Selected athletes’ details


Paul Blake

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 26: Paul Blake of Great Britain celebrates winning the men's 800m T36 final during the Evening Session on Day Five of the IPC Athletics World Championships at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

London 2012 silver and bronze medallist Paul Blake was confirmed to appear at Rio after ParalympicsGB announced the first part of their athletics squad in June.

Triple World Champion Blake, coached by Rob Ellchuk at the Sports Training Village, will compete in the T36 400m and 800m events.

Blake previously set a T36 1500m world record at the Paralympic athletes test event in May 2012.

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Lawrence Clarke

Lawrence Clarke. Photo: Sam FarrBusiness Masters graduate Lawrence Clarke booked his place in Rio at the British Championships in June.

Clarke, formerly coached by Malcolm Arnold at the Sports Training Village, finished second behind fellow University of Bath-based athlete Andrew Pozzi in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.44 seconds – enough to secure and Olympic place.

It will be Clarke’s second Olympic appearance after he finished fourth at London 2012.

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Emily Diamond

Emily Diamond
Emily Diamond

Emily Diamond is set to make her full Olympic debut at Rio after winning the women’s 400m at the 2016 British Championships.

Diamond, who is based at the Sports Training Village (STV), was selected by Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games in the women’s 4x400m relay but was an unused squad member.

The 2016 British Championships result continued Diamond’s outstanding season as she finished in a time of 51.94s. She went on to win European 4x400m relay gold in July.

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Eilidh Doyle

Eilidh Child in the 400m hurdles final at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images)Eilidh Doyle secured her place in Rio in emphatic fashion by securing gold in the 400m hurdles at the British Championships – her third British title.

The former European hurdles champion, coached by Malcolm Arnold at the STV, produced an impressive performance to finish in 54.93 after taking control of the final from the early stages.

Doyle, nee Child, made her Olympic debut at London 2012 and has reached the final at the last two World Championships. She is also a key part of the successful GB women’s 4x400m relay team that has won the past two European Championship titles and two World bronze medals.

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Sophie Kamlish

Sophie Kamlish at the 2012 Paralympic GamesUniversity of Bath-based Sophie Kamlish, 19, had her place at Rio confirmed in the second wave of athletics selections, three days after setting a new T44 100m national record at the IPC Grand Prix Final.

That run of 13.35 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London was the third fastest in the world this year, just six-hundredths of a second behind Paralympic champion Marie-Amelie Le Fur’s world-leading time.

Kamlish competed at London 2012 and is the second member of Rob Ellchuk’s coaching group at the Sports Training Village to be selected for Rio 2016 alongside three-time World Champion Paul Blake.

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Polly Maton

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2015 World Championships fifth-placed long jumper Polly Maton will make her Paralympic Games debut at Rio aged just 17.

Maton will also compete in the 100m T47 event in Brazil – an event in which she took two seconds off her personal best at the English Championships in July.

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Andrew Pozzi

Leading hurdler Andrew Pozzi made light of a headwind at the British Championships in June when he secured victory, a PB and a place at the Rio Olympics in the men’s 110m hurdles.

His time of 13.31s confirmed Pozzi’s plane ticket to Brazil where he will be joined by former training partner Lawrence Clarke.

Pozzi, coached by University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport inductee Malcolm Arnold, made his Olympic debut at London 2012 but pulled up in his heat with a hamstring injury. He was sidelined for much of the next three years but has bounced back strongly during 2016.

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Jazmin Sawyers

Jazmin Sawyers

Rio will be the first Olympic Games for Jazmin Sawyers, who picked the perfect moment to set the qualification standard in the women’s long jump at the British Championships.

Sawyers cleared 6.75m – a new personal best and enough to secure gold.

Former junior number one Sawyers, who trains at the STV with Alan Lerwill, said: “I’m chuffed to bits, I can’t believe it”.

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Danny Talbot

Danny TalbotSet for his second Olympic appearance, but his first in an individual competition, is Danny Talbot after his runner-up spot at the British Championships.

200m runner Talbot ended just two-hundredths of a second behind gold-medallist Adam Gemili.

Talbot, a Sports Performance graduate from the University of Bath, will also compete in the men’s 4x100m relay in Rio.

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Ben Fletcher

Team Bath athlete Ben Fletcher became the ninth University of Bath-based athlete to be officially selected by Team GB for this summer’s Olympic Games in June.

Fletcher’s selection capped a gruelling two-year qualification period that took him all around the world. He was able to secure a continental qualifying place and is now looking forward to making his long-awaited Olympic debut.

