BUCS Nationals witnessed medals, mascots, records and more on a jam-packed and thrilling second day in Sheffield.

All six sports were in action, with the one-day Climbing event providing thrills late into the evening. Defending champion Joe Xiberras from University of Leeds and Louise Flockhart of Newcastle University took home the men’s and women’s titles respectively, in front of an awed crowd at Climbing Works.

The Karate competition got underway in a febrile atmosphere at Ponds Forge, with five gold medals given away on the opening day, all to University of Nottingham students.

In addition to the team Kata, and male and female Kumite titles, James Harrison and Jordanna Williams won the male and female senior individual events, respectively.

In the pool, there were more medals for some of the stars of the competition. World Champion Loughborough’s Daniel Wiffen produced a typically brilliant swim to beat his own personal BUCS record by more than 20 seconds in the open 800m final, while Keanna MacInnes (Stirling) beat her own Scottish record in the 50m butterfly.

Olver Morgan also claimed a BUCS record in the open 200m Backstroke, claiming his second gold of the meeting for University of Birmingham. In the race of the evening, University of Bath’s Josh Gammon pipped Swansea’s Lewis Fraser, a winner last night, to victory in the to 50m Butterfly gold by just .15 of a second.

The Athletics competition saw just the one gold awarded on Day two, as heats for tomorrow’s finals hotted up.

The only gong was handed to Loughborough’s hugely impressive Zac Davies, who threw a personal best of 16.24m to push his teammate Dillon Claydon and University of Bristol’s Kaan Tosun into 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The Badminton competition continues to enthral, with close to 300 matches taking place over the 16 courts at EIS. Five gold medals will be up for grabs tomorrow, as the competition – and the BUCS Nationals event – draws to a close.

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