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London 2012 Olympics – final weekend round up
13 August 2012
The final days of the London 2012 Olympics was full of excitement and drama as the Games drew to a close, with Team GB raking in the medals to tally up to 65 in total, 29 of them Gold.
Loughborough connected athletes have been prominent throughout the Games in various sporting events, and the weekend saw the final competitors revel in style with a number of successes.
The women’s hockey team won the bronze medal in their match against the New Zealand team, winning the first women's hockey medal for Britain since 1992.
The team put on a fantastic show to win 3-1, which includes former Loughborough players Hannah MacLeod, Nicola White and Danny Kerry as Head Coach, as well as current student Laura Unsworth.
The men’s GB hockey team were hoping for similar success in their Bronze medal match against the Australians. They were unable to beat their top-ranked opposition however, and had to settle for fourth place after they were defeated 3-1.
Meanwhile, Saturday saw Jon Schofield and Liam Heath come in third in a nail biting 200m Kayak Double sprint. The European Champions and former University students battled against Belarus for second place as Russia took gold, defeated only at the finish line to take up the bronze position.
After, Schofield told the BBC: “"That was a long race and I didn't think we were going to make it to the line. The last few days have been horrible. We weren't happy with our heat and we were worried. But that start was amazing and we just about held on to get a medal."
In Athletics, the final of the men's 4x400m relay took place. The team fought hard from a difficult starting position in the eighth lane, and Martyn Rooney brought the team home only 0.3s away from the bronze medal. Rooney ran a world class 44.1s on the final leg.
Steve Lewis was also in action on the penultimate day of the athletics and went looking for his second British record in a number of weeks. The former college student in the end came in joint fifth place, with a height of 5.75m.
Former Loughborough Student Seyi Smith was part of the men’s 4x100m Canadian team who sadly, having finished third in the final, were disqualified for a poor baton change over.
Lisa Dobriskey did well to come back from a career threatening illness to finish tenth in the women's 1500m final. Also of note was Sophie Hitchon who qualified for the women's Hammer final with a new British record and competed well in the final coming 12th overall.
Lee McConnell was part of the women's 4x400m relay team who came a respectable fifth in their final that was won by a very strong USA team.
A superb weekend was rounded off with the closing ceremony on Sunday night.
London will now play host to the Paralympic Games between August 29 and September 9, and with 17 athletes competing with Loughborough connections, the Paralympics promises to be as exciting and jam packed as the Olympics. We’ll be following the action on the London 2012 website and ‘As it happens’ pages.