News Archive, Category: Olympic & Paralympic

Sochi 2014 Olympic bronze medal finally confirmed for British four-man bobsleigh team

29 March 2019

Four more athletes who trained at the University of Bath have joined the ranks of Olympic medalists after John Jackson’s four-man bobsleigh crew were upgraded to the bronze-medal position at Sochi 2014. Jackson, Stu Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon originally finished fifth in Russia five years ago, just 11 hundredths of a second outside the medal spots at the sport’s showpiece event. The subsequent disqualification of the home nation’s gold-medal winning and fourth-placed sleds...

Piers Gilliver bags gold and silver as his run of Wheelchair Fencing World Cup success continues in Pisa

24 March 2019

University of Bath-based Piers Gilliver struck gold at a fourth successive IWASF Wheelchair Fencing World Cup as he and fellow Brit Dimitri Coutya brought home a medal of each colour between them from Pisa, Italy. Unlike the three previous tournaments where he won Category A Epee gold, Gilliver’s latest success came in the Sabre as the MJ Church Ambassador demonstrated his world-class ability across different disciplines. Gilliver won all the bouts in his group to...

Joe Choong, David King and Tom Dean

MJ Church Ambassadors stepping up Tokyo 2020 preparations with 500 days to go until next Olympic Games

12 March 2019

Today marks 500 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and three MJ Church Ambassadors are among the multitude of University of Bath-based sportspeople ramping up their preparations for the world’s greatest sporting show. Pentathlete Joe Choong is aiming to join the ranks of double Olympians, and has a chance to qualify for Tokyo when the University hosts the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships this summer, while 110m hurdler David King and swimmer...

The army of volunteers who worked behind the scenes at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships

Could you be a Gladiator Maker? Volunteers sought for 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships at University of Bath

09 March 2019

Organisers of the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships, being staged at the University of Bath this summer, are calling on local people to help deliver the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event by becoming 'Gladiator Makers'. Pentathlon GB is seeking up to 100 volunteers in diverse roles for the event - dubbed 'Gladiators Return' - including medal ceremony attendants, helping with the media on site, supporting overseas teams and helping on the field of play. The...

Great Britain's Jazz Carlin (left) with her silver medal after the women's 400m freestyle final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on day two of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil.

Double Olympic medallist Jazz Carlin announces her retirement from competitive swimming

27 February 2019

Swimmer Jazz Carlin, who won two silver medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while training at the University of Bath, has today announced her retirement after a hugely-successful 14-year career. Carlin, who has been coached by David McNulty at the British Swimming National Centre Bath since 2014, won World, European and Commonwealth medals before enjoying her greatest moment in Rio when she won 400m and 800m freestyle silver. “It’s really hard for me to pick...

(From left) British Swimming National Centre Bath Lead Coach David McNulty, Hall of Fame for Sport inductee Michael Jamieson, British Swimming Performance Director Chris Spice and University of Bath Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley

London 2012 Olympic swimming medallist Michael Jamieson inducted into University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport

25 February 2019

Olympic swimming medallist Michael Jamieson today returned to the University of Bath, the place where he both trained and studied, to become the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame for Sport. Jamieson famously won 200m breaststroke silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games, smashing the British record three times during the championships and only being denied gold by a World Record swim from Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta. He also won silver at both the Delhi...

Watch the Gladiators Return to Bath as tickets go on sale for 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships

19 February 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying event being staged at the University of Bath this summer. Styled “Gladiators Return” in recognition of the combative nature of an event in which athletes battle each other across five sports, the UK Sport National Lottery-backed Championships are taking place from August 6-11 at the £30million Sports Training Village. Britain’s top pentathletes will be joined by the...

Gold for Jo Muir and bronze for Joe Choong as Pentathlon GB are Hungary for podium places at Budapest Indoor International

31 January 2019

Jo Muir bagged a brilliant gold and fellow University of Bath graduate Joe Choong won bronze as Pentathlon GB enjoyed an impressive start to the 2019 international season at the Budapest Indoor International in Hungary. Muir, who studied Sports Performance, produced a supreme display to remain in the top three throughout the women’s final on her way to beating reigning World medallist Annika Schleu to the title. It was a fourth individual international medal of...

Olympic, World and Commonwealth crowns among highlights of unforgettable sporting 2018 at University of Bath

26 December 2018

One historic Olympic title defence, two World crowns, three Commonwealth gold medals and a multitude of other national and international medals added up to another outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath in 2018. The University’s unique push-start track, the only one of its kind in the UK, became the focus of national attention in February when three athletes who train on it with British Skeleton won medals for Team GB at the...

England Netball won two trophies at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Team Bath stars among England Netball team honoured at 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

17 December 2018

It was a memorable night for Team Bath Netball’s Eboni Usoro-Brown and Serena Guthrie as they were part of the England Netball squad honoured as Team of the Year at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. The Roses’ historic last-second winner in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games final against Australia was also named as Greatest Sporting Moment, a new category voted for by the public. Usoro-Brown and Guthrie were joined on...

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