Gold medals continue for Loughborough athletes

Loughborough College athletes continued to see Gold medal success, with Libby Clegg powering to an impressive victory in the 200m T11 in Rio. Earlier in the pool, Ellie Simmonds clinched bronze in the S6 200m – taking the College medal tally to five gold and two bronze.

With the 100m title secured a few days earlier, former College student Clegg and guide Chris Clarke dominated the 200m race with a winning time of 24.51 seconds beating the Paralympic Games record from London 2012.

Clegg said: “I’ve massively surprised myself. I’ve had a really tough year and if you’d ask me ten months ago, I’d have said this wasn’t possible.

“When I moved into this classification I was pretty daunted and nervous but Chris has been amazing. He’s an incredible guide and has really helped me get through this.”

“We’ve got the World Championships next year and I can’t wait to get back into that stadium in London and race in front of my home crowd again.”

Clarke added: “We have fun, we’re friends, we get there and get the job done. I’m just happy to be small part of her story.”

The night had begun with a bronze medal for Ellie Simmonds in the pool.

The five-time Paralympic champion and former Loughborough College student touched the wall in 5:24.87 in the S6 200m, as she was beaten to gold by Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko.