27th August 2017
JUDD STEPS UP TO SENSATIONAL 5000M BRONZE
Jess Judd (Mick Judd, Loughborough University) added to Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s medal tally at the World University Games with a bronze medal in the 5000m, whilst three other British athletes placed inside the top six in finals.
Judd, who has raced 1500m for much of the track season, enjoyed a successful transition to the 5000m distance in Taipei, but was made to fight hard to earn her place on the podium. She found herself locked in battle with Canada’s Jessica O’Connell in the closing stages, and the pair were only separated by a few hundredths; Judd clocking 15.15.19 for a world university medal whilst the Canadian bagged the silver in 15:50.96. Germany’s Hanna Klein was victorious, comfortably winning in 15:45.28.
Louise Small (Mick Woods, St Mary’s University) was also near to the medals in the 5000m, chasing Judd but finishing four seconds back in 15:55.55 to place fourth. That added to a 10th place in the 10,000m on the first evening of competition to complete a busy week for the St Mary’s student.
Amelia Strickler (Paul Wilson, Miami University) saw a big improvement from her qualification round in the women’s shot put final, throwing superbly to claim sixth position with a personal best of 17.13m. It added 1cm to her previous best set in February this year and showed the Miami-based athlete producing her best when it mattered the most. With four throws in the 16m range and one foul, her standout throw came in round five and earned her one of her best results in her career so far. Canada’s Brittany Crew won with a last round effort of 18.34m.
In the 3000m steeplechase, Zak Seddon (Jeff Seddon, Florida State) battled hard in a tight contest, coming home in sixth position in a time of 8:39.30. There were four seconds separating the top six but as Krystian Zalewski of Poland stormed to victory, Seddon settled for sixth position in his first world university final.
James Bowness (William Parker, Glasgow Caledonian University) bowed out of the men’s 800m at the semi-final stage; a fourth place finish in 1:48.78 was not enough to see him progress to the final.
Over in the long jump, Daniel Gardiner (John Crotty / Mike Stayman, Leeds Beckett) leaped a best of 7.59m in round one in qualification group B but he missed out on a place in the final on the last day of competition.
The athletics timetable for the World University Games can be found here.
The action is available to watch live here, and there will be daily round-ups of track and field action posted on www.britishathletics.org.uk.