Rowing Success for Cambridge at London 2012
As Team GB celebrates another day of gold at the Olympics, Cambridge also picks up its first two medals of the games.
Two Cambridge alumnae are among some of the Team GB medal winners on day 7 of the London Olympics. Anna Watkins (Newnham, 2001) was one half of the women’s pair who seized gold this morning whilst George Nash (St Catherine’s, 2008), who returns to Cambridge as CUBC President next year, picked up a bronze medal in the men’s pair.
Whilst Watkin's and Grainger were favourites to win their event, Nash, partnered with Will Satch, was relatively unknown on the international scene before the Olympics. After winning their heat in impressive form however they began to be considered genuine medal contenders. They had a tightly fought race with France for second place in the final before eventually finishing third for the bronze medal with New Zealand taking gold.
Their success means that if Team Cambridge was entered as a country in the medal table they would currently be sitting in 23rd place, just behind Slovenia.
However Watkins and Nash are by no means Cambridge’s only medal potentials at the games. A full list of both the alumnae and current students from Cambridge competing in Team GB can be found below with a range of events covered including the marathon, sailing, diving and athletics, as well as the inevitable rowing events.
Julia Bleasdale (Pembroke, 2000) – 5km and 10km – August 3rd
Andrew Baddeley (Caius, 2000) – 1500m – August 3rd
Clare Hallissey (Robinson, 2001) – Marathon – August 5th
Emma Pooley (Trinity Hall, 2001) – Road Time Trial – placed 6th
Stacie Powell (Churchill, 2009) – 10m platform – August 8th
Annie Lush (Emmanuel, 1999) – Women’s Elliott 6m – started on 29th July, currently joint 5th place
Tom James MBE (Trinity Hall, 2002) – Men’s 4 – Final on the 4th August
Annie Vernon (Downing, 2001) – Women’s 8 – placed 5th
George Nash (St Catherine’s, 2008) – Men’s Pair – Bronze
Anna Watkins (Newnham, 2001) – Women’s Double Sculls – Gold