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Matthew takes gold and bronze medals at games
12:56pm Thursday 17th May 2012 in Sport
LYMM cyclist Matthew Gibson got his taste of the Olympic atmosphere with a gold and bronze at the Sainsbury’s School Games in London.
The 15-year-old made a dream start when he claimed gold in the Criterium Eliminator at Redbridge Cycling Centre.
He added bronze in the boys’ team time trial the following day, his North West team missing out on silver by just 0.34 seconds.
The Lymm High School pupil moved on to the Olympic Velodrome, where he finished sixth and eighth in the boys’ team sprint and the keirin respectively.
Warriors of Warrington swimmer Adam Ravenscroft smashed his personal best to claim 100m breaststroke silver in front of 7,000 spectators at the Olympic Aquatics Centre.
The Bridgewater High School pupil said: “I was absolutely shattered at the end of the race but I was pleased to beat my personal best by about three seconds.
“I hadn’t competed at the Aquatics centre before so it was a bit daunting but it was more exciting than anything.”
Clubmate Leah Evans, of Birchwood High, also set a personal best of 1min 3.72secs on her way to bronze in the 100m butterfly.
St Benedicts’ Coral Farrell, aged 10, of St Benedicts, competed against swimmers five years older than herself in the 50m and 100m freestyle disability events and came seventh and fourth, with personal bests of 42.11secs and 1min 28.64secs.
Warrington Athletics Club’s Matt Hulse claimed bronze in the 1,500m steeplechase.