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8 October 2010 | PR 10/153

Fabulous Friday for Loughborough swimmers and athletes


Liam Tancock.

With over 40 titles to be won on day five of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, today (8 October 2010) was called ‘Fabulous Friday’.

It has certainly been a fabulous day for Loughborough, winning nine medals today across the sports of athletics, swimming and badminton.

Loughborough swimmers have won six medals today and 13 in total during the Games.

Liam Tancock defended his 100 metres backstroke title. Leading from the start the Loughborough College student extended his lead off the turn using his awesome under water kick, moving away from the field in the last thirty five metres of the race.  Liam also set a new Commonwealth Games Record time of 53.59.

Speaking to BBC Sport Liam said;

“To come away with victory feels pretty cool. Everyone says I'm a 50 metres swimmer but I know I'm not. The 100 metres is my distance, the Olympic distance, and I've been training really hard. Sometimes it's just about racing tough."

Fran Halsall took the silver medal in the 50 metres freestyle, won by Yolana Kukla from Australia. Fran, still recovering from illness, pushed in the final twenty metres but couldn't overhaul the leader.

Fran has won a gold, silver and bronze in individual events at the Games. Fellow Loughborough finalist Amy Smith finished in seventh place.

In the last final of the day Fran Halsall and Amy Smith returned to the pool to win silver medals as part of the England Women's 4x100 metres freestyle relay team, finishing second behind Australia.

Lizzie Simmonds won a silver medal in the 200 metres backstroke.  Lizzie took a grip on the race from the gun taking the field through the halfway mark. She moved away from the field slightly at the third turn but Megan Nay started to catch her, overhauling Lizzie in the last five metres to take the gold, with Lizzie three tenths of second behind.

Joe Roebuck made it two Individual Medley (IM) medals in two days. Yesterday the Loughborough College student won a silver medal in the 400 metres IM, this afternoon in the pool in Delhi he won another silver in the shorter 200 metres IM. Joe swam a great race, moving away from his rivals on the freestyle leg to take a well deserved silver medal.

Kate Haywood won a bronze medal in the women's 100 metres breaststroke final. Down the second 50 metres Kate fought it out for the silver, as Leisel Jones extended her winning lead. The last ten metres proved vital for the silver medal with Samantha Marshall just edging out Kate.

Kate has only been back in the pool training since January due to a hip operation last September. This is her second bronze medal of the Games.

On the track there was a 1-2-3 for England with Andy Turner and William Sharman claiming gold and silver.

Turner, who used to train at Loughborough, capped a fantastic year by claiming gold, his second major title. Sharman, an MSc Banking and Finance graduate sport scholar picked up the silver.

In badminton England bounced back from semi-final defeat yesterday to take bronze in the mixed team competition with victory against Singapore.

Loughborough based player Anthony Clark and men’s doubles partner Nathan Robertson saw England home 3-1, winning their match 21-12, 21-11. The bronze was the sixth Commonwealth Games medal for Clark , who also reached the milestone of winning 100 caps for England during the Games.

Loughborough athletes have now won 18 medals at the Commonwealth Games; 4 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze.

Follow all the action on http://www.lboro.ac.uk/delhi2010 and on our live twitter updates: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/delhi2010/action/index.html

Thanks to www.loughboroughswimming.com for their help.


For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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