News Archive, Month: July 2021

Tokyo 2020: Sporting scholar Tom Dean says “there’s more left in the tank” as he qualifies for his first Olympic Games swimming final

26 July 2021

University of Bath sporting scholar Tom Dean will race in his first Olympic final at Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday and says he is targeting a podium place alongside fellow Brit Duncan Scott. Dean, coached by David McNulty at the Team Bath Sports Training Village with the British Swimming National Centre Bath, was fourth in the quickest of two 200m freestyle semi-finals on Monday morning in a time of 1:45.34. Compatriot Scott won that race and...

Tokyo 2020: Bath-based triathlon history-maker Vicky Holland “shooting for the top” as she competes in her third Olympic Games

26 July 2021

University of Bath-based triathlete Vicky Holland says she is “shooting for the top” as she goes into the third and final Olympic Games of her stellar career. After making her debut on home soil during the unforgettable London 2012 Games, Holland made history four years later when she became the first British woman to win an Olympic triathlon medal by bagging a brilliant bronze at Rio 2016. Now the 2018 World Champion is returning to...

Tokyo 2020: Bath-based Freya Anderson and graduate Anna Hopkin help Team GB set British relay record on Olympic final debuts

25 July 2021

Swimmers Freya Anderson and Anna Hopkin, who train and studied at the University of Bath respectively, helped set a second British record in 14 hours as Team GB finished a fine fifth overall in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. After winning their heat in 3:34.03 on Saturday, the quartet - led off brilliantly by Sport & Exercise Science graduate Hopkin in a lifetime best time of 53.16 and brought...

Tokyo 2020: Olympic debutant Deborah Fleming reflects on journey from netball and athletics with Team Bath to rugby sevens with Team GB

24 July 2021

Having worn the University of Bath’s famous Blue & Gold in netball and athletics, it is in rugby sevens that the multi-talented Deborah Fleming will be wearing the Red, White & Blue of Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Fleming played alongside future Team Bath Superleague players Mia Ritchie and Lois Rideout for the student netball club and also represented the University athletics team at national BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competitions...

Tokyo 2020: Bath-born high jump star Tom Gale proud to be representing Team GB and Team Bath on the Olympics stage

23 July 2021

High jump star Tom Gale says he is proud to be representing both Team GB and Team Bath when he makes his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. Bath-born Gale has been training in his home city throughout his sporting career, first joining Team Bath Athletics Club as a raw beginner eight years ago and honing his precocious talent at the Team Bath Sports Training Village to become one of the world’s leading high jumpers. Now...

Tokyo 2020: Who to watch and when as 20 University of Bath-based sportspeople and 12 graduates compete at Olympic Games

22 July 2021

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are finally here and we are looking forward to cheering on 20 sportspeople who train at the University of Bath as they compete on the biggest sporting stage of all. Twelve graduates of the University will also be representing their countries across a wide range of sports at the Games, which run until Sunday 8th August. All are dreaming of joining the celebrated ranks of Olympic...

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Tokyo 2020: How University of Bath swim coach’s flexible approach helped set Anna Hopkin on ‘incredible’ journey to Olympic debut

22 July 2021

When Anna Hopkin moved to the University of Bath in 2014, she joined the student swimming club with the goal of racing at student competitions and having a fun group to socialise with. Fast forward seven years and Hopkin is not only looking forward to making her Olympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020 but also eyeing a place on the podium with Team GB. The explosive freestyle sprinter was a talented junior swimmer while growing...

Tokyo 2020: Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher aiming to ‘go out with a bang’ as Olympic debut provides dream conclusion to career

22 July 2021

Tokyo 2020 marks the end of an era for Team Bath judoka Megan Fletcher but she says she cannot think of a better climax to a brilliant career than making her long-awaited Olympic debut at the home of judo. After narrowly missing out on qualification for London 2012 and Rio 2016, Fletcher’s years of dedication to her sport – the past 13 of them with the high-performance squad at Team Bath – will be justly...

World medallists Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton named in ParalympicsGB athletics squad for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

21 July 2021

Track and field athletes Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton have today become the latest University of Bath-based sportspeople to be selected for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Former World Champion Kamlish, coached by Rob Ellchuk, is no stranger to the Paralympics having competed at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. She set a T44 100m world record at the latter Games but narrowly missed out on a medal in the final. She will contest the...

Tokyo 2020: Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz proudly flying the flag for Mexico in her sport’s spiritual home on Olympics debut

20 July 2021

Judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz is proud to be flying the flag for Mexico at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – and for her Team Bath home. The University of Bath graduate will be the sole representative of her mother’s home country when the judo competition takes place in Tokyo’s legendary Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of the sport. She will also be cheered on by the Team Bath family she has been part of for the...

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