Team GB tops medal tally at World Transplant Games

Photo credit: Melissa Fehr

Team GB came out top of the overall medal tally at the 20th World Transplant Games this month, earning 121 gold, 76 silver and 48 bronze across all the sports and age categories. Argentina came in second, South Africa in third, and Hungary fourth.

Hosted in Mar del Plata, Argentina, The World Transplant Games is supported by the International Olympic Committee and represents the largest organ donor awareness event in the world, featuring 13 sporting events and competitors from 50 countries.

Following our interview last week, 36-year-old bone marrow transplant survivor Melissa Fehr scooped her fair share of medals including first lady of any age category, a gold medal and a new World Record (5:36) in the 1500m, first lady of any age category and a gold medal in the 400m, first lady of any age category and gold medal in the 800m and gold in the 4x400 women's relay.

‘Adding this to first lady finish and gold from the 5K road race (there are no World Records for the road race due to changeable terrain over different years, but my 19:04 time is the fastest recorded time for any female WTG road race) and the women's team gold from the road race, I ended up with 6 gold medals, 4 individual World Champion titles, 2 team golds, and a new World Record!’ Melissa told Runner’s World.

‘Needless to say, I am utterly over the moon with this result,' she added. 'I knew I'd trained as hard as I possibly could have over the past 8 months, but I had a small foot injury in July which set back my training a bit, and I had no idea what the competition would be like. I was hoping to get a few golds, but a clean sweep of golds and new PBs was just spectacular. And I'm still not quite sure the World Record has sunk in yet!

‘The wonderful thing about the World Transplant Games is that the success of Team GB is not just a reflection on our athletes, but also on the NHS and what a world class job it does with organ and bone marrow transplants as well as post-transplant health and quality of life.’

For more information, visit World Transplant Games Federation.