August 15, 2016, by Lindsay Hall
Medal success on the water!
It’s been a busy few days in Rio with some outstanding performances from our athletes who have all now competed in their respective sports! We’ve been cheering them on throughout the competition and shared in the commiseration and celebration as they’ve gone from tear-inducing lows to medal-wielding highs.
Our remaining alumni have scooped two silver medals over the weekend with the biggest success taking place out on the water in the canoe slalom and the rowing.
After clocking a time of 102.01 seconds (+0.43 behind the Slovakian gold medallist team) there was a nail biting wait for David Florence and teammate Richard Hounslow, as they had to watch the German pair navigate the course before their silver medal could be confirmed. A fantastic result for David who missed out on a medal in the C1 slalom last week.
2005 graduate Melanie Wilson was part of the Women’s eight rowing team who powered from the back of the pack at the halfway point to a photo-finish, claiming the silver medal and scooping the first ever Olympic medal won by a British women’s eight!
Over on the badminton courts at Riocentro, NBL star Chris Adcock – playing alongside wife Gabby Adcock in the mixed doubles – was unable to follow up on his Commonwealth success after losing 18-21, 27-25, 21-9 against their Polish opponents, ending their medal bid and exiting the competition. It was an early exit for Adam Cwalina too in the Men’s doubles as he also failed to make it out of the group stages, representing Poland in the men’s doubles.
From hockey to rugby, rowing to canoeing – we’re extremely proud of all our alumni that have taken part in the Rio Olympic Games. We’ve enjoyed following them all through their heats and opening stages – despite the late nights and time difference! We’ll be keeping tabs on how they all do over the coming years and look forward to hopefully seeing them again in Tokyo 2020.
In the meantime, you’ll be able to see Chris Adcock and Adam Cwalina in action in the University of Nottingham badminton team as part of the National Badminton League (NBL) season which kicks off in October. Home matches this year will take place in our £40 million David Ross Sports Village across the 20 badminton courts and you can find the dates for all of these on the NBL website.