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First-ever Team UK Invictus Games gold medallist Alex Tate wins Long Jump at 2018 Sydney Games




Bury St Edmunds’ golden son Alex Tate has done it again at the Invictus Games, and will return from Oz with one Gold medal.

The 28-year-old won gold in the IJ1 Long Jump final at the 2018 Games in Sydney for his second Invictus Gold medal – having entered the history books in 2014 by winning Team UK their first ever Games medal in the IT1 100m.

Watch Alex win that first ever Invictus Games medal in 2014 below:

Alex Tate (BSE) training ahead of gold medal winning performance in Long Jump at 2018 Invictus Games. Picture: Contributed (5020383)
Alex Tate (BSE) training ahead of gold medal winning performance in Long Jump at 2018 Invictus Games. Picture: Contributed (5020383)

Trying to retain that title this year, he took a credible Bronze medal in a time of 13.31 on the final day of events.

He was pipped to the title by the UK's Kushal Limbu, who went one better than his Silver medal in the 2014 event that Tate won. Australia's Stix Parker took Silver at the 2018 event with 13.02.

Alex, speaking after winning gold in the Long Jump, said: "The atmosphere was just incredible. I couldn’t hear myself think with all the screaming going on.

"We had the full Tate team there today.”

His cousin Matthew Tate (who was injured just four days after Alex in Afghanistan and competed in powerlifting earlier this week), described the day as “amazing”.

The two have both been representing the town on the global stage at the games in Australia – two of the 72-strong contingent of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans from the UK to compete.

Matt finished ninth in the Men’s Midweight IP5 Powerlifting event in his first Invictus Games experience. He previously spoke to the Bury Free Press about his excitement and the role of the event in his recovery.

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Alex Tate with his gold medal - .photo credit Corporal Andy Reddy. (5021985) Matthew and Alex Tate (BSE Invictus Games competitors) in the background right (5021107) Alex Tate (BSE) training ahead of gold medal winning performance in Long Jump at 2018 Invictus Games. Picture: Contributed (5020385) Alex Tate, head shot - Bury St Eds Invictus Games competitor. Picture: Contributed (5020387) Matthew Tate, powerlifter at Invictus Games 2018 - from BSE. Picture: Contributed (5020396) Alex Tate with Invictus Games gold medal. Picture: Contributed (5029754)


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