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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
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
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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