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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Loughborough highlights, day six

Loughborough continued its streak of medals at the Commonwealth Games after another remarkable night of action on day six.

Alumnus James Wilby added another gold to his personal Birmingham 2022 collection, whilst there were also historic medals for Daniel Wiffen, Lauren Cox, Anna Hopkin, Molly Renshaw, and Daryl Neita. To read the full report, see the below link:

Wednesday saw another electric night at the Alexander Stadium as athletics once again took centre stage.

In the Men’s discus F42-44/61-64 final, Loughborough icon Dan Greaves came close to yet another podium but just missed out by finishing 4th. Even though the defending champion threw further (54.66) than eventual gold medallist Aled Davies, the Welshman was still crowned champion as he recorded a Games record.

This is due to the competition combing different para-athletic classes with the result based on points rather than distance.

Elsewhere, in the Women’s 10,000m, Jess Judd, the current Regenerative Medicine PhD finished a brave 5th with a time of 31:18.47. As over in high jump, Loughborough-based Joel Clarke-Khan performed well to also finish 5th with a jump of 2.22m.

In hockey, alumna Charlotte Watson’s Commonwealth Games campaign sadly came to an end as Scotland Women hockey were defeated 2-0 by Australia. In the Men’s side of the draw, Wales recorded a thumping 6-1 victory against Ghana with alumnus Owain Dolan-Gray scoring their final goal.

The action continued in the heats at Alexander Stadium with several Loughborough athletes catching the eye.

In the Men’s 800m, Jamie Webb won his heat in 1:48.86 to qualify for the final on Sunday (7.35pm). The PhD Chemistry student, who was a late replacement for Team England, said:

“I was first reserve and if there was any motivation to stay fit and get your head down it was competing here. Part of this game is staying healthy, not just staying fit, and you've got to take your chances when they come along. I'm feeling really strong. [I want to] win the heat, win the final, that's always my expectation. I know I can be medalling in finals at the world stage.”

Loughborough College learner Zac Shaw stormed to victory in the Men’s 100m T11/12 heat to progress to tomorrow’s final (8.10pm). Shaw clocked 11.01 seconds and is understandably pleased with his performance:

“In Gold Coast, I didn’t make it out of the heat. I came second but with the way qualification was, I didn’t get through so this time I knew I had to win the heat. After about 40 or 50 [metres], I felt quite comfortable, so I didn’t want to push too hard…this is a special moment, it’s the sort of thing you get maybe once, twice in a lifetime. It’s a proud moment."