Photograph courtesy of London 2012
Olympics – weekend round up
6 August 2012
It was a huge weekend at the Games for Team GB with headline medals for Jess Ennis, Mo Farah, Ben Ainslie, Greg Rutherford, numerous rowers, Andy Murray, Ed Clancy and many more.
Loughborough were in action in a number of events on the second weekend of the Games including the women's triathlon, a number of swimming finals, athletics events and the men's hockey.
Lucy Hall made a name for herself as a future star of women's triathlon as she led both swim and bike in the Olympic final. Lucy who is just 20 years old, was brought into the team to help Helen Jenkins achieve her dream of gold and finished in 33rd place.
She has been well recognised for the hard work she put in to help Helen and must now look to Rio where she can compete for a medal herself. Also in action in the event were Vicky Holland who ended in 26th position, and Jess Harrison of France who came through in ninth after a very strong competition.
Daniel Fogg made his first Olympic final in the men's 1500m freestyle, an unexpected surprise for the young Loughborough swimmer who goes in the men's open water competition later this week. Dan did well to try and stick with the pace but finished in eighth place while the winner, from China, broke the world record.
Fran Halsall was also in action in the women's 50m freestyle final and ended her campaign in fifth place, 0.02 seconds off bronze.
The women’s GB Football team includes a number of athletes who were based at Loughborough with the FA Women's Player Development Centre. They had a fantastic round in their group and faced Canada in their quarterfinal match.
The team played a strong second half, but weren’t able to get back into the match and were defeated 2-0, being knocked out of the quarterfinals.
The Olympic track and field finals started to come thick and fast for Team GB. Martyn Rooney and Rhys Williams both made it to the semi-finals of their events (400m and 400m Hurdles respectively) but were not able to progress to the finals.
Alex Smith and Chris Thompson competed in the finals of their events (Hammer and 10,000m) with Alex placing 12th in his first major final. Chris finished 25th after Mo Farah ran spectacularly to claim gold for GB.
On Sunday Robbie Grabarz qualified in first place in the men's High Jump after clearing 2.29m in the Qualification round.
The men's hockey team battled back on Sunday night from 3-0 down against world champions Australia to complete a 3-3 draw. This places the men second in their group with one match to go against Spain on Tuesday.