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Olympic success for Loughborough based international athletes
8 August 2012
Two international athletes who spent time at Loughborough University as part of their preparations for the London 2012 Games have both won Olympic medals.
In the men’s discus Gerd Kanter from Estonia finished in third place with a season's best throw of 68.03 to win the bronze medal.
Gerd arrived in Loughborough two weeks ago to acclimatise to the British weather and to use the world class facilities on campus.
Koji Murofushi, one of Japan’s best known athletes, won his third Olympic medal by claiming the bronze after throwing 78.81m in the hammer.
Koji spent a week preparing at Loughborough and has credited the University for his success at the London 2012 Games.
Speaking of his time at Loughborough Koji Murofushi said:
“Coming into Loughborough University earlier was a good choice as I was able to concentrate on training and adjust to the climate.”
Director of Sport at Loughborough University Chris Earle said:
“We were delighted that Koji selected Loughborough as the place where he decided to make his final preparations for the London 2012 Games. We were all behind him in both his preparations and shouting loudly for him as he competed against the best in the world”.