Lindsey Maguire and Naomi Folkard perform well at London 2012

University of Birmingham alumna Lindsey Maguire was part of the fifth-placed GB team in the final of the women’s eight rowing at Eton Dorney on Thursday 2 August.

The 2002 Maths and Psychology graduate was part of the bronze medal winning team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu and helped her team make it all the way to the Olympic final in London this week, just eight years after taking up the sport.

The USA team, undefeated in years, maintained their form to retain gold in a time of 6:10.59, with Canada taking silver in 6:12.06 and the Netherlands claiming bronze in 6:13.12.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Music graduate Naomi Folkard missed out on a place in the women’s individual archery last 16 after losing to 10th ranked Mexican Mariana Avitia at Lord’s, having gained revenge on Russia by knocking out Kristina Timofeeva in the first round, after losing to them in the team competition.

Naomi took to Twitter to show her appreciation to her supporters: “Thank you to everybody for your overwhelming and unconditional support. You made it special for every Team GB athlete.”

Alumni Hannah England, Louise Hazel and James Fair remain in contention in the1500m, Heptathlon and Hockey respectively and all at UBSport wishes them the best of luck.