News Archive, Tag: Swimming

Polly Maton competes in the T47 long-jump final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. PICTURE: onEdition

Rio 2016: Polly Maton leaps to top-seven finish on Paralympic Games debut

09 September 2016

University of Bath-based athlete Polly Maton finished a fine seventh on her Paralympic Games debut as she contested the T47 long jump final on the opening day of Rio 2016. The 16-year-old, coached by Colin Baross at the Sports Training Village, produced her best clearance of 5.10m with her opening jump of the competition in the Olympic Stadium. That ensured she was one of the top eight jumpers in the 12-strong field to progress to...

Rio 2016: Fourth silver for Bath-based swimmers as Chris Walker-Hebborn wins relay medal

14 August 2016

Chris Walker-Hebborn capped an outstanding week for University of Based-swimmers in the pool at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as he helped Team GB’s men to silver in the 4x100m medley relay. That was the fourth silver of the Games for the British Swimming National Centre Bath training group, adding to the two from Jazz Carlin and one from Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. And they went mighty close to returning to the Sports Training Village with five...

Rio 2016: Another super silver from Jazz Carlin takes Bath swimming medal count to three

13 August 2016

University of Bath-based swimmer Jazz Carlin became Team GB’s first double medallist of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when she won 800m freestyle silver in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 25-year-old, full of confidence after claiming 400m freestyle silver on Monday, enjoyed a race-long battle with Hungary’s reigning European champion Boglarka Kapas before getting the edge by two-tenths of a second in 8:16.17. Gold went to outstanding American Katie Ledecky in a world-record...

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.

Rio 2016: Swimmer Jazz Carlin in the mix for second medal of Olympic Games

12 August 2016

University of Bath-based swimmer Jazz Carlin will bid for her second medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the early hours of Saturday morning after qualifying third-fastest for the 800m freestyle final. Full of confidence after her superb silver medal in the 400m freestyle, Carlin clocked 8:19.67 in the fastest heat of the day to put herself in a good lane for the final (2.20am BST). “I didn’t expect it to be 8:19, that’s...

Rio 2016: Agony and pride as swimmer Andrew Willis goes mighty close to Olympic medal

11 August 2016

University of Bath-based swimmer Andrew Willis missed out on an Olympic medal by just eight-hundredths of a second after finishing fourth in the Rio 2016 200m breaststroke final. The 25-year-old, who trains with the British Swimming National Centre Bath, produced another brilliant swim to set a lifetime best of 2:07.78 in a fiercely-fought final that saw the entire field separated by less than a second. A blanket finish saw Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin take gold in...

Rio 2016: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor wins stunning second silver for Bath-based swimmers

10 August 2016

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor said winning an Olympic silver medal was “the best feeling in the world” after she became the second University of Bath-based swimmer to stand on the podium in Rio this week. And there could be another medal for the British Swimming National Centre Bath training group in the early hours of Thursday morning after Andrew Willis qualified second-fastest for the men’s 200m breaststroke final. Team GB’s O’Connor, born and raised in Bath, produced...

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor was selected for Team GB's swimming squad in 2016. PICTURE: Clare Green for Matchtight

Rio 2016: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor races into swimming final in record-breaking style

09 August 2016

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor will be looking to emulate fellow University of Bath-based swimmer Jazz Carlin by getting on the podium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The 20-year-old looked in fantastic form as she reduced her own women’s 200m individual medley British record to 2:07.57 to qualify fastest overall for the final, taking place at 3.29am BST. “I’m really pleased because I’ve been trying to go under 2:08 for...

Live blog – Rio Olympic Games day 2

07 August 2016

                        Who to watch today Sunday 7 August 2016 Sport Time* Stage Athlete(s) Event Venue Result Rowing 16.10 Heats Helen Glover, Heather Stanning Women's pair  Lagoa Stadium Cancelled Rugby 7s 16.30 Group stage Natasha Hunt, Amy Wilson Hardy Canada v GB  Deodoro Stadium 22-0 Swimming 18.16 Heats Chris Walker-Hebborn 100m backstroke Olympic Aquatics Stadium 3rd, 53.54 Swimming 18.33 Heats Jazz Carlin 400m freestyle backstroke...

Rio 2016: Who to watch and when as biggest sporting show on Earth finally begins

05 August 2016

It’s finally here – today’s the day the Rio 2016 Olympic Games officially get under way! What is sure to be a colourful, vibrant and spectacular opening ceremony will start the XXXI Olympiad at 8pm Rio time (midnight in the UK). Fifteen University of Bath-based athletes will be in action over the next 16 days, hoping to emulate the likes of Dr Stephanie Cook (modern pentathlon), Jason Gardener (athletics), Kate Howey (judo) and Michael Jamieson...

Swimming coach Mark Skimming is raising money for The Grand Appeal

Swim coach Mark Skimming taking on challenge of Everest proportions for children’s hospital

03 August 2016

Mark Skimming, head swimming coach at the University of Bath, is used to helping students and athletes reach their peak physical condition. But this year he has also been training for his own monumental challenge - trekking 6,000m to Everest base camp to raise funds for the hospital that saved his young son. Albert, now three, was born 13 weeks early and spent his first three months in intensive care after been diagnosed with chronic lung disease. He has...

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