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World University Games - Days 1,2 & 3

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The cream of British student athletes are competing at the World University Games in Bangkok from 9 August. A team of more than ten UK athletes will compete against students from across the world at the event in Thailand that runs until 14 August.

 

Bangkok 2007 will be the 24th World Student Games, or ‘Universaide’, which began in Warsaw in 1924 and are held every two years. Participants must be aged between 17 and 28 and be studying for a degree or diploma, or have graduated within the last 12 months.

 

GB team’s head coach Callum Orr said:

 

“The level of competition in Bangkok will be extremely high and the experience will be good for the long term development of our athletes who are looking forward to Beijing, London and beyond.”

Ryan Scott 4x100m Final
Ryan Scott 4x100m Final

 

British Performances:

 

Day 1 (9 August)

 

Men's 4x100m relay: The British quartet of Ryan Scott (Bath), Simon Farenden (Leeds Met), Darren Chin (St Mary's) and Simeon Williamson (Middlesex) won their semi-final in 39.78 secs and then finished fourth in the final in a time of 39.31. The event was won by Thailand (39.15), with South Africa (39.20) second and China (39.30) third.

 

Men's 400m: Richard Buck (Leeds Met) won his heat in 46.20 secs.

 

Men's 110m hurdles: William Sharman (Loughborough) was third in his heat in a time of 14.00 secs but finished last in his semi-final in 14.05 secs and did not qualify for the final.

 

Women's 400m: Both Faye Harding (Loughborough) and Kelly Massey (Liverpool John Moores) qualified for the next round. Harding was second in her heat in 54.35 secs and Massey fourth in 53.69 secs.

 

Day 2 (10 August)

 

Men's 100m: Both Ryan Scott (Bath) and Simeon Williamson (Middlesex) qualified for the second round. Scott was second in his heat in 10.59 secs and Williamson won his heat in 10.79 secs. Later in the day both finished in thrid place in their respective second round heats in the identical time of 10.56 secs.

 

Men's 400m: Richard Buck (Leeds Met) won his semi-final in 46.41 secs.

 

Women's 400m: The semi-finals of the women's 400m saw both Faye Harding (Loughborough) and Kelly Massey (Liverpool John Moores) both fail to qualify. Harding was fifth in 53.55 secs and Massey sixth in 54.01 secs.

 

Men's High Jump: Martyn Bernard (Liverpool John Moores) qualified for the final with a second time clearance at 2.20m.

 

Women's Hammer Final: Zoe Derham (Gloucestershire) finished 14th in the hammer final with a throw of 59.14m. The event was won by Darya Pchelnik (Belarus) with 68.74m, with Ireland's Eileen O'Keefe second (68.46m) and Lenka Ledvinova (Czech Republic) third with 66.41m.

 

Day 3 (11 August)

 

Men's 100m: Simeon Williamson (Middlesex) qualified as fourth fastest for the final in 10.49 sec.  A time of 10.76 secs for Ryan Scott (Bath) was not good enough to get him a final position. The final was held later in the day with Williamson winning in 10.28 secs but is being rerun on Sunday 12 August due to officials deciding that the race was not fairly run because of a timing malfunction.

 

Men's 400m final: Richard Buck (Leeds Met) finished sixth in 46.53 secs in a race won by Sean Wroe (Australia) in 45.49 secs.

 

Men's high jump final: A fifth place finish for Martyn Bernard (Liverpool John Moores) after jumping 2.23m. Gold went to Alexander Shustov (Russia) who cleared 2.31m.

 

Men's 400m hurdles: Both Ben Carne (Cambridge) and Steven Green (Bath) finished second to qualify from their first round runs. Carne clocked 50.76 secs and Green 51.44 secs.

 

Men's 800m: In the heats Richard Hill (UWIC) qualified in a season's best of 1:46.90, whilst Michael Coltherd (Loughborough) finished fourth in 1:50.43 and out of the qualification positions.

 

Women's 800m: Qualification from the heats for Loughborough students Charlotte Best and Laura Finucane. Best finished third in 2:05.57 and Finucane second in 2:07.93

 

Men's 3000m steeplechase: Jermaine Mays (University of the Arts) ran 8:34.44 to finish seventh and qualify for the final as a fastest loser from his heat. Frank Tickner (Birmingham) also finished seventh in his heat in 8:49 82 but did not qualify.

 

 

For timetable, reports, results and pictures visit: http://www.busa.org.uk