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Durham University

Team Durham


Olympic Round Up

(27 July 2021)

It’s been an exciting few days for our Olympians as Tokyo 2020 is now well underway. We’ve been eagerly supporting and following all of the action from home as our Team Durham athletes, past and present, have been working hard to perform in their sports.


On the water, Angus Groom and Matt Rossiter have had a successful few days and are now both preparing for the A-Finals in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls and Men’s Four respectively.

The men’s quad of alum, Angus Groom, Jack Beaumont, Harry Leask and Tom Barras went into their repechage as favourites and duly delivered, establishing a strong rhythm to take the lead by the 500m mark. Their final sprint kept them ahead of Estonia and China as they qualified in first place.


The Men’s Four have won gold in every Olympic Games since 2000. Matt Rossiter and his teammates, Oliver Cook, Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie showed their intention of taking a sixth straight title by leading from the off in their heat, beating Italy and heading straight into the final race.


Rossiter said, “The word is ‘relief’. We knew we had the potential to win that, we didn’t get it quite right but we still won with our B race. We’re pleased to get off the mark.”


We can’t wait to cheer on both boats as they compete for a medal on Wednesday morning. 




Our three hockey players have a busy schedule at the games so far. Jack, Ollie and the GB men have played 3 games in almost as many days whilst Fiona and the women’s team have played two and are now preparing for their third game of the group stages early tomorrow morning (BST).

Going into last night’s clash vs Germany, Great Britain were locked at the top of their group with Belgium after both teams recorded their second consecutive victories. History graduate Jack Waller found himself on the score sheet on his Olympic debut, contributing to GB’s win over South Africa. However, after a tough match against Germany didn’t go in the teams favour, despite an impressive performance from Ollie Payne, they will be even more determined to get back to winning ways in their next match against the Netherlands at 04.15 BST on Thursday.


After falling short Germany by just one goal, Fiona and the Great Britain women went one better yesterday to beat South Africa 4-1 and record their first win, moving them to third in the table on three points ahead of Ireland on goal difference. The Sport and Exercise Science Student and the rest of the squad will looking to secure another 3 points against India on Wednesday morning.



Eli Schenkel made his Olympic debut earlier this week as he competed in the individual Men’s Foil event. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Eli as he fell short to a tough Italian opponent. However, Eli still has it all to play for as he now looks ahead to the team Foil competition at on 1st August against Germany.

Support your Olympians

We wish all of our athletes the best of luck going into their next events and we will endeavour to keep you as up to date as possible on our social media channels. You can show your support by using the hashtag #DUOlympians on social media and we will repost your photos and messages of support! 








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