Special Olympics GB’s historic golden start to the European Summer Games in Belgium continued into Tuesday 16 September with a plethora of medals and personal best stories. The GB team has won 14 medals so far – five Golds, five Silvers and four Bronze – and there are still three days of competition remaining.
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The medal tally increased for GB on Tuesday thanks to sensational swimming achievements and a double gold success for our table tennis partnerships. The team of Emma Hunt (Wolverhampton) and Jeffrey Jarvis (Melton Mowbray) together with the pairing of George Gibson (Montrose) and Jennifer Turner (Shropshire) were stood at the top of the podium with Gold medals hanging around their necks for table tennis.
Our terrific table tennis twins - Alistair Feltham & Duncan Feltham from Bournemouth – completed a perfect day for the team by securing a bronze in the men’s doubles! The twins play each other today in the singles competition!
There was further great news from the pool. Awesome athlete Adam Meanwell from Lincoln took Gold in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1:00.62. Ann-Marie Reid from Dundee also picked up a well deserved Silver in the 25m Freestyle thanks to a personal best time of 30.47!
There was a double medal success from swimmer Kieran Neary from Benfleet who achieved Silver in the 100m Backstroke with a time of 1.12.19 and then a Bronze in the 100m Freestyle thanks to a personal best of 1:03.70! By the close of play Tuesday, GB’s Swimmers had picked up seven medals in total!
Tuesday morning, Rosemary Hollingsworth from Bedfordshire and the Eastern region, secured a brilliant and brave Bronze Medal in her 1km TT race in 2 mins 41 seconds, two seconds ahead of fourth place in a close run event. David Jackson from Glasgow completed a fabulous two days for GB’s cycling team when he took third place in his 5km road race and therefore a brilliant bronze.
Lesley Andrews, Athletics Head Coach, said:
“Alicia Bradshaw, Linzi Finnigan, Fleur O'Donohue and Jennifer Power – Divisioning for 4x100m relay today. GB had the best divisioning time so hoping for good things in the final on Friday. Niall Finlayson, Nicholas Mann, Gary Starkey and Edward Williams – Divisioning in the 4x100m relay today. I have not found out the time as yet, but the boys ran really well. Gary Starkey also had shot today, and did really well. Finals start tomorrow, so really hoping for medals.”
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Head Coach, David Gillespie, said: Kerry Duncan won her second match of her singles division and it could prove to be crucial as it was a two games to nil win, 21 - 18, 21 - 13 over Justyyana Podlasin (Poland) whom she had lost to yesterday 2 -1.
That game now puts Kerry at the top of the division with one match to play tomorrow which she has a good chance of winning to achieve Gold at her first International event.
Catherine Carson, unfortunately, lost her third match of her singles division when she had to come off the court after a fall and could not complete the match. She was in tears at being unable to complete her match but the most touching element of this was when her opponent Yelena Makeyana (Kazakhstan) came over and gave Catherine a big hug.
Mark Goulder has been in great form this week and won his third match of his singles division 16 -21, 21 - 9, 21 – 14. He is unbeaten at the top of his division and barring disaster should be in for a Gold medal tomorrow.
Samantha Monk completed her singles matches today with 2 wins, the first was 21 - 12, 21 – 12 against Svetlana Polivana (Russia) and the second was against Michaela Suess (Germany) 21 – 8, 21 – 11. Samantha has now won 4 out of her 5 matches, and grown in confidence as the competition has progressed. There are 2 matches still to be played in her singles division tomorrow but none should affect Samantha’s position of second in the division.
Head Coach, Yana Vibert, explained: Today (Tuesday) it was the turn of the girls to compete in classification. Chloe competed at level 1 in the morning and really shone on a number of pieces. Her vault was one of the highest scoring in the whole competition and her floor was also excellent.
Jessica competed at level 2 and also had a good day. She had lovely floor and beam routines – we are still waiting for her scores but she did very well and was really enjoyed the atmosphere and competing in the arena. Cailiegh competed at level 3 and had one of her best ever competitions. All her routines were solid and had no major errors. Her floor routine was excellent and she looked really confident and like she was enjoying the experience.
Georgia competed at level 4 and overall had a good competition. After an uncharacteristic slip on the bars she kept a positive attitude and competed really well on her other pieces really enthralling the crowd with her floor routine. She has scored well and looks to be leading the competition going into the finals.
All the gymnasts seem well placed for the finals which start tomorrow.
The Judo squads just had a coach’s seminar on Tuesday for which they were certificated. Competitions start on Wednesday 17 Septemeber at 10:30am.