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Olympic Golds for Cambridge Alumni

If you haven’t been glued to your TV screens watching the Olympics, why not? We’re all still recovering from watching Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah all take home medals last Saturday, and last night’s cycling didn’t exactly help us to an early night either (three starts in the keirin anyone?). It has been a brilliant event so far, and incredibly two Cambridge University alumni have taken home gold medals.

First up was rower George Nash, who on day 7 at the Olympics won a Gold medal as part of the men’s coxless four, alongside Alex Gregory, Constantine Louloudis and Mohamed Sbihi. For those who don’t know George, he studied Engineering at St Catharine’s and was a member of CUBC. He initially rowed in Goldie in 2009, and moved to the Blue Boat in the 2010 and 2011 Races. After a break for the summer Olympics he returned for the 2013 race during which time he was president of CUBC.
George’s win was then followed by a win on day 8 for fellow alumnus Tom Ransley, who spent his time at Cambridge at Hughes Hall studying History and Management Studies (he missed out on rowing with George, as he rowed in the Blue Boat in the 2008 and 2009 races). Tom took home his Gold medal as part of the men’s eight, the first time Team GB has won Gold in that event since 2000.

Congratulations also have to go to University alumni Emma Pooley and Mark Aldred, who although didn’t get to take home medals, have done the University proud by representing their country on the biggest sporting stage there is.

All we have now is Alistair Brownlee, who we’ll be rooting for in the Triathlon this Thursday (18th), even if he did only spend a term at Girton before deciding to focus more on his triathlon training back in Leeds. A wise decision as it turns out!