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Edinburgh adds to medal haul

Eilidh Child takes silver in Glasgow.

 Photo of Eilidh Child with her Commonwealth Games silver medal

Physical Education graduate Eilidh Child has claimed a silver medal in the Women’s 400 metres hurdles in Glasgow.

The 27-year-old was beaten to the gold by Jamaican athlete and race favourite Kaliese Spencer but took second place with a time of 55.02.

Scotland’s ‘poster girl’ for the Commonwealth Games also won a silver medal in the same event in Delhi four years ago.

The former PE student from the Moray House School of Education joined the list of sporting greats in the University's Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Student success

Photo of Sarah Adlington

Among other student winners were judoist Sarah Adlington, who won gold for Team Scotland in the +78kg division.

Sarah, who's studying for a BSc in Sport and Recreation Management, edged out England's Jodie Myers.

Also in judo, Andy Burns took bronze in the -90kg category. Andy, who's studying for a MSc in Strength & Conditioning, defeated Australia's Mark Anthony by two Yuko point throws to one.

Chemistry student Corrie Scott, who's also a member of the University's Team Performance Programme, secured a bronze in the 50m breaststroke.

Also in the pool, Michael Jamieson took silver in the 200m breaststroke final, with compatriot Ross Murdoch winning gold.

Michael has close ties with Edinburgh and was previously a member of the University swim team.

He previously took silver at the London Olympics, as well as a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Second year Medicine student Calum Tait finished fifth in the same race, an impressive result with this being his first Games.

Strong showing

Students, staff and alumni competed for Team Scotland in a host of events, including swimming, squash, athletics and hockey.

Some 43 students, staff and graduates were involved in Glasgow, nearly double the number associated with the Delhi 2010 Games.

Sports expertise

The University was represented off the track by staff from the Centre for Sport and Exercise’s Fitness Assessment and Sports Injuries Centre.

Clinical Specialist Lindsay Thomson was appointed Head Physiotherapist to Team Scotland along with her University colleagues Sandi Lyall and Dr Alastair Nicol.

Many of Edinburgh’s athletes competing at the Games were supported through the University’s Individual Performance Programme, which assists leading student sports performers with a range of assistance to help them succeed on the world sporting stage.

This includes tailored fitness conditioning, sports medicine care, funding, access to top class competition and training facilities, advice and flexible study options.

The University’s sports facilities and programmes are among the finest in the UK and have been used a range of professional sports teams, including the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks international rugby teams.

We are delighted to see so many of the University's sports stars, both past and present, forming part of Team Scotland. This is huge credit to their talent and dedication, but also shows the University's unrivalled commitment in giving gifted student athletes access to top quality coaching, sports facilities and pioneering specialist support services. This approach, along-side a world class education, is producing inspirational results and proving hugely beneficial for the athletes and the University.

Jim Aitken MBEDirector of Sport