Kellogg Olympians win medals at Rio

15 August 2016

Kellogg’s Olympic athletes have secured medals for their countries at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Paul Bennett (MSc Computer Science, 2013) won a gold medal for Team GB in the men’s eight rowing final.

The British men’s eight had not won the Olympic title since 2000 and, despite being undefeated in world championships in the past three years, they had not won a race this season before the Olympics. Paul Bennett was asked if it was a masterstroke of peaking at the right time; “No, definitely not,” he responded. “This is eights racing – you have no idea what’s going to happen until the day.

“It’s a separate beast entirely, people really have to get themselves up for it. The nerves, the pressure, there’s nothing else like it. We haven’t been saving anything at any point in the season.”

Tom Mitchell (2011) has won a silver medal in rugby sevens, again for Team GB. They were beaten by Fiji in the final. Speaking afterwards Tom, who was also the team captain, said; “I had a few tears at the end.”

He went on to say, “Everyone has worked so hard, and it has been an amazing journey. It is a nice little way to finish it with a silver medal. There were those who thought we wouldn’t do so well out here, and we knew we had to come here and scrap. We knew it was about working hard. They (Fiji) turned it up a notch, and we’ve seen them do that on the World Series in the last couple of years. They are an incredibly talented bunch of guys, and when they are on form, they are very difficult to stop. They got a few scores ahead, which meant we had to chase the game a little bit, then it got a bit loose and that is what they thrive on. It is the national sport in Fiji, and those guys will go home and be heroes. I am very happy for their whole group.”

Our congratulations go to both Paul and Tom.