Team Griffith striding ahead at Glasgow

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If Griffith University were a country, it would be running fourth on the medal tally at the moment in Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Griffith students and alumni have received nine gold medals, a silver and two bronze between them. They all contribute, of course, to Australia’s run to the top of the Glasgow medals table, but looked at as Team Griffith, they would trail only their own country, England and Scotland.

The latest victory comes from Business graduate and marathon runner Michael Shelley who set a personal best of 2 hours and 11 minutes 15 seconds over the 42km course to take the gold medal.

He adds to the pace set by outstanding Australian swimmer and Griffith student Emma McKeon who has won three gold and a bronze medal.

The Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion student won the 4 x100m freestyle relay; 4x200m freestyle relay; 200m individual freestyle; and was third in 100m butterfly.

Taylor McKeown (Bachelor of Science) won gold in 200m breaststroke, as did Leiston Pickett (Bachelor of Commerce) in the 50m breaststroke.

Cameron McEvoy (Bachelor of Science) was part of the gold-medal 4x100m freestyle team and won silver in the 200m individual freestyle.

Brittany Elmslie (Bachelor of Business) won gold alongside teammate Emma in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay and also receives another precious gold medal for swimming the heats that lead to the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay win.

Commerce graduate Brandie O’Connor won bronze in the paracycling tandem sprint.

Chris Wright (Bachelor of Environmental Design) made the final of the 50m butterfly and Ashleigh Gentle (Bachelor of Public Health and Health promotion) finished ninth in the women’s triathlon

Kelsey Cottrell (Bachelor of Journalism) made the quarter finals of the women’s singles lawn bowls and Science graduate Tegan Napper just missed out on a medal when she finished fourth in the 48kg weightlifting event.

Medal tally rankings are based on the number of gold medals. In total number of medals “Team Griffith” would be ninth among the Commonwealth nations at this stage.

Marathon runner Michael Shelley - a Griffith Business graduate

Griffith Business graduate and Commonwealth Games marathon gold medal winner Michael Shelley Photo: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

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