REVIEW OF THE YEAR PART THREE: Olympic medals light up a super summer

Huntingdon sailor Giles Scott struck gold in Rio.

Huntingdon sailor Giles Scott struck gold in Rio. - Credit: Archant

Our look back at the sporting highlights of 2016 continues with July to September’s best moments . . .

Louis Smith won another Olympic medal. Picture: DAVID DAVIES/PA WIRE.

Louis Smith won another Olympic medal. Picture: DAVID DAVIES/PA WIRE. - Credit: PA


Athletics: Hunts AC members Polly Smith (Under 20 Women’s 3,000m) and Harriet Bruce (Under 17 Women’s 80m hurdles) struck gold at the Eastern Counties Championships.

Trampolining: Carys Verdicchio, of the Huntingdon-based Rotations club, finished fourth in the 9/10yrs Elite category at the British Championships.

Top boxing prospect Bradley Smith shows off his International Challenge title with father, Andy.

Top boxing prospect Bradley Smith shows off his International Challenge title with father, Andy. - Credit: Archant

Boxing: Shona Whitwell, of St Ives Boxing Academy, picked up an international medal when finishing as runner-up in the female 60kg category at the Monkstown Box Cup, in Dublin.

Cricket: Big-hitting Aussie Blake Mills achieved a rare feat by smashing six sixes in an over during Ramsey’s victory at Orton Park in a Rutland League match.

Cycling: Rising St Neots star Jacob Hennessy claimed the biggest success of his career when winning the Skipton Grand Prix event – part of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series.

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Speedway: Huntingdon rider Danny King helped Great Britain to silver medals in the final of the World Cup at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester.Bowls: Ed Elmore (Warboys) and Richard Wilson (Hemingfords) both completed honours hat-tricks at the Hunts County Finals. Barbara Clutterbuck (Hemingfords), Janet Chapman (Hemingfords), Sandra Day (Somersham) and Pauline Whitlesey (Somersham) all did doubles.

Motorsport: Papworth racer Sam Tomlinson starred at Brands Hatch as he took his first race victory in the BARC Mighty Mini Championship.

Sailing: Huntingdon duo Tom Proctor and Henry Hutchinson won the Mount Haes Trophy at the National Youth Regatta.

Fencing: Huntingdon star Matt Dalton won the Cambridgeshire county title – by beating clubmate Tim Bissell in the final.


Sailing: Huntingdon man Giles Scott made a glorious Olympic Games debut by storming to Finn class glory. The 29-year-old clinched gold with a race to spare.

Hockey: Former St Ives player Hannah MacLeod, who grew up in Buckden, helped the Great Britain women’s team to Olympic glory.

Gymnastics: Louis Smith collected his fourth Olympic medal when taking silver on the pommel horse in Rio. The 27-year-old was pipped to glory by Great Britain team-mate Max Whitlock.

Athletics: Former St Neots resident Robbie Grabarz missed out on a second Olympic medal when finishing fourth in the high jump in Rio.

Football: St Ives Town drew 1-1 against Stratford Town in their first-ever game at Southern League Premier Division level.

Martial Arts: Five members of Huntingdon & St Ives Tang Soo Do club – Katlin Thomas, Bradley Dearney, Katie Alexander, Jack Jones and Peter Dudgeon – won medals at the World Championships in America.

Bowls: St Neots talent Rebecca Moorbey was pipped in the Under 25 final at the Bowls England National Championships in Leamington by former Commonwealth Games medallist Sophie Tolchard.

Athletics: Shannon Flockhart added Southern Counties Championship gold to her collection of honours. The rising Hunts AC star won the Under 15 Girls’ 1,500m.

Triathlon: Beatrice Pauley (12), of Huntingdon BRJ Run & Tri, won the overall Tristar 2 category in the Eastern Region Children’s League series.

Bowls: Warboys White Hart completed a Durham Trophy hat-trick by beating Hemingford A 101-75 to win the Hunts county team crown for the third successive year.


Paratriathlon: Pre-race favourite Lauren Steadman, from Sawtry, had to settle for silver at the Paralympics after taking a wrong turn during the Women’s PT4 event in Rio. Papworth lady, Clare Cunningham, finished in seventh place.

Boxing: Unbeaten St Ives prospect Bradley Smith captured his first professional title when stopping Czech opponent Richard Walter, in London, to lift the International Challenge lightweight belt.

Cycling: Holly Hoy (15) picked up two gold medals at the School Games. The Hinchingbrooke School pupil took the individual sprint crown and also helped Eastern England to the team time-trial prize.

Amputee Football: Goalkeeper Gary Marheineke helped England finish third in the Amp Futbol International Tournament, in Poland.

Cricket: St Ives missed out on the Tucker Gardner League Division Two title when leapfrogged by March on a rainy final day of the season, but Ryan Withers’ men did claim promotion.

Boxing: St Ives Boxing Academy fighter Tyler Goodjohn was beaten on points by holder Johnny Garton in an English welterweight title fight in London.

Wheelchair Table Tennis: Daniel Bullen, from St Neots, took silver in the School Games. He was pipped by Welshman Cellan Hall in the final.

Athletics: Richard Phelan collected three medals at the British Masters Championships. The 55-year-old Hunts AC member won gold in the high jump, silver in the pole vault and silver in the triple jump.

Gymnastics: Isabella Fleming won the overall Junior Level 2 title at the East Region Age Group Championships, in Ipswich. Fellow Huntingdon Gymnastics Club talents Teegan Milligan, Leda Rehus and Lucy Patten also won medals.

Cricket: Eaton Socon Under 19s won the Natwest Club T20 Regional Finals on home turf at Peppercorns Lane. They beat Stony Stratford and Southill Park to triumph in the Cambs/Beds/Bucks area.

Boxing: Shona Whitwell picked up another major medal when taking bronze at the European Youth & Junior Championships in Turkey.