Eilish McColgan was one of the stars of the Commonwealth Games after she replicated her mother's success ©Getty Images

Past and present athletes from British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) achieved a total of 132 medals, including 42 golds, at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

BUCS competitors from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland succeeded the most in the pool with 47 medals.

Two-time Olympic champion Tom Dean of Bath starred for England as he became the most-decorated athlete at a single Commonwealth Games after winning one gold and six silvers.

Duncan Scott of Stirling made history as Scotland's best athlete at the competition after claiming two golds and four bronzes to bring his overall collection to 13.

The competition saw more than 200 BUCS athletes compete across 10 sports.

The Alexander Stadium was the stage for more BUCS success as the athletes sealed 18 medals, seven of which were gold.

One of the highlights was former BUCS champion Eilish McColgan, from Dundee and representing Scotland, running to gold to mark 36 years since her mother, Liz, achieved the same feat.

Athletes who went to Loughborough University were most successful at Birmingham 2022 ©BUCS
Athletes who went to Loughborough University were most successful at Birmingham 2022 ©BUCS

Loughborough's Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker obtained gold in the T45-47 100 metres final for England.

Of the England women's side that won the hockey title, 14 had played in the BUCS programme while 17 men’s players from the institution won bronze.

Two medals were acquired in boxing while 10 were gained in judo.

"After the accomplishments of BUCS athletes in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, hopes were high going into the Commonwealth Games," Jenny Morris, the director of delivery at BUCS, said.

"Yet, it is safe to say that with 132 medals being won, athletes have completely exceeded expectations once again.

"We are incredibly proud of their achievements on the world stage and all the hard work that has gone into getting them to that point.

"The investment that universities make into helping athletes achieve this type of success is pivotal, so we especially want to recognise that and thank them for the crucial role they play.

"The fact that 32 universities were a part of those 132 medals shows the calibre of university sport in the UK, and the undeniable pathway that it provides for international sporting success."