Olympic round up – day three
31 July 2012
Day three of the Olympics and a historic moment for Loughborough-based athlete Sam Oldham as he takes the podium with the rest of the men’s Gymnastics Team to win their first Bronze medal.
The six-strong team performed superbly throughout the competition, which sees all gymnasts compete across various events to tally up a total score. The team were originally in Silver medal position, but an appeal by the Japanese team meant the men were awarded third.
Meanwhile, Lizzie Neave made a brilliant first impression on the Kayak scene with a fourth place in her heat of the Canoe Slalom and booking her place in Thursday's final.
The GB women's Volleyball team recorded a historic 3-2 win over Algeria, who rank 53 places above them in the world.
The team contains four Loughborough graduates - former Sport Scholars - Maria Bertelli, Rachel Laybourne, Lucy Wicks, Jennifer Taylor - and a former Loughborough College Student, Rachel Bragg, who all began their journey in performance volleyball here under then lecturer Dr Craig Handford.
Also working hard were Loughborough's swimmers including Joe Roebuck and Roberto Pavoni who finished 17th and 20th respectively in the men's 200m butterfly heats. Caitlin McClatchy made her first final of the games in the 200m freestyle.
Swimming’s 50m Backstroke world record holder, Liam Tancock, competed in the 100m Backstroke final. An outstanding performance, the former College student came in fifth overall.
Also in action were the men's Hockey Team in which Loughborough has seven athletes and one coach in action.
The boys were off to a flyer and captain and former BSc Sports Science student Barry Middleton hit two clear goals to ensure Team GB took the lead early in the first half. The stunning play continued and current Loughborough MSc Business student Richie Smith got a goal in the 53rd minute seeing the team home to their first win at the games, 4-1 against Argentina.
Notable performances include Pete Waterfield and Tom Daley ensuring a solid performance of fourth place in the men's Synchronised Diving. Zoe Smith broke the British Clean and Jerk record in the women's 58kg weightlifting to gain a total of 211kg (combined with the snatch).
Heather Watson and Laura Robson also made it to the second round of the women's Singles Tennis, while GB’s Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins broke the Olympic record by nearly five seconds to book their place in the Double Sculls final.