Team Bath wins big in Rio

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University of Bath-based athletes played a major role in Team GB’s remarkable summer Olympics in Rio, contributing an impressive six medals – four silvers and two bronze – to a record-breaking 67 medals.14066364_1114181241951439_3563333628148469624_o

Great Britain smashed their medal target of 48, broke records along the way and even caused a major stir by finishing second above China in the medals table.

The statistics show just how spectacular Team GB were in Rio. Of all the 31 sports at the Olympics, Team GB ended up on the podium 19 times – a strike rate of 61%. Great Britain dominated the cycling events, winning six of the ten disciplines and picking up eleven medals in total, nine more than the Dutch and the Germans in joint second. Rowing was also another highlight for Team GB where they picked up three golds. Great Britain also performed brilliantly in the gymnastics events, finishing third overall behind the US and Russia.

Seventeen athletes who base their training at the University of Bath were selected for Team GB across a variety of disciplines. They all performed fantastically well, helping to make Rio the most successful games in Team GB’s history.

In the pool is where Bath made their mark most prominently, winning four silvers across multiple events. Siobhan Marie O’Connor made history, becoming Britain’s first ever medallist in the women’s 200m individual medley where she won a silver medal. Jazz Carlin became Team GB’s first double medallist in Rio after winning a silver medal in both the women’s 400m and 800m medley. Finally, Chris Walker-Hebborn secured a silver medal in the men’s 4x100m relay along with Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott.

Outside of the pool, Bath put in some fantastic performances. Eilidh Doyle and Emily Diamond were part of the women’s 4x400m relay team along with Anyika Onuora and Christine Ohuruogu. This medal was particularly special as it took Team GB beyond 65 medals in total, making it their best-ever games on record.

Great Britain's (Left-Right) Christine Ohuruogu, Emily Diamond, Eilidh Doyle and Anyika Onuora receive their bronze medals for the Women's 4 x 400m relay at the Olympic Stadium on the fifteenth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.

Great Britain’s (Left-Right) Christine Ohuruogu, Emily Diamond, Eilidh Doyle and Anyika Onuora receive their bronze medals for the Women’s 4 x 400m relay at the Olympic Stadium on the fifteenth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.

Team Bath director of sport, Stephen Baddeley paid tribute to all the University-based athletes who represented Great Britain at Rio.

“In many sports the Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of achievement,” Baddeley said. “For so many University of Bath-based athletes to compete at Rio demonstrates the incredible hard work they have each put in.

“We are delighted to have so many talented athletes based at the Sports Training Village and their achievements in Brazil have done the University proud.”

With the Olympics now finished, attention will now turn to the Paralympics, which takes place between September 7 and 18th.

Five University of Bath-based athletes will be competing at the Paralympics where they will be hoping to continue the successes that Great Britain have made thus far. On the track, Paul Blake and Sophie Kamlish make their second Olympic appearances after a successful games in London. Triple World Champion and bronze and silver Olympic medallist Paul Blake will have his eyes set firmly on gold in Rio. After setting a new national record in the T44 100m, Sophie Kamlish will also be looking to put in a strong performance in Rio and compete for the medals. In wheelchair fencing, world number one, Piers Gilliver will also be looking to add to his already outstanding haul of medals when he competes in Rio.

It certainly has been a historic games for Great Britain and the University of Bath can definitely be proud of their contribution to the medal haul as well. The future looks bright for Bath-based athletes too with a number of rising young stars developing their talents at the Sports Training Village. Although Rio 2016 has just come to an end, the hard work for Tokyo 2020 has already begun.

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Marco Scozzafava is the Sports Editor at bathimpact (2015/16). He writes about both University of Bath and national sport. He is a bathimpact reporter for University of Bath, Students’ Union and local politics.

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