News Archive, Month: August 2016

Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke, Kate French and Samantha Murray of Pentathlon GB

Live blog – Rio Olympic Games day 15

20 August 2016

Pentathlon GB's Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong are in medal contention as the modern pentathlon events conclude on day 15 of the Rio Olympics. University of Bath Mathematics student Choong is ranked 8th after Thursday's fencing event, and he joins Cooke in heat six of the swimming event at the Deodoro Aquatics Centre. World number one Cooke will be looking to make up ground as he starts the day in 28th position. The swimming event is followed...

Rio 2016: Relay offers second shot at podium place for Eilidh Doyle after “strange” hurdles final

19 August 2016

University of Bath-based athlete Eilidh Doyle missed out on a medal in the 400m hurdles final but will have a second shot at a Rio 2016 Olympic Games podium place in the 4x400m relay over the weekend. Doyle, coached by Malcolm Arnold at the Sports Training Village, was unable to get into contention from the inside lane of the hurdles final overnight and had to settle for eighth place in 54.61. “It’s a really strange...

Mathematics student Joe Choong, of Pentathlon GB, outside the University of Bath library

Rio 2016: Student Joe Choong firmly in contention after fantastic first Olympic modern pentathlon appearance

19 August 2016

University of Bath student Joe Choong enjoyed a strong start to his Olympic debut as the fencing ranking rounds got the Rio 2016 modern pentathlon competitions under way on Thursday. Choong, who studies Mathematics and is supported by an Ivor Powell Sports Scholarship, secured 22 victories from his 35 bouts in the Deodoro Youth Arena. That was the fourth-highest number of hits but an unfortunate late red card cost him a ten-point penalty and dropped...

Team Bath MCTA’s Megan Davies serves up double success at National Juniors

19 August 2016

There was double delight for Megan Davies as Team Bath MCTA Tennis players enjoyed yet another successful year at the National Junior Tennis Championships in Nottingham. Davies, supported by coaches Melanie South and Jim Edgar, dominated the U18 Girls’ Singles competition, sweeping through the draw before beating Scotland’s Alex Hunter 6-1 6-4 in the final. She then teamed up with Hunter to win the U18 Girls’ Doubles title, beating Team Bath MCTA’s Camille Verden-Anderson and...

Kate French and Samantha Murray of Pentathlon GB, May 2016

Live blog – Rio Olympic Games day 14

19 August 2016

Kate French and Samantha Murray will be looking to continue Team GB's proud tradition of winning a medal in every women's modern pentathlon competition since Sydney 2000 when they complete their Rio 2016 competition on Friday. The University of Bath graduates have work to do after the fencing on Thursday but are both strong performers on the international stage, with Murray having won a silver medal at London 2012. You can follow live coverage of...

Japanese delegates seek 2019 Rugby World Cup hosting advice from University of Bath

18 August 2016

A delegation of Japanese experts, led by mayor of Beppu Yasuhiro Nagano, are visiting the Sports Training Village for advice ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Twelve delegates were given a tour of the University of Bath's sports facilities and presentations held ahead of a two-day visit during which they will learn the intricacies of hosting international rugby teams at the facility - Australia trained at the STV during last year's World Cup...

Mathematics student Joe Choong, of Pentathlon GB, outside the University of Bath library

Competing at an Olympic Games: Nutrition

18 August 2016

Nutrition's critical relationship with athlete performance has heightened in focus over the past decade and at major events such as Rio 2016, its role in athlete preparation is demonstrated on the world stage. Athletes such as modern pentathlete Joe Choong, who begins his Olympic Games on Thursday (August 18), bases his training regime around a dedicated and tailored diet - something he believes can't be overstated in importance when competing at the top level. "I believe nutrition is...

Rio 2016: Jazmin Sawyers is leading British long jumper on her Olympic debut

18 August 2016

University of Bath-based athlete Jazmin Sawyers was the highest-placed Brit in the Rio 2016 women’s long jump final in the early hours of Thursday morning. The 22-year-old cleared 6.69m to finish eighth overall on her Olympic debut – a result that Sawyers, who has jumped 6.86m this season, described as “good but not great”. “When you say it like that – ‘eighth in my first Olympic final’ – it’s good but I jumped 6.69 and...

Dr Stephanie Cook is inducted into the Hall of Fame for Sport, May 2016

Rio 2016: Olympic champ Stephanie Cook backs pentathletes to shine at Rio 2016

18 August 2016

She was the first-ever athlete to win an Olympic gold medal while training at the University of Bath and remains an inspiration to all at the Sports Training Village. Now Dr Stephanie Cook is confident of seeing more medallists follow in her celebrated footsteps when the modern pentathlon competitions take place over the next 48 hours. Cook and training partner Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively in the first-ever Olympic women’s modern pentathlon event...

Jamie Cooke of Pentathlon GB, May 2016

Live blog – Rio Olympic Games day 13

18 August 2016

Pentathlon GB quartet Kate French, Samantha Murray, Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke are the final University of Bath-based athletes to begin their Rio Olympic Games campaigns on Thursday. London 2012 silver medallist Murray and French get underway first, competing in the fencing event at the Youth Arena. In the same location the Pentathlon GB men Choong and world number one Cooke then begin their campaigns from 18.30 onwards. On the athletics track Eilidh Doyle contests her...

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