressage team also won for the first time since 1988.

Laura Trott won Gold in the women’s Omnium and took ascendency from Victoria Pendleton who raced her last ever competitive race, winning Silver respectively in the women’s Sprint final.  

Sir Chris Hoy made his own piece of history by winning the men's Kierin final to become the most decorated British Male in Olympics history.

With a number of athletes making it through to the next round, including the semi-finals for a number of Britain's boxers, as well as a number of silver and bronze medals to add to the collection, Team GB are in the best shape ever seen going into the last few days of competition.

Sadly, we will miss out on seeing two potential medals from Philips Idowu in the men's Triple Jump and former Loughborough student Goldie Sayers in the women's Javelin due to injuries.

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