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Well Done Commonwealth Stars Emma and Dan!

Thursday, 07 October 2010

Congratulations to Sixth form pupil Emma Saunders who has won her first medal in the Commonwealth Games in New Dehli!

Swimmer Emma joined forces with Rebecca Adlington in the 4x200m freestyle relay where the team picked up a bronze medal and also set a new English record!

Emma, who is the 2010 European junior champion over 50m backstroke, swam a superb leg in the relay alongside Adlington, Jo Jackson and Sasha Matthews to claim bronze in 7.58.61 minutes, behind Australia who took gold and New Zealand who took silver.

It is an amazing achievement for the 16 year old. She said: "That's the most fun I think I've had in swimming. It was amazing to do that relay in a record time and win a medal. I knew we were just outside the medals at the takeover but I just gave it absolutely everything."

Rebecca Adlington said: "The girls really did amazing to win a medal and I am very proud of them all. I was so excited to be a part of the relay team."

The games have been going well for Emma who also made it through to the final of the 100m freestyle, finishing in eighth place and beating her personal best twice in the qualifiers. In the 200m freestyle Emma narrowly missed out on a place in the final with her time just a second behind the final qualifier.

Congratulations are also in order for former pupil Daniel Sliwinski who finished eighth in the 100m Breaststroke final in what proved to be a very strong field.

Dan finished in 1:01.68 to clinch eighth spot in what was his first major Games final. The 50m World Record holder, Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa took the gold, second spot went to 200m World Record holder, Christian Sprenger of Australia, and third went to Brenton Rickard also of Australia, the 100m World Record holder.

Daniel will now compete in the 50m and also the Medley Relay on the final day of competition. Good luck Dan!

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Emma Saunders

Emma (third from the left) and her England teammates who won bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay

Dan Sliwinski

Dan came 8th in the 100m breaststroke final