As we look back on London 2012 we applaud all the athletes associated with the University who have made it such a glorious Games, and take great pride in the Olympians who are bringing home medals:
Heather Stanning and Helen Glover win rowing gold
Bath graduate Heather Stanning and her rowing partner Helen Glover brought home Team GB’s first gold medal of the Games in the Women’s Pair on the first Wednesday of the Games. Both athletes were discovered through GB Rowing Team’s Start programme based here at the Sports Training Village.
This was a historic win as they became Britain’s first women Olympic rowing gold medallists.
Heather, a Sports Technology graduate, said: “I’m absolutely shattered and absolutely ecstatic all at the same time. I want to collapse but I’m just so overjoyed, I just want to jump around.”
Swimming silver for Michael Jamieson
Later that day Sports Performance student Michael Jamieson made it a winning Wednesday by swimming to silver in the 200m breaststroke.
He set a British record of 2:07.43 – Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta had to set a world record of 2:07.28 to edge Michael off the top spot on the podium.
Michael was joined in the final by Chemical Engineering student Andrew Willis who swam fantastically during his semi-final to qualify third fastest overall and finished in eighth place.
The pair train at the British Swimming Bath Intensive Training Centre which is based at the University.
Michael said: “It’s so much easier to swim when you’ve got a bit of confidence. I’ve had so many messages of support, it’s been unbelievable, I was desperate to get on the podium tonight to repay the support.
“I’ve gone over this in my head for so many years, I’m delighted.”
He also paid tribute to Andrew Willis, saying, “In a couple of years he’s definitely going to be the man to beat.”
Gemma Gibbons wins Silver in Judo
Gemma became Great Britain’s first Olympic judo medallist for 12 years.
Gemma graduated in Sports Performance in 2009 and trained with our head judo coach Juergen Klinger whilst completing her studies.
He said he was delighted to see her win silver. “I’m really happy for her because she is such a great person, a very talented girl and hard worker. She produced some fantastic performances today and winning a silver medal at an Olympic Games is a phenomenal performance.”
Gemma was coached at the competition by Britain’s last Olympic judo medallist, Kate Howey, who won silver at the Sydney 2000 Games when she also trained in Bath.
Modern pentathlon Silver for Samantha Murray
The 22-year-old produced a terrific all round performance to capture the fifth Olympic medal won by Britain’s pentathletes from the four Games since the sport for women made its Olympic debut in Sydney. It was Team GB’s 65th medal of the London 2012 Olympics.
Murray, who trains at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University, said: “I’m completely elated, it was such good fun today. It’s been an amazing day.
“It was an honour to compete in front of a home crowd, it was a complete dream to have them screaming for me. I was enjoying running in front of them so much I could have gone on for another 10 minutes. I’m so glad I could give something back.
“I feel humble and so very content. I’m also so happy for all the people who have stuck by me and supported me.”
Congratulations to all of the athletes in our Olympian Roll of Honour:
- Eilidh Child, athletics, 400m hurdles
- Lawrence Clarke, athletics, 110m hurdles
- Jack Green, athletics, 400m hurdles and 4×400m relay
- Dai Greene, athletics, 400m hurdles and 4×400m relay
- Lee Merrien, athletics, marathon
- Marilyn Okoro, athletics, 4×400m relay
- Andrew Pozzi, athletics, 110m hurdles
- Danny Talbot, athletics, 4×100m relay
- Hadia Hosny El Said, badminton (Egypt)
- Zara Dampney, beach volleyball
- Shauna Mullin, beach volleyball
- Natalia Sheppard, fencing
- Richard Mantell, hockey
- Emmanuel Nartey, judo
- Gemma Howell, judo
- Mhairi Spence, modern pentathlon
- Sam Weale, modern pentathlon
- Nick Woodbridge, modern pentathlon
- Georgina Cassar, rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around
- Jade Faulkner, rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around
- Frankie Fox, rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around
- Lynne Hutchison, rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around
- Louisa Pouli, rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around
- Rachel Smith, rhythmic gymnastics, group all-around
- Marcus Bateman, rowing, men’s openweight reserve
- Adam Freeman-Pask, rowing, men’s lightweight reserve
- Victoria Thornley, Rowing, women’s eight
- Siobahn-Marie O’Connor, swimming, 100m breaststroke
- Stacey Tadd, swimming, 200m breaststroke
- Chris Walker-Hebborn, swimming 100m and 200m backstroke
And to the athletes and squads from more than a dozen nations who have completed training at Bath ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.