Gilbert takes the trophy

Posted on May 1, 2013 by



Manchester’s Richard Gilbert, linguistics undergraduate and captain of our University Challenge team, received the University Challenge champions’ trophy from Lord Rees on TV this Monday – after a stunning performance that saw them turn the tables on University College London.

UCL had never looked threatened throughout the competition, storming through the early rounds without breaking a sweat (and beating Manchester in the quarter finals, in the process). This match, however, was a different kettle of fish. Manchester started off in fantastic form, leaving a stunned UCL on the starting line for some time. And though UCL staged a comeback in the last ten minutes of the show, it was not enough to bring them within reach of Manchester’s score, and they finally succumbed 190-140.

Manchester’s victory means that they retain, as defending champions, the trophy won by last year’s team. It’s the university’s fourth victory in eight years, equalling a record set by Magdalen College, Oxford.

Manchet congratulates Barr, Brice, Brown and of course our very own Richard Gilbert!

UPDATE: Gilbert appeared on BBC Breakfast on 2nd May. Here’s a picture to prove it:

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