Olympic round up – day thirteen
10 August 2012
Loughborough athletes experienced a number of highs and lows on the second Thursday of the Games.
The men’s GB 4x400m relay team are through to the final after a fantastic run. Loughborough based Martyn Rooney played the anchor in the final part of the race and brought the Brits home with a fantastic individual time of 44.84.
Rooney crossed the line alongside Deon Lendore from Trinidad and Tobago clocking the same time as the Caribbean island team at 3:00.38 and picking up second position.
Meanwhile it was a difficult night for the GB men’s Hockey team. The faced the Netherlands team, ranked third in the world, and were defeated 9-2.
Former University student and the team’s captain Barry Middleton spoke to the BBC after the match:
"Credit to the Dutch, they played a good game, they just generally passed, shot, tackled and ran better than us. There are not that many games when a team does every aspect better than you.
"The disappointing thing was we know that wasn't who we are. That wasn't really us. It is hard to explain why."
The team will still be in with a chance to take the Bronze medal, as they face Australia on Saturday.
Overall Team GB were able to secure three more Gold medals and cement history on day 13 of the London Olympic Games.
Jade Jones secured the first British Taekwondo gold medal of the Games, beating China’s Yuzhuo 6-4 at the ExCel arena. Along with the rest of the Taekwondo, Jade spent time on the Loughborough campus at the GB prep camp, using the facilities and going through kitting out. They were one of the last teams to leave the campus to head down to London.
Nicola Adams became the first woman in Olympic history to win a boxing Gold medal in the flyweight category. Charlotte Dujardin won her second Gold of her equestrian campaign in the individual dressage. Laura Bechtolsheimer also took a bronze medal in the event.
The three Gold’s and other winnings takes Team GB’s medal tally to 52.
Usain Bolt headed a Jamaican all round win in the men's 200m final ahead of Blake and Weir.