Jason Gardener and Ben Rushgrove from Bath have become the first athletes to be recognised in the University of Bath's Hall of Fame for Sport. The University has created the Hall of Fame at the entrance of the Sports Training Village, a training base for some of Britain's top athletes.
Professor Kevin Edge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, said: “I’d like to congratulate Jason and Ben on becoming the first two athletes to be inducted to the University’s Hall of Fame for Sport.
“It’s fitting that such inspirational athletes who were both born in Bath should be the first to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. As well as achieving success at the very highest level of sport, they have been outstanding ambassadors, both for the University of Bath and the City of Bath.”
Jason Gardener MBE, who won gold in the 4x100m relay at the Athens 2004 Olympics, said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Hall of Fame. I feel extremely proud that my time and achievements training at the University of Bath have been recognised in this very special way."
Ben Rushgrove, who won silver at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and bronze at London 2012, said:
“When I started on this journey I had no idea I would end up in a Hall of Fame. It's a privilege to have represented my country and I hope the Hall of Fame will inspire others to one day get their picture on it.”
Dorchester's Paul Blake, who trains at the University of Bath, has followed up his silver medal success with a bronze in last night's 800m. The 22 year old, who has cerebral palsy, came home in 2:08.24. He has made his debut at London 2012 and says it's an honour to put the GB vest on every time.
Team Bath athlete Katrina Hart has won bronze with her team-mates, Bethany Woodward, Olivia Breen and Jenny McLoughlin, in the T35-58 4x100m relay. The quartet kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with a baton fumble but still managed to finish in 56.08 secs.
Team Bath athlete Paul Blake, who's from Dorchester, is celebrating winning silver in the Men's T36 400m final. It's his first Paralympic games and he crossed the line behind Russian athlete, Evgenii Shvetcov who set a new world record.
The 22-year-old, who's the son of a Star Wars actor and a ballet dancer, ran a new personal best of 54.22 seconds. He said the roar of the crowd gave him an extra pair of legs.
22 year old Lawrence Clarke, who trains at Bath University, made it through the 110 metre semi-finals in a personal best time. But the competition proved too strong in the final and he finished in fourth place.
The British Paralympic athletics team will be anounced this afternoon (4:30pm) in Bath. Among the athletes hoping to make the team is sprinter Ben Rushgrove, who won the silver medal in the 100 meters in Beijing in 2008.
The Olympic medallist Tasha Danvers, who trained at Bath University and lives in Box in Wiltshire, has revealed she attempted suicide under the pressure of injury and trying to prepare for the Olympics.
She won a bronze in the 400 metre hurdles in 2008 in Beijing and was hoping to achieve similar glory this year in London, but an Achilles problem brought a premature end to her career.
Tonight she spoke to Ian Axton and Cordelia Lynch about her struggle.