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Loughborough University launches Rio 2016 website

With 200 days to go until the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Loughborough University launched its dedicated website which will follow the progress of current and former students on their ‘Road to Rio’.

With two Loughborough graduates already selected as part of Team GB, Loughborough is expecting to have an extremely strong presence in Brazil next summer.

After podium finishes at the Rio Test Event and the World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, Vicky Holland has secured her spot as one of the three female triathletes going to the Olympic Games. Joining her on Team GB is slalom canoeist and 2008 Olympian Fiona Pennie.

The British men’s and women’s hockey teams have also secured their 2016 Olympic berths, and whilst there will almost certainly be Loughborough presence, the final squad has yet to be announced. Like most sports, this announcement won’t come until much closer to 5th August, when the Olympic Games get underway.

On the Paralympic side, Loughborough won 6 medals at London 2012, but could well win more in Rio. Subject to selection alumnus Dan Greaves will be going for an incredible fifth straight Paralympic medal in the F44 discus, which would mark the end of a sterling Paralympic career.

To keep up to date with selections and to read and watch features on a number of Loughborough’s sporting stars, head to www.lboro.ac.uk/rio2016

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Press release reference number: PR 16/08

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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