News Archive, Category: Athletics

High jumper Tom Gale and alumni David King strike gold at SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

23 February 2020

Team Bath Athletics Club’s Tom Gale capped an excellent indoor season by winning his first British high jump title at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Gale, who is coached by Denis Doyle at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, cleared 2.27m to take gold at the end of a winter campaign that saw him achieve the Olympic qualifying standard of 2.33m. “I’m feeling really good and I’ve put myself in the...

Nine golds among big medal haul as University of Bath student-athletes impress once again at BUCS Nationals

18 February 2020

There were 26 medals won across five different sports, nine of them gold, as 135 University of Bath student-athletes proudly wore the Blue & Gold during three excellent days of competition at the 2020 BUCS [British Universities & Colleges Sport] Nationals in Sheffield. Swimmer Luke Turley and judoka George Kroussaniotakis and Lewis Widdicombe all claimed two titles apiece, and karate’s Sophie Atkinson, a silver medallist in last year’s women’s novice kata, went one better this...

University of Bath student-athletes heading to Sheffield to compete across seven sports at 2020 BUCS Nationals

14 February 2020

The 2020 BUCS Nationals takes place in Sheffield this weekend with 135 student-athletes from University of Bath set to take part. They will be joined by a number of coaches, physios and sports staff as they represent the Blue & Gold across seven different sports - athletics, badminton, climbing, fencing, judo, karate and swimming. Around 6,000 students in total from across the UK will be competing over the weekend with the aim to be crowned...

Tom Gale soars to new heights as he sets Tokyo 2020 Olympic standard with new high jump PB and world-lead clearance

09 February 2020

Team Bath Athletics Club’s Tom Gale set the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying standard as he continued his excellent indoor form with victory at the Hustopece Skeskakani event in the Czech Republic. Gale’s clearance of 2.33m was both a personal best and saw him join Darryl Sullivan of the United States as the world lead for the men’s high jump so far this year. It was also a third victory in as many indoor competitions for...

Reigning Paralympic and World Champion Paul Blake announces retirement from athletics after outstanding career

26 January 2020

Paul Blake, who won Paralympic gold and a host of world titles while training at the University of Bath, has announced his retirement from athletics after an outstanding career. Blake was part of Rob Ellchuk’s training group at the University from 2009 and quickly established himself as one of Britain’s most talented athletes, winning his first world title in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011 when he claimed T36 400m gold. He went on to conquer...

VIDEO: Six months to Tokyo 2020 and a host of aspiring Olympians are hard at work at University of Bath Sports Training Village

24 January 2020

There are exactly six months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games get under way and aspiring Olympians across a wide range of sports have been hard at work during a typically busy training day at the University of Bath. The Olympic-sized London 2012 Legacy Pool at the Sports Training Village has been a real hub of activity, with the British Swimming National Centre squad – featuring Rio 2016 silver-medallist James Guy and fellow...

Legendary athletics coach Malcolm Arnold receives IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award at The Olympics Museum

16 January 2020

Malcolm Arnold, who coached athletes to Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles during a 20-year career at the University of Bath, has been honoured at the IOC [International Olympic Committee] Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards in Lausanne, Switzerland. The legendary track and field coach received the award from 1988 Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka, now Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission, during a ceremony at The Olympics Museum. The IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards is an...

VIDEO: Team Bath sportspeople step up countdown to Tokyo 2020 as a new Olympic and Paralympic year dawns

01 January 2020

2020 is here and with it the dawn of a new Olympic and Paralympic year for sportspeople based at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Athletes across a host of sports - including judo, modern pentathlon, swimming, track and field, triathlon and wheelchair fencing - and nationalities are bidding to represent their countries at the Tokyo 2020 Games, which take place this summer. They are also looking to emulate the success of some of...

Fed Cup tennis, Modern Pentathlon European Champs and World Championship triumphs among sporting highlights of 2019 at University of Bath

26 December 2019

It’s the end of another outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath which saw world-class tennis and modern pentathlon come to the Sports Training Village (STV) while athletes and students excelled on the world stage. The £35million STV successfully hosted two major international sporting events in 2019, including the first Fed Cup tennis tie to be staged in Great Britain for 26 years. The indoor courts were transformed into a showcase arena as...

Meet the talented University of Bath student-athletes across 13 different sports joining the ranks of sporting scholars during 2019-20

11 November 2019

Aspiring Olympians, both Summer and Winter, and reigning European and British Champions are among the latest intake of scholars to receive support from the University of Bath on both their sporting and academic journeys. The talented 2019-20 group of 15 student-athletes, who compete across 13 different sports, join 26 existing scholars who each receive a cash award that runs over the period of their course and helps them meet the demands of training, competing and...

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