As the first week of London Olympics 2012 draws to a close we are delighted by the performances of all the athletes that are associated with the University.
The first rowing gold
On Wednesday University of 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. 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.”
Sports Performance student Michael Jamieson completed a great day on Wednesday by winning silver in the 200m breaststroke.
Michael was joined in the final by Chemical Engineering student Andrew Willis who swam fantastically during his semi-final to qualify third fastest overall.
The pair train at the British Swimming Bath Intensive Training Centre which is based at the University. They both benefit from the expertise that has seen the centre named the “Bath Breaststroke Factory” in the media.
Interviewed by the BBC on Thursday, Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport said: “We are delighted to be associated with yesterdays performances.”
Silver for Judo
Former student Gemma Gibbons brought an emotional silver to the table on Thursday with a fantastic performance in the women’s under-78kg class. 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 becomes Great Britain’s first Olympic judo medallist for 12 years.
Take a look at the Olympic schedule and results for more about our athletes performances.