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Olivia Broome wins bronze

Great Britain and Loughborough's Olivia Broome on the podium after winning the bronze medal in the Women's -50 kg Final at the Paralympic Games. Image provided by PA / Alamy.

Brilliant bronze for Loughborough’s Broome

Olivia Broome produced the performance of her life to win a brilliant bronze at the Paralympic Games.

The 19-year-old current University student lifted 107kg in the women’s -50kg powerlifting category to make the podium in her first-ever Games.

In a tough field, Broome completed the third-best lift of the day – edging out her nearest opponent by just 1kg – as Dandan Hu (China) won gold and Rehab Ahmed (Egypt) took silver.

Ahead of the competition, Broome told Loughborough Sport how she planned on managing the nerves and the weightlifter from Chorley looked assured throughout to make history for ParalympicsGB.

Elsewhere in powerlifting, Loughborough-based Ali Jawad finished a respectable sixth in the men’s -59kg category.

Broome’s bronze is Loughborough’s second medal at the 2020 Paralympics following Crystal Lane-Wright’s silver on the opening day.

Loughborough University has launched a new initiative for those looking to support the future of Para sport on campus. By supporting the Para Sport programme, individuals can make a profound impact to a young person’s life. To find out more and how to donate, click HERE.

For more information on Loughborough and its presence at the Paralympic Games, visit the dedicated website HERE.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 21/179

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.

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