School Games stars claim victory in Glasgow

Over the past eleven days, more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories have been competing across 17 sports, hoping to bag a medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Over the past eleven days, more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories have been competing across 17 sports, hoping to bag a medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In an eventful competition, which saw England claim first place in the medal table, over hundred and fifty former Sainsbury's School Games competitors sprung into action with 59 athletes claiming 84 prestigious medals for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Sainsbury's School Games, which are supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, are a major multi sport event for some of the most talented young athletes across the UK. Running for over seven years, the Games have acted as a springboard to international success for many British athletes including the likes of Paralympians, Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock. 

19 Gold, 38 Silver and 27 Bronze medals were won across eight sports with the most picked up in gymnastics, swimming and athletics.

Glasgow's famous Hamden Park featured some standout performances from sprinter Adam Gemili, who won two Silver medals in the 100M and Men's 4x100m along with fellow School Games athletes Danny Talbot and Richard Kilty. Matthew Hudson-Smith produced a storming final leg to anchor England to a Gold in the 4x400m relay, whilst Isobel Pooley claimed high jump Silver and Bethany Woodward took Silver in the T37/38 long jump.

Medals were flying around The SECC Hydro, with 16 year old, Claudia Fragapane, making English sporting history by winning four Gold medals in the gymnastics events, whilst Max Whitlock picked up three Golds in the all round and team competitions and Silver in the pommel horse. Nile Wilson won the most medals out of the School Games alumni with two Golds in the team and high bar, Silver in the parallel bars and Bronze in the all-around. Sam Oldham helped the England team to claim team Gold, but was wiped out of competition on day two after an ankle injury. 

At the Tollcross Swimming Centre, Adam Peaty struck Gold in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley, and added a Silver to his collection in the 50m breaststroke, whilst Sophie Taylor picked up Gold in the 100m breaststroke final. Lauren Quigley grabbed a series of Silver medals in the 50 metres backstroke, 4x100m individual medley relay and 4x100m freestyle.

This year, the 2014 Sainsbury's School Games take place from 4-7 September in Manchester with hundreds of young people hoping to emulate the success of Britain's top athletes achieved in Glasgow.

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