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Modern pentathlon

Jamie Cooke

Former junior world champion Jamie Cooke officially secured his place at Rio in June when Pentathlon GB announced the four-strong team to take centre stage at the Olympic Games this summer.

Cooke’s appearance in Brazil will cap an extraordinary few months for the Bath Spa graduate in which he claimed gold in both the World Cup in Hungary and the World Cup Final in the United States.

Despite his earlier successes, Rio will be the first Olympic Games appearance for Cooke who is currently ranked as the number one male modern pentathlete in the world.

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Joe Choong

University of Bath Mathematics student Joe Choong exploded onto the scene last year when he set the Olympic qualifying standard at the European Championships held at the Sports Training Village.

2013/14 scholar Choong followed that success with a career-best fourth-placed finish at the World Cup in Rome and another string of successes booked his place in the GB squad announced in June.

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Samantha Murray

London 2012 silver medalist Samantha Murray will make her second appearance at an Olympic Games this summer following her inclusion in June’s squad announcement.

French and Politics graduate Murray booked her place in Brazil after winning the Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition at University of Bath among other successes.

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Kate French

Sports Performance graduate Kate French completes the Pentathlon GB squad heading to Rio this summer.

25-year old French will make her debut Olympic appearance following strong performances including earning an Olympic qualification place at the European Championships hosted at the STV.

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Nicole Walters

Nicole Walters

University of Bath Sports and Exercise Science graduate Nicole makes her debut Paralympic appearance as guide to Melissa Reid.

27-year old Walters has secured medals at either World or European Para-Triathlon Championships each year since 2013 and will be hoping to continue that trend when heading to Brazil.

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Jazz Carlin

Jazz CarlinWelsh swimmer Jazz Carlin has won medals at European Championships, World Championships and Commonwealth Games and will be looking to add Olympic Games to that already impressive list during her time in Rio.

Carlin, who won bronze in the 4×100 relay in Rome on her international debut, set the Olympic consideration time while winning 400m freestyle at the British Swimming Championships in April.

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, winner of two World and six Commonwealth medals in the past two years, qualified for Rio by setting an Olympic consideration time in the 200m individual medley at the British Swimming Championships.

O’Connor will make her second Olympics appearance after representing Team GB at London 2012 at the age of just 16.

The English swimmer was born in Bath and has been training at the University since 2009.

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Chris Walker-Hebborn

chris-walker-hebbornDouble Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Chris Walker-Hebborn will make his second Olympic appearance at Rio after selection for Team GB in the 100m backstroke.

Walker-Hebborn has trained at the Sports Training Village since 2009 and holds a Personal Training/Fitness Instructor qualification from the University of Bath.

He narrowly missed out on setting an Olympic standard time but was named in Team GB’s announcement held at the STV in April.

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Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis (Photo: Sam Farr)University of Bath graduate Andrew Willis is a finalist at every major international championship since 2010, including the London 2012 Olympics.

He qualified for Rio after taking gold in the 200m breaststroke at the British Swimming Championships in a field which included London 2012 silver-medallist Michael Jamieson and triple World Champion Adam Peaty.

Willis studied a Chemical Engineering degree at the University and will make his second Olympic appearance in Brazil.

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Marcus Daniell

Marcus Daniell
Marcus Daniell

Team Bath MCTA’s Marcus Daniell became the 12th University of Bath-based athlete to be officially selected for Rio 2016 when selected in July.

Daniell’s selection capped a staggering rise for the New Zealand tennis star who has risen from 398th to 59th in the ATP world doubles rankings since joining Team Bath MCTA in 2013.

The 26-year old will compete in the men’s doubles alongside compatriot Michael Venus.

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Sonny Webster

Edited - Sonny-websterUniversity of Bath Sports Performance graduate Sonny Webster secured his place at Rio after he was selected by Team GB just a day after graduating from Bath.

The 22-year old will make his Olympic debut in the men’s 94kg division after being crowned as British Champion in that weight category earlier in June.

Webster is one of only two weightlifters in the Team GB squad and will be joined in Rio by Rebekah Tiley, who will contest the women’s 69kg division.

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Wheelchair Fencing

Piers Gilliver

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World number one Piers Gilliver had his place at Rio sealed by Paralympics GB in July.

21-year-old Gilliver started training full-time at the Sports Training Village in April 2015 after receiving funding from UK Sport’s World Class Programme.

He has won an outstanding haul of medals, including World Cup gold and World Championship silver, since making the move to the Sports Training Village.

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