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London 2012 Games

Richard Smith being interviewed

Loughborough University’s athletes at London 2012

Loughborough University has seen some of the finest athletes and sportspeople study and train on campus. Find out more about how our athletes’ preparations for London 2012 are progressing.

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Researchers from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Loughborough is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and engineers who can provide an insight into a variety of topics from physiology and motivation to the latest cutting-edge sports technology.

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Jessica Ennis at Loughborough International Athletics 2012

Sporting excellence at Loughborough University

Loughborough University is recognised, nationally and internationally, for its high level teaching and research in the sport and exercise sciences and is a focus for the development of sporting excellence.

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Olympic Torch

Olympic Torch Relay at Loughborough University

On July 3, the University welcomed the Olympic Torch onto campus on day 46 of its 8,000 mile trip around the UK. Take a look at the journey and discover more about some of the key points along the route.

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As it happens



Day 9 Fri 07 September


  • Kieran Tscherniawsky Discus Throw (F32/33/34) Final 10th
  • Richard Whitehead 100m (T42) Round 1: 3rd 19.97 Q
  • Richard Whitehead 100m (T42) Final: 7th place 12.99

Table Tennis 

  • Aaron McKibbin Team (Class 6-8)  Semi finals: GB vs Poland 2-3
  • Aaron McKibbin Bronze medal match GB vs Germany 3-0 Bronze

Wheelchair Basketball (Women) 

  • Natasha Davies,
    Judith Hamer,
    Clare Strange,
    Laurie Williams (Classification play off) GB vs Mexico 59-37 7th place overall



London 2012: the glory and the guilt 8 August 2012

Loughborough sports psychologist Chris Hardwood says it’s natural for athletes to be apologetic in the immediate aftermath of a disappointing result, if they don’t perform as expected, particularly in front of a home crowd.

Source: The Guardian

Higher education’s five chariots of fire 6 August 2012

Almost a fifth of the athletes competing for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics are current or former students from five UK universities, with Loughborough having produced just three fewer competitors than the next four universities put together.

Source: Times Higher Education

Universities play role in developing athletes 7 August 2012

Chris Earle, Loughborough’s director of sport, explains how British universities are helping the country’s athletes, are helping athletes to achieve both in the sport and education.

Source: Financial Times