Wealth of Olympic talent based at University of Bath

14 August 2008

A total of nine athletes and four coaches representing three countries competing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games train at the University of Bath’s state of the art facilities.

Beijing 2008 was the fifth Olympic experience for University of Bath Swimming Club’s Mark Foster, who was Team GB flag bearer along with Maltese judoka Marcon Bezzina, who had the honour of leading the Maltese contingent out at the Opening Ceremony.

The entire Team GB modern pentathlon squad of Katie Livingston, Heather Fell, Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale train at the University of Bath facilities as do Craig Pickering, who competes in the men’s 100m and 4x100m relay, Dale Garland, who is running the 4x400m relay and 800m runner; Marilyn Okoro, who graduated from the University of Bath a year ago with a French and Politics degree. Barbados’s Olympic swimmer Andrei Cross is also based in Bath.

In terms of coaching staff, Team Bath’s Jurgen Klinger is coaching the Maltese judo team and Fridrich Foldes, Jan Barton and Istyan Nemeth are part of Team GB’s modern pentathlon staff.

The modern pentathlon competition gets underway on Thursday 21 August, track athletes Craig Pickering and Marilyn Okoro are in action tomorrow and Dale Garland runs in the 4x400m on Friday 22 August.

Mark Foster finished sixth in today’s 50m freestyle heats and does not progess, despite the 38 year old swimming an impressive time of 22.35s.

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