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Alumnus James Wilby with his silver medal. Image provided by PA/Alamy.

Loughborough swimmers secure double silver delight

Loughborough-linked swimmers secured another two silver medals during an enthralling evening of action at the Commonwealth Games.

Alumnus James Wilby produced a gutsy performance in the Men’s 200m breaststroke to take second place – Team England’s first swimming medal in Birmingham.

The Chemistry graduate was roared on by yet another lively crowd as he hit the wall in 2:08.59 ahead of Scotland’s bronze medallist Ross Murdoch.  

The race was won by Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook in 2:08.07.

Following his silver this evening, Wilby now has six Commonwealth Games medals to his name after podium finishes at Glasgow 2014 (one) and Gold Coast 2018 (five).

"I mean that was one of those races where it was always going to take a big commitment. Ah, I would've loved to win but it was just such an incredible race,” he told BBC Sport.

“We’ve both had a bit of a challenging one this year [Wilby and Murdoch], so to come away with a medal means a lot to us both, so really happy with that."

In the final event of the night, Loughborough-based Anna Hopkin helped the hosts' mixed 4x100m freestyle relay team take another silver medal. Hopkin looked strong throughout her leg, holding off stiff competition from Canada and Wales respectively. 

Loughborough alumna Abbie Wood was also awarded a silver medal for her part in the heats.   

After the opening day in Birmingham, Loughborough’s medal tally stands at four – one gold, three silver.

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

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