Wat(er) win for England and the home nations

Dr Nnamdi O. Madichie

Posted: August 3, 2014

As the Commonwealth Games continues in Glasgow, the home nations – England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey – have had some interesting statistics. While only England and Scotland were in the top ten, Wales was not very far behind at eleventh place with an enviable 27 medals (four of which are Gold). While the focus of this article is not on the home nations per se, but on England, the “home nations” are mentioned in order to draw attention to what Great Britain symbolises.

Needless to add that the home nations claimed three of the eight gold medals on the final night of the Commonwealth Games swimming meet – England won the 4x100m medley and Ben Proud, clinched the 50m freestyle; and Wales’ Georgia Davies won gold in the 50m backstroke (ahead of England’s Lauren Quigley).

England – The Water World

At the end of Day 7, England had already accumulated a total of 106 medals ahead of key rivals Australia (with the same total but short on the Gold by three); and Canada (with 51 medals, 22 of which are Gold).

Of the 106 English medals, 28 were clinched in the Water, as Team England claimed its place in the swimming with ten Gold medals (nearly half of Australia’s performance but well ahead Canada’s 4) as can be seen in table 1. England’s gold medals include the Men’s 4x100m medley (ahead of Australia and South Africa) and the 50m freestyle won by 19-year old Ben Proud, who lived up to his name by doing the country proud.

Table 1. Swimming Medals Table

Gold Silver Bronze Total
Australia 19 21 17 57
England 10 10 8 28
Canada 4 1 6 11
RSA 3 3 6 12
Scotland 3 3 4 10
New Zealand 3 1 0 4


Other Gold medals were clinched at the Men’s 100m Breaststroke won by Adam Peaty; the Women’s 100m Breaststroke won by Sophie Taylor; Men’s 100m Backstroke (Gold & Bronze, thanks to Chris Walker-Hebborn and Liam Tancock; the Women’s 50m Butterfly won by Francesca Halsall; the Men’s 50m Freestyle won by Ben Proud; the Women’s 50m Freestyle won by Francesca Halsall (with the Campbell sisters of Australia, Cate and Bronte with silver and bronze respectively).

From the above stats, it is clear that distinction goes to England in the 100m breaststroke (Peaty and Taylor); 100m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle (Proud and Halsall).

With regards to silverware, England also registered silver medal wins in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay; Women’s 50m Backstroke thanks to Lauren Quigley; Women’s 100m Butterfly won by Siobhan O’Connor; and the Women’s 200m Butterfly, thanks to Aimee Willmott.

As far as the Bronze medals go, England took the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay (where Tancock, came joint third with Australia’s Josh Beaver); the Men’s 100m Butterfly courtesy of Adam Barrett; Men’s 200m Breaststroke thanks to Andrew Willis; Men’s 400m Freestyle won by James Guy; and the Women’s 200m Breaststroke thanks to Molly Renshaw.

So what’s next for England? In the women’s individual events the trio of Quigley, O’Connor and Willmott can obviously clinch gold next time round. Similarly, in the men’s category Adam Barrett can do better than a Bronze, as he proved in the quartet with team mates Chris Walker-Hebborn(who held off Australia’s Mitch Larkin as he won the 100m backstroke and set a Games record), Adam Brown and Adam Peaty as the set a new Commonwealth record.

Two other key events in the men’s category where the dominance of Australia with a 123 finish – Men’s 100m Freestyle and the Men’s 200m Backstroke – need to be broken.



About Dr Nnamdi O. Madichie

Nnamdi O. Madichie is Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business at Graduate Studies Division, School of Business Administration, Canadian University of Dubai. He has published extensively in the area of sports marketing and management covering topics from the English Premier League, to Middle East Investments in Sports, and Leadership lessons from Sports, especially football. His paper “Management Implications of foreign players in the English Premiership League football” has received 18 citations on GoogleScholar since it was published in 2009. He can be contacted at: