Going for Gold: update

Find out how our Leeds athletes fared at the weekend and get up to date with what’s happening this week at London 2012.


A score of 13-4 to Romania unfortunately placed Team Great Britain at the bottom of their group in Men’s Water Polo on Sunday. Tomorrow we take on Serbia, we play the USA on Thursday, and on Saturday we come up against Hungary, all at 6.20pm. Perhaps also slightly less in favour of our Leeds athletes, Matt Holland and Ed Scott, is that all three opposing teams will be looking to defend their previous titles, with Serbia, USA and Hungary having taken home the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. However, anything could happen and we wish them the best of luck!

Ashleigh Ball saw significantly more success in the first women’s hockey match at the preliminary stage, with Team GB currently sharing first position in their group alongside China after beating Japan 4-0. Tomorrow we play Korea at 4pm, on Thursday we compete against Belgium at 7pm and on Saturday we face China at 4pm. To qualify for the semi-finals we need to place in the top two of our group, but with Ashleigh’s record of scoring crucial goals we may well be in with a chance.

Leeds alumnus, Rebecca Gallantree also competed this past weekend and placed seventh in the women’s 3m synchronized diving. On Friday she will fly solo in the women’s 3m springboard preliminaries at 2.30pm.

Also coming up this week

University of Leeds student, Jack Oliver, will represent Team GB in weightlifting on Wednesday 1 August at 10am. This will be Jack’s first Olympics, after coming eighth at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and rapidly rising up the ranks in his class over the past six years.

Jonathan Hammond, a university alumnus, will compete in the men’s 50m rifle prone on Friday at 7pm with a great chance of Olympic success, having won Bronze, Silver and two Gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Best of luck to all our athletes and we will keep you updated as to how they get on throughout the week.

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