Posted: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:35
The Commonwealth Games saw some fantastic performances from GO GOLD Athletes past and present - Laura Samuel, Lucy Garner and Lucy Hall.
GO GOLD Graduate Laura Samuel produced her top performance when it mattered, claiming silver in the triple jump. She smashed her personal best with her first ever 14-metre plus jump – a second round leap of 14.09m. Jamaican favourite Kimberly Williams took gold with a season's best 14.21m. Laura's performance moved her to third on the all-time British list behind Ashia Hansen, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 2002, and Yamile Aldama, the former world indoor champion.
Former GO GOLD Ambassador Lucy Garner performed her role to perfection as the England women's road race team enjoyed a superb end to the Commonwealth Games with a one-two finish.Team leader Lizzie Armitstead broke clear on the final lap to take gold while the retiring Emma Pooley clung on to grab silver in Glasgow. Lucy performed her domestique role perfectly, along with teammates Laura Trott, Hannah Barnes and Dani King, selflessly chasing down any potential breakaways on the opening five laps of the 98km circuit. Armitstead and Pooley then broke clear to grab the medals meaning Lucy could sit up and roll to the finish safe in the knowledge that her job was done, finishing 20th overall in a time of 2hr 44min 12secs.
GO GOLD Ambassador Lucy Hall sacrificed herself for the greater good as England claimed Commonwealth Games triathlon gold and bronze on the opening day in Glasgow. The 22-year old, from Lutterworth, broke away from the leading pack during the 10km bike ride and paid the price at Strathclyde Country Park as she eventually came home in 11th place. Medalists Stimpson and Holland paid tribute to Hall – the youngest member of England's six-strong triathlon team – for making their rivals work harder than they had planned in the testing conditions.
(Source: Leicester Mercury)