10 August 2016

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor claimed silver to become the first British woman to win an Olympic 200m individual medley medal, making day four another record-breaker – with Team GB Men’s hockey also boosting qualifying hopes with a decisive win against Brazil.

Silvers for former Loughborough College student O’Connor and the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay quartet doubled the British swimming squad’s medal tally in the Olympic Aquatics Centre.

Not only did O’Connor make history as she touched home just 0.3 behind Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu but she also smashed the British record, coming in at 2:06.88.

“I just had to swim it how I know best and when I turned on the breaststroke I was surprised I was quite close.

“When I looked around and saw the time I was over the moon because I didn’t think I had that time in me and I am really pleased to have pushed her as hard as I could.

“It is an absolutely amazing feeling. I have had probably the most consistent block of work that I have ever had leading up to this. I was really confident coming into it.

“My team have just been amazing at keeping me fit and health and in training. It is brilliant and I am over the moon with that result.”

The Brits have now won four medals in the pool – their best tally at an Olympics since they won one silver and four bronzes at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Team GB’s men’s hockey side, including former Loughborough College student Henry Weir, claimed a 9-1 victory against Brazil.

The Great Britain team made the worst possible start as some poor defending saw them concede a goal inside the first three minutes. But they struck back quickly with a goal from Adam Dixon before Captain Barry Middleton put them into the ascendency with another, followed by a third from Ashley Jackson to give them a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Team GB pressed home their dominance in the second half with Harry Martin, Sam Ward and Mark Gleghorne getting on the scoresheet and Middleton, Jackson and Ward all scoring twice to complete the rout.

Day Five will see current Loughborough College student Molly Renshaw compete in the 200m breaststroke heats and former students Nicola White and Henry Weir hope to join their Britain hockey squads for their next pool matches – Team GB women against Argentina and Team GB Men against Australia.

Loughborough College was established in 1909 and has a long and proud standing reputation for providing excellent levels of high quality teaching and training across Leicestershire.

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