There was great success at the athletics track today where two Loughborough athletes picked up medals in the women’s T38 final. Sophie Hahn who listens to Beyonce before every race can now truly say she runs the world after completing the full set of medals. Hahn stormed to victory in the T38 100m final, breaking the line in a new Games record time of 12.46seconds. That means Hahn at the age of only 21 has now completed the clean sweep of Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth medals in her career. On the experience she said:
“I think it is amazing that we can run at the Commonwealths, able-bodied and para athletes all on one team and I am absolutely honoured to have my event here. I have always wanted to be Commonwealth champion and to do that in Australia is just absolutely fantastic”.
Loughborough-based Olivia Breen also competed in the event and managed to bag a bronze medal after already having won gold in the T38 long jump earlier this week.
Current student Niamh Everson also had a good day as she started her heptathlon campaign today. She ran 14.08 in the hurdles, jumped 1.84 in the high jump, threw 12.13 in the shot put and won her 200m heat with 24.83. At the end of the first day, Everson has racked up 3568 points and will continue to challenge for a podium position tomorrow.
In the discus circle, Loughborough-based Zane Duquemin, representing his native Jersey here, competed in the men’s qualification where he threw 57.66m. This saw him placing fourth in the qualifiers, which means he will come back tomorrow to challenge for a medal in his second Commonwealth Games. Loughborough-based Zac Shaw competed in the men’s T12/12 100m today where he finished sixth in his heat with 11.58.
On the badminton court, alumna and Commonwealth bronze medallist Chloe Birch won her doubles round 2-0 together with Jessica Pugh today against Guernsey duo Elena Johnson and Chloe le Tissier. She also won her single’s round of 16 with 2-0 against Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour. Fellow alum Martin Campbell (SCO) unfortunately lost his doubles match against Canadian duo Ho-Shue and Yakura 2-0.
The play-offs of the women’s netball also took place today, where alumna Ella Gibbons and her Scottish Thistles finished ninth playing against Barbados. Alumna Michelle Drayne, Niamh Cooper and Oona McCullough of Northern Ireland finished eight in their play-off against Malawi, with current student and Uganda national Peace Proscovia finishing sixth playing against South Africa. Lightning players Beth Cobden, Ella Clarke, and alumna Ama Agbeze, Jade Clarke and Jo Harten of England will go up against fellow Lightning player Shamera Sterling and her Jamaica in the semi-finals on Saturday at 6.00am UK time.
On the hockey pitch, alumna Robyn Collins played against Malaysia today for seventh place and won 4-2. Alumna Giselle Ansley, Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth, Suzy Petty and current student Elle Rayer played in the semi-finals of the women’s hockey today against New Zealand. It was an incredibly tight game were the score stayed 0-0 until the end when the teams went head to head in a shoot-out. England scored one penalty with New Zealand scoring two. This means England will play for a bronze medal on Saturday.