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University's Olympic stars hit the headlines

14 August 2012

The outstanding success of Bristol University's Olympians has hit the national and local headlines as Great Britain hails its athletic heros.

Past and present University of Bristol students won a total of five medals at London 2012, an achievement which puts the University among the most successful in the country. Their headline-grabbing performances attracted huge media attention as Great Britain revelled in the sporting success of the nation's top athletes.

Laura Bechtolsheimer won gold in the team dressage and an individual bronze medal. Her links to Bristol University were featured in the Daily Mail, Evening Standard and The Telegraph.

Silver medallist Hannah Mills, who was triumphant in the women’s 470 sailing with partner Saskia Clark, had her efforts covered by BBC News, the Daily Mail and The Mirror.

The bronze medal winning efforts of Georgie Twigg with the women's hockey team received extensive coverage in The Post, Western Daily Press, The Times Higher, The Telegraph, The Mirror, The People and The Times.

Iain Percy sailed to success in the Men’s Star Class at Weymouth and won a silver medal. His achievements and links with Bristol were featured in The Telegraph.

Hurdler Lawrence Clarke's spectacular effort to finish fourth in the men's 110m hurdles was covered by The Independent, The Telegraph and extensively in The Post.

The overall success of these athletes, who are past and present students, was followed by the local media including The Post, Bristol 247 website, Jack FM, BBC Radio Bristol, ITV West and Heart FM.

Full press release: High-five! Medal collection puts Bristol among the best

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