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Team England, left to right, Alex Yee, Sophie Coldwell, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Sam Dickinson celebrate winning gold in the Mixed Relay on day three of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Picture provided by PA/Alamy.

Double gold for Loughborough in Commonwealth triathlon events

Loughborough-linked athletes played a vital role as Team England secured two goal medals in the triathlon events on day three at the Commonwealth Games.

Loughborough-based Commonwealth champion Alex Yee and alumna Sophie Coldwell both produced tremendous legs as the home nation lit up Sutton Park in the Mixed Team Relay.

Coldwell flawlessly executed each of her disciplines in the second leg, extending England’s unassailable lead over the chasing pack.  

The team, which also included Sam Dickinson and Georgia Taylor-Brown, finished well ahead of Wales in second and Australia in third.

Earlier in the day Loughborough-based Dave Ellis, guided by Luke Pollard, dominated the Men’s Para-triathlon to take gold.

The four-time world champion’s victory never looked in doubt, crossing the line well ahead of chasing Australian pair Sam Harding and Jonathan Goerlach.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Ellis said: "It was an awesome day…I think we just hammered the bike, and no-one was really feeding back the distance."

Sunday’s victory will offer a small amount of redemption for Ellis, who suffered heartbreak at the 2021 Paralympic Games following a broken bike chain which caused him to withdraw from the competition.

In the same race, alumnus Oscar Kelly (sporting newly dyed red hair) caught the eye in more ways than one, eventually finishing 5th – just outside the podium places.

Elsewhere, Loughborough College learner Fraer Morrow won the final medal of Saturday evening, as she took a brilliant bronze in Women’s 55kg weightlifting category.

Loughborough’s dedicated 2022 Commonwealth Games website features all the latest news, videos, and medal tables from Birmingham.

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