Silver for Olver at Glasgow 2014

28 July 2014

University of Bath graduate Heather Olver collected a silver medal for helping England to second place in the team badminton competition at the Glasgow 204 Commonwealth Games today (Monday).

Olver, who has a Coach Education and Sports Development degree from the University, featured in the earlier rounds of the competition but did not play in today’s final against Malaysia, where England went down 3-1.

Her silver medal joins the bronze she won for England in the same competition in Delhi four years ago.

She is now based at Badminton England’s National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

University of Bath-based swimmer Jemma Lowe just missed out of the medals in a close finish in the 200m butterfly. The Welsh swimmer came home in fifth.

Earlier Kristian Callaghan, an Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering student, shot a personal best to finish second in the qualifying round of the 50m pistol to comfortably book a place in the final.

However, the Commonwealth Games debutant was the fourth of the eight finalists to be eliminated, to finish fifth overall.

Medals won by athletes with University of Bath links

Gold – 4

Megan Fletcher (judo – under-70kg, England, day 2)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (swimming – 100m backstroke, England, day 2)
Zoe Smith (weightlifting – under-58kg, England, day 3)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 200m individual medley, England, day 4)

Silver – 7

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 200m freestyle, England, day 1)
Amelia Maughan & Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 4x100m freestyle relay, England, day 1)
Michael Jamieson (swimming – 200m breaststroke, Scotland, day 1)
Tom Reed (judo – under-81kg, England, day 2)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 100m butterfly, England, day 2)
Gemma Gibbons (judo – under-78kg, England, day 3)
Heather Olver (badminton – team competition, England, day 5)

Bronze – 6

Andrew Willis (swimming – 200m breaststroke, England, day 1)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (swimming – 4x100m freestyle, England, day 2)
Calum Jarvis (swimming – 200m freestyle, Wales, day 2)
Andy Burns (judo – under-90kg, Scotland, day 3)
Gary Hall (judo – under-90kg, England, day 3)
Amelia Maughan & Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (swimming – 4x200m freestyle relay, England, day 3)

More than 70 athletes with University of Bath links have been selected to compete at Glasgow 2014. They will represent 10 countries and compete in 11 sports, so be sure to find out when they’re in action and keep track of the results.

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Photo: Heather Olver in action at the Games – Badminton Photo.

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