The Paula Radcliffe Athletics Stadium was buzzing again as athletes smashed through personal bests and a number of School Games records.  The crowd could barely look away from the shotput competitions, as both Lewis Byng and Nana Gyedu set new records. England Midland’s Byng produced an incredible throw of 19.05m completing a stunning season where he also won gold at the English Championships, English Schools and SIAB Internationals.

In the girl’s shotput, England South’s Gyedu consistently threw over 15 metres, with a final distance of 15.69m smashing the old record by the best part of a metre. That mark improves her personal best and adds to her previous gold medal success at the SIAB International earlier this summer; today’s throw puts her fourth on the UK all-time list.

England Midland’s Marcia Sey stormed across the finish line of the 80m hurdles to take home the gold, with a time of 11.02; her fantastic run would have been a new personal best and School Games record, if it had not been denied due to 2.6m/s tail wind.

The much anticipated 4x100m relays did not disappoint, as the crowd cheered an unstoppable England Midlands across the line in 41.87 in the boy’s event. The girl’s relay saw England North cross the line in 46.89, just clinching the gold from England South who finished in 46.93.

Our triathletes faced the mixed team relay today and there were popular local winners, East Midlands romping to victory. Having won silver in the individual event yesterday Loughborough’s Xavi Salcedo was given an unassailable lead on the anchor leg of the swim, bike, run event, afterwards commenting:

“I felt quite a bit of pressure given we had such a lead and I didn’t want to mess it up. But it was so much fun – I soon as I dived into the water all the worries went away and I just focused on getting it right and not making any mistakes. The bike was a really fun, technical course and the last lap of the run was a bit of a parade, which was really nice. I’ve got lots of family and friends in the crowd so it’s pretty cool to get cheered on by them at such a big event.”

In Martin Hall, canoeing and rowing began their team relays. It was England South who found glory in the Tier 1 Team Relay, finishing with a time of 9:29.8, almost 33 seconds quicker than the silver medal time.

Laser run’s team event also took place today, Scotland carrying on where they left off yesterday, winning the U16 Mixed Team relay thanks to Lewis Watt and Kirsty Purcell combination. In the U14’s mixed team event, Scotland were again successful with their strongest athletes Kai Crawford and Susie Roberts, who both won the gold in their own individual events yesterday. Distancing themselves from their competitors throughout the whole race, they produced an impressive winning time of 6.00.61.

With the cyclists on back on campus today, it was time for the Street Sprints and there was another East Midland’s victory, Kieran Reilly taking after a fifth place finish in the velodrome yesterday. Loughborough based Kieran was supported by his home crowd, as he crossed the line victorious.

Wheelchair Basketball entered its second day of competition today and once again fans filled the University’s Netball Centre with thunderous clapping and ‘defence’ chants. England North faced England South this morning in a match that ended 54-29 to a strong South side. England North’s Lee Fryer, 18, excelled on the court and led the team to a 59-36 victory against Northern Ireland.

The Barnsley player, who captains the team, commented after the game:

“I’m happy with how we played today; we knew it was going to be tough but we had to push through and we came out on top. I’m excited for the finals tomorrow - I don’t want to jinx anything but we’ve got a strong chance.”

The Tennis Centre hosted the semi-finals of the wheelchair tennis event, with England White’s Ben Batram and Greg Slade putting in stand-out performances; the duo will face each other in tomorrow’s final.

In the Netball today, competition was as tight as ever, as extremely close matches took place between Loughborough Lightning and Team Mavericks, who were tied throughout the first half of the match, with 4-4 in the first quarter and 8-8 in the second.

Loughborough Lightning took the lead in the second half to finish with a final score of 22-15. Abigail Ward, aged 15, from Northampton who plays for Lightning commented afterwards:

“I think it’s been really good so far; it has been really tough with the amount of matches we’re playing but we’re in good form.”

Team Bath displayed true flare on the court today with a 30-17 victory over Scotland and 45-11 victory against Northern Ireland.

In the third day of the hockey competition, England Girls White faced Ulster Girls in a match that ended 5-1 to a dominant Ulster team. Later, England Girls Red took on Scotland Girls, seeing Red victorious with a score of 3-0.

The final match of the day, between Scotland Boys and Ulster Boys, ended 3-3., in a nail-biting finale to the day.

Cricket continued with a match between Team Sciver and Brunt; it was Team Brunt who won by four wickets to secure their space in tomorrow’s final. After losing out, Team Sciver bounced back with a convincing victory over Team Knight in the semi-final; they’ll look to get their own back on Team Brunt in tomorrow’s final.

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