Commonwealth Games 2022 roundup

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Loughborough highlights, day four

Loughborough’s medal rush continued in earnest on another incredible day at the Commonwealth Games.

In weightlifting, alumnus Chris Murray set a new Commonwealth Games record on the way to winning gold in the Men’s 81kg category.

Chris, 23, posted a combined total of 325kg to take a maiden Commonwealth medal at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. To read the full report on Chris’ success, click the below link:

Sophie Capewell and Abbie Wood added to their 2022 Commonwealth Games medals with more stunning performances on the track and in the pool respectively.

Alumnus Joe Litchfield and Loughborough College learner Jacob Whittle earnt Team England another superb silver in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay. To read the full report on another huge medal haul, see the below link:

Staying in the pool, both James Wilby and Adam Peaty eased through to tomorrow’s 50m breaststroke final. Peaty clocked an impressive 27.03 with Wilby close behind in an equally strong time of 27.65.

Hockey alumnae Beth Bingham, Hannah Cozens, Phoebe Richards, Sarah Jones, and Leah Wilkinson all played for Wales in a one-sided affair versus Ghana.

After relentless pressure, Wales finally made the breakthrough in the second half through Loughborough’s Wilkinson before further goals made it 3-0.

Bingham, making her 100th international appearance, added further gloss to the scoreline with the home nation’s final goal in a deserved 4-0 win. The victory was Wales’ first win of the pool stages.

Over in Pool B, Scotland Women eased past Kenya, 11-0, with alumna Robyn Collins keeping a clean sheet in defence for the Scots.

In the Men’s competition, Scotland lost a 5-4 thriller to South Africa in Pool A. Alumni Andy Bull, Murray Collins, Ed Greaves, and Robbie Shepherdson all featured.

England Men’s side came back from 3-0 and 4-1 down to eventually draw 4-4 against India in an incredible match in Pool B.

In the final quarter, after India were reduced to eight outfield players following foul play, the hosts poured forward, and Nicholas Bandurak finished from close-range to deservedly equalise and send the home crowd wild.

Loughborough-linked James Mazarelo (current student), Stuart Rushmere (current student), Chris Griffiths (alumnus), David Condon (alumnus), and Sam Ward (former player), all played their part as the host nation claimed an unlikely and thrilling draw.

England netball continued their fine form in Pool B by beating Northern Ireland 71-27. Alumna Jade Clarke played all four quarters.

Elsewhere, sadly both England and Scotland lost their wheelchair basketball semi-finals after defeats to Australia (8-6) and Canada (12-5) respectively. Both will now face off in Tuesday’s bronze medal match (17:30 start) with another Loughborough medal guaranteed for the winners.

Finally, Loughborough Sport played a key role as Team England won gold in the Men's Triples lawn bowls event. Colleagues have been supporting the squad in a number of disciplines including physiology, strength & conditioning, psychology, and sport science.