Students and alumni win more than 60% of Team GB's London 2012 Olympic medal
13 August 2012
Students and alumni from the UK's colleges and universities won more than 60% of Team GB's London 2012 Olympic medals with more than 50 institutions laying claim to educating and supporting the British athletes who made it onto the podium.
Of Great Britain's 29 gold medals, students and graduates from UK institutions provided 20 - which equates to nearly 70%.
In terms of total medals, Team GB won 65 - with Team FE and HE claiming 12 silver and ten bronze medals to take their overall total to 42, which, if they were a nation, would put them fifth on the London 2012 Olympic medal table.
The University of Edinburgh won the closely-fought battle at the top of the Podium FE and HE medal table after two cycling golds for Sir Chris Hoy and one for fellow graduate, rower Katherine Grainger, edged them ahead.
Seven institutions finished the Games with two golds to their credit, with boxing success for Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua ensuring that Dearne Valley College made a late surge towards the top of the table.
The University of Nottingham ended up joint-second in the table, thanks in the main to a dominant performance in the men's double canoe slalom event.
Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, both graduates of the University, took gold, while David Florence, also of the University of Nottingham, took silver alongside partner Richard Hounslow, a Nottingham Trent University graduate.
The University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Reading, University of St Andrews and Open University all performed well, while Mo Farah's iconic achievements in the Olympic Stadium meant that St Mary's University College also ended up with two gold medals.
Among the other FE institutions to excel were Peter Symonds College, who claimed a medal of each colour - with former student Ben Ainslie earning his fourth Olympic title - as well as Bradford College and Hopwood Hall College, who saw ex-student Nicola Adams pick up the first ever women's Olympic boxing title.
Jessica Ennis' much-publicised heptathlon gold put her former institution, the University of Sheffield, on the table, while Victoria Pendleton's gold and silver medals benefitted Northumbria University.
Great Britain's bronze medal in the women's hockey competition also made a huge impression on the medal table, as the squad is made up entirely of students and graduates.
In total, 26 institutions claimed at least one gold medal, with 51 winning at least one medal of any colour.
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