Photograph courtesy of Ady Kerry
Olympic round up – day ten
7 August 2012
After an eventful weekend a lull was expected by many, but Team GB went against this notion and won another batch of medals on day ten of the London Olympics.
Loughborough University graduate Lisa Dobriskey qualified comfortably for the 1500m semi finals after winning her heat in a time of 4:13.33.
She was part of a number of athletes competing throughout the day with Loughborough connections.
In the discus Loughborough based athlete Abdul Buhari failed to qualify for the final but threw a respectable 60.08m in qualification.
Human Biology graduate Angela Hannah, alongside her teammates Rachel Cawthorn, Jess Walker and Louisa Sawers has qualified for the final of the K4 kayak 500m.
Great Britain’s men’s Handball team completed their Olympic journey with a 41-24 defeat to Iceland and former University student John Pearce was on the scoresheet.
The Men’s GB Basketball team made Olympic history when they won their first match of the tournament, and their first Olympic victory since 1948, beating China 90-58.
After the match the Chicago Bulls star and Loughborough University Honorary Graduate Luol Deng said:
“I have enjoyed every minute. Basketball will grow in the UK. From now on, we need to make basketball more popular here.”
The Team GB women’s hockey players have qualified for the semi finals, after Japan defeated China 1-0 earlier in the day. The match against the Netherlands was more for pride rather than points but Team GB led 1-0 through a Crista Cullen goal.
Sadly two second half goals saw the Netherlands win 2-1. The GB squad will now play Argentina in the semi finals.
In other Team GB news, Beth Tweddle made history by winning her first Olympic medal, achieving Bronze in the women's uneven bars and completing her set of internationals.
Team GB also won Gold in the Showjumping for the first time in over 60 years.
Jason Kenny maintained GB's dominance in the track cycling by winning the men's sprint.