Silvers for Warren and Mackie as GBR lose to Japan
University of Bath graduates Gary Warren and Hector Mackie had to settle for silver as the Great Britain men’s football team went down 2-0 to Japan in the World University Games final.
Team GBR dispatched Brazil in a semi-final penalty shootout to book a place in yesterday’s final in Shenzhen, China.
The silver medal is the GBR football team’s best performance yet at a World University Games.
It means three University of Bath athletes return home with medals following swimmer Jess Dickons’ gold in the 200m butterfly.
Gary Warren, who graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bath, captained the GBR men’s football team in Shenzhen. He said he was delighted to win silver.
“I’m feeling very happy. We started back in Sweden where we set our sights on one hurdle at a time,” said Warren, who had netted from the spot in the 4-3 penalty shootout against Brazil after the semi-final had remained goalless in 90 minutes.
“The first hurdle was to get out of the group and we managed to do that and the second hurdle was then to try and get ourselves a medal,” he added.
“The group of lads we’ve got have been outstanding all the way through. We’re obviously disappointed not to win a gold but we have played against some really high class nations and to come away with a silver medal in this tournament away from home in a different climate is something to be really proud of.”
Mackie, who completed a Foundation Degree in Sports Performance, came on late in the final, but Japan took the spoils.
University of Bath students and graduates who are representing Great Britain at the Games receive funding from the University’s Elite Athlete Support Fund, which is kindly donated by Alumni.
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