Rio Bravo

Brunel Univer­sity ath­letes star at Team GB’s most suc­cess­ful Olympics

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON-TRAINED ath­letes took to the big­gest stage of all last week as they flew the flag for Brunel Univer­sity at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Mar­garet Adeoye, James Elling­ton, She­layna Oskan-Clarke, Mor­gan Lake and Nigel Levine rep­re­sented Team GB in this sum­mer’s sport­ing show­piece in Brazil. Adeoye was part of the women’s 4x400me­tre re­lay squad that took bronze to claim Bri­tain’s 66th medal of the games, although she did not make the team for the fi­nal. Team GB ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions by rack­ing up 67 medals in to­tal to be­come the first coun­try to in­crease its medal tally in a sum­mer Games af­ter host­ing the event four years ear­lier. It also rep­re­sents Team GB GB’s most suc­cess­ful over­seas Oly Olympics – eclips­ing the 47 med medals won in Bei­jing in 2008 – and the best medal re­turn since the 146 claimed in Lon­don in 190 1908. I It is also the first time since the mod­ern Olympic era be­gan in 1896 that a coun­try has in­cre creased its medal tally at the su sum­mer Games im­me­di­ately fo fol­low­ing one it hosted. There were no medals elsew where for the Hilling­don he heroes though as Elling­ton could only man­age fifth as part of the men’s 4x100m re­lay as Usain Bolt’s Ja­maica blitzed the field.

Elling­ton was also no match for the fastest man on earth in the 100m heats, clock­ing 10.29 sec­onds for the dis­tance, which was only good enough for 40th place over­all.

Bolt, 29, ran 9.81 sec­onds in the main event to beat Justin Gatlin to gold and fol­low up his ti­tles at Bei­jing 2008 and Lon­don 2012.

Ok Oskan-ClarkeCl k missedi d out t on th the women’s 800m af­ter fail­ing to make the cut in the semis while Levine was part of the men’s 4x400m re­lay side who were con­tro­ver­sially dis­qual­i­fied.

Lk Lake tk took part t i in th the women’s’ high jump fi­nal, but her leap of 1.93m was only good enough for 10th place to see her miss out on the podium.

n LO­CAL HEROES: (Clock­wise from above) Mar­garet Adeoye pic­tured in 2015, She­layna Oskan-Clarke, Mor­gan Lake, Nigel Levine and James Elling­ton (sec­ond from right) Pho­tos by Getty Im­ages

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