Olympic silver medals for Hounslow and men’s rugby sevens
Yesterday was another successful day for FE alumni at the Olympic Games, with Richard Hounslow and TeamGB’s men’s rugby sevens team adding silver medals to the tally.
Hounslow, who attended Harrow College, won silver with canoe slalom partner David Florence at London 2012. And the pair managed to replicate their achievement in the C2 event yesterday – missing out on gold by less than half a second to Slovakia.
The TeamGB duo were third to last to tackle the Deodoro course, but managed to hold on to second place when the pair from the Czech Republic overturned and the Germans faltered in the final stages to finish fourth.
Later in the day, former Hartpury College student Dan Norton and former Gower College Swansea student James Davies helped TeamGB to silver in the men’s rugby sevens.
With the team having only come together a few months ago, they surpassed all expectations by reaching the final.
TeamGB beat South Africa in a nail-biting semi-final by seven points to five, with the winning try coming from Norton. But they came up short against an incredibly impressive Fiji side in the final, who earned their nation’s first ever Olympic medal with a 43-7 victory – Norton again with TeamGB’s solitary try.
Elsewhere, Steven Burke (ex-Nelson and Colne College) and Ed Cancy (ex-Kirklees College), helped TeamGB reach the men’s team pursuit semi-finals, finishing three and a half seconds ahead of the rest of the field in qualifying.
They will face New Zealand today.
In the swimming pool, Loughborough College’s Molly Renshaw finished sixth in the 200m breaststroke final, while former Gower College Swansea student Jazz Carlin – who has already won a silver medal in Rio – qualified for the 800m freestyle final which takes place in the early hours of Saturday morning.