Lincolnshire Unbeaten in Rio So Far

By Zoe Conville on August 11th, 2016 - comments

It’s day six of the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil and Lincolnshire’s athletes are currently undefeated.

Adam Peaty, coached by Boston-born ex-swimmer Mel Marshall, secured the first gold of the Rio Olympics for Great Britain back on Day 2. Adam broke his own world record twice – once in the heats and once in the final – to secure 100m breaststroke victory in 57.13 seconds.

Team GB’s Women’s Hockey team, which includes Lincolnshire’s Shona McCallin, Hannah McLeod, Georgie Twigg and Crista Cullen, find themselves top of Pool B after three incredible victories.

The team beat Australia 2 -1 in their first game earlier this week and a few days later secured an impressive 3 – 0 win over India in their second match.

Last night was their toughest match yet as they faced the world number two team, Argentina, but if they were nervous they certainly didn’t show it.

Helen Richardson-Walsh gave Team GB a 2 – 0 lead after 25 minutes, scoring two goals within a matter of minutes, and Sophie Bray put home a third just after half time.

Despite Argentina battling hard, GB’s three-goal lead was too much, the final score 3 -2 to Great Britain, securing GB’s place in the quarter finals next week.

Still to come from Lincolnshire is Scunthorpe-born open water swimmer, Jack Burnell.

The 10km swimming race is a relatively new Olympic sport, having first been introduced at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as part of the swimming programme. Now it’s a standalone sport, spread across two days with the women swim first, followed by the men 24 hours later.

Watch Jack in the 10km marathon swimming final next Tuesday 16th August at 1pm.

Great Britain are currently placed 9th overall on the medal table after securing two more gold medals and three bronze medals yesterday.

For information on all of the Olympic sports taking place in Rio, head over to the BBC Sport website where you’ll find an Olympic schedule and athlete profiles.