The University of Edinburgh athletes have returned to Scotland after a golden weekend at the British University and College Sport (BUCS) National Championships in Sheffield finishing with an overall haul of 48 medals.
Over 120 athletes from the University competed across the weekend in four disciplines, Swimming, Fencing, Athletics, Judo, Badminton, Rifle, Climbing and Karate.
Highlight performances across the weekend include Che Richards who took gold in the Men’s Long Jump with a jump of 7.64 metres and for Commonwealth Champion, Chloe Dickson who won gold against teammate Katie Smith in an all-Edinburgh Women’s Foil Final. Chloe Dickson also took home the silver medal in the Women’s Saber competition.
Medals were also won in the martial arts, with a spectacular weekend of silverware for the Edinburgh University Judo Club. A spectacular win for Anna Steele in the Under 55Kg Women’s Judo final, was joined by two silver medals for Pete Barrett and Maria Shepherd in the Men’s and Women’s Under 66kg and 70kg categories, respectively.
Kirsty Marsh and Rae Anderson both bagged themselves bronze medals apiece in the Women’s Under 57kg category, and were just unlucky to finish outside the medals in the team event.
The success was doubled by the performances of Edinburgh University’s Karate Clubs’ athletes who dominated to bring home an incredible 12 medals across Kumite and Kata. Day one of fighting saw two golds for Lina Rietuma in Women’s Novice Kata and Nikolai Scheer in Men’s Intermediate Kata, and three bronze medals for Antonio Wong in Men’s Senior Kata, Anna Johansson in Women’s Intermediate and for Molly Carlier in Women’s Novice Kata. Day one was rounded off nicely with a team bronze medal for Mixed Team Kata.
Day 2 brought no end to the silverware, with Edinburgh taking the bronze spot for Men’s Team Kumite. A well fought competition gave Edinburgh a gold for Hiro Onishi in Men’s Novice Kumite Under 70kg. Silver medals for Molly Carlier and Line Rietuma in the -63kg and +63kg respectively and silver for Cameron Duff in the Men’s Senior Kumite added to the haul. And with a final bronze for Antonio Wong in Men’s Senior Kumite – 75kg – Edinburgh were crowned the BUCS Karate Champions for 2019.
The winning streak also translated into the pool, where Commonwealth Medallist, Jack Thorpe took home gold in the 50m freestyle, while teammate David Cumberlidge swam into the second spot. Rachel Masson matched his success with a second silver in the 50m freestyle while Kathryn Greenslade also brought home silver over the 200m distance, beating teammate Monique Olivier, who finished in bronze position. Two more silvers for the women’s team swimmers followed, with Tain Bruce taking second place in the 100m Butterfly and Lucy Hope in the 50m back crawl. Olympian Nick Quinn also swam to bronze medal success in the 200m breast stroke. Day one was finished off with a double silver medal performance for the two 4x100 metre freestyle relay teams.
The second day of swimming at the Ponds Forge Centre saw no end to Edinburgh’s success with another gold for Jack Thorpe in the 100m Freestyle, followed quickly by a silver and bronze for Lucy Hope and Rachel Masson, respectively, in the Women’s 100m Freestyle. The Women continued the success over the longer distances, with a silver in the 400m Freestyle for Kat Greenslade and a bronze for Monique Olivier in the same race. Lucy Hope swam to a second place finish, to claim the silver medal in the 100m back crawl and Nick Quinn claimed his second bronze medal of the championships in the 100m breast stroke. The day was finished again with medal success in both the Men’s and Women’s Team Medley, where Lucy Hope, Kara Hanlon, Tain Bruce and Rachel Masson swam to an incredibly close silver medal finish. The Men’s team of Scott Gibson, Nick Quinn, Harry Lewis-Mitchell and Jack Thorpe finished swim team’s fantastic weekend with a closely fought bronze medal in the 4 x100m Medley.
It was a triple silver medal evening at Climbing Works, for Edinburgh University as Ajda Remskar won a hard-fought silver in a tough field in the Women’s Climbing Final. Ajda saw another silver medal as she was joined by her teammates to claim the Women’s Team Silver. The success also converted into the Men’s competition where a silver was also claimed by the Men’s Team. Felix Green managed a 4th place finish in the Men’s Individuals to claim BUCS points followed closely by Seb Tam who finished in 5th after an excellent finals.
Finally the gold-medal performances continued into the Rifle competition where Edinburgh University Rifle Club brought home the gold in the men’s individual for Tom Diggle, in a fierce competition with only 1 mark, differentiating the top four. The gold kept coming in the Novice competition for Hao Luo and success also for Nicole England, who snapped up the bronze medal – to add to the overall Mixed Team Silver for Edinburgh University Rifle Club.