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James Wilby with his Gold Medal during the Medal Ceremony. Image provided by PA/Alamy.

More medals for Loughborough on an unforgettable night in Birmingham

  • Alumnus James Wilby wins incredible Men’s 100m breaststroke gold
  • Current student Sophie Capewell wins bronze in Women’s 500m time trial
  • Alumna Abbie Wood wins bronze in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Loughborough athletes James Wilby, Sophie Capewell, and Abbie Wood all medalled on an unforgettable night at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Alumnus James Wilby produced one of the all-time great championship swims to win a stunning gold in the 100m breaststroke final.

The Chemistry graduate, 28, powered through to take the title in 59.25 and in turn claim his second medal of the week following his 200m breaststroke silver.

On a night of high drama, Fellow Loughborough swimmer Adam Peaty finished in 4th position.

In cycling, current student Sophie Capewell dug deep to win a brilliant bronze medal in the Women’s 500m time trial.  Capewell showed incredible resilience to overcome the disappointment of missing out on the podium yesterday to take a maiden Commonwealth medal.

Back in the pool, Alumna Abbie Wood won her third medal of the Games after her exceptional third leg in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay flipped the race in Team England’s favour as the home nation won bronze.

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Sophie Capewell with her Bronze Medal. Picture provided by PA/Alamy.

Following his gold medal win, James Wilby said: “I love racing and racing alongside Peaty is always so much fun. I was able to execute my race the best I could.

“We’re both great racers, we all know what Adam is capable of, we’ll both be back to race each other again and it’s always going to be an exciting one. That one was really fun.

“It’s about taking your opportunities and I’m so thrilled with that. There’s more to come, there’s always more races and I’m really looking forward to them.”

Sophie Capewell also spoke about her bronze in women’s 500m time trial: “It has been a long time since I’ve done a 500m in competition, the last time I did it I was nearly a second slower. But training has been going well and this means a lot.

“I’ve got some good form, I’m just lacking a bit of repeatability. It has been frustrating as I know what I need to do, I just need my legs to keep up with me. I knew if I had one big hit today I could see something good and I’m really proud of what I just did.”

Loughborough has now won 11 medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games – four gold, four silver, and two bronze medals.

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

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