University of Bath-based athletes Jack Green and Dai Greene finished agonisingly close to the medals in the 4x400m relay, finishing just 0.13 seconds off the bronze medal place in fourth.
Jack, a Sports Performance student, ran the second leg and handed the baton over to Dai, with Martyn Rooney taking the final leg and bringing Team GB home just behind the team from Trinidad and Tobago.
Afterwards Dai, who had also finished fourth in the 400m hurdles earlier in the Games, said: “We all gave it 100 per cent. We did a really good job and I’m proud of the effort everyone put in.”
Jack said: “It’s a shame to miss out by 0.1 in front of a home crowd. The boys stepped up but everyone else stepped it up a little bit more.”
Jack and Dai are both coached by Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics National Events Coach Hurdles.
Eilidh Child, also coached by Malcolm Arnold, helped the women’s 4x400m relay team to third place in the semis, booking a place in Saturday’s final.
But there was disappointment for Sports Performance student Danny Talbot as the GB 4x100m relay team were disqualified.
Meanwhile, the GB rhythmic gymnastics group rounded off their history making first Olympic campaign with another fine performance in the second
The group of Louisa Pouli, Rachel Smith, Jade Falkner, Lynne Hutchison, Georgina Cassar and Francesca Fox finished with a score of 48.000 after the two-day competition.
The squad of six scored 24.150 on the first day, lying in 11th place, and unfortunately could not better this to finish inside the top eight and progress to the final.
After today’s ribbons and hoops display, Cassar said: “We hope we’ve inspired a generation of future gymnasts to take up what we’ve started. We’ve already had people phone our coach saying their daughters do artistic gymnastics but now they want to do rhythmic.”
“It would be great to have a home crowd every time we competed.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) Team GB’s modern pentathletes get their campaign underway. Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge, who both competed in Beijing four years ago, contest their second Olympic Games.
Medals won by athletes with University of Bath links
Silver: Michael Jamieson (Sports Performance) – swimming, 200m breaststroke
Gold: Heather Stanning (Sports Technology) & Helen Glover – rowing, women’s pair
Silver: Gemma Gibbons (Sports Performance) – judo, under-78kg
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