On 19 July 2015 In Athletics News

Federation of University Sports Championships

For the first time in the club’s history two members, David Lima representing Portugal and Dee Ann Kentish Rogers (pictured) representing Anguilla, have competed in the athletics events at the FISU Championships, (formerly World Student Games) in Gwangju, Korea from July 8th to 12th.

The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games. The Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.
Embracing FISU’s motto of 'Excellence in Mind and Body', the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.

Both athletes' competitions ended in disappointment for different reasons.

David competed in the 200m, in round 1 he came 2nd in 21.04s, round 2 was 4th in 21.06s  and in the semifinal was 5th in 21.01s, with the first four to qualify for the final. Had he raced in the second semi final he would have come 2nd and therefore qualified for the final, so despite being 6th fastest of the competitors, unfortunately he missed out on reaching the final.

Dee Ann competed in the heptathlon. On day 1 she made a solid start running 16.10s (702pts) in the 100m H, just outside her season’s best and then high jumped 1.50m (621pts), shot put 8.40m (425pts) and ran 27.02 (710pts) in the 200m, all season’s bests. On day 2, she reached 4.72m (485pts) in the Long Jump and then recorded a season’s best in the javelin with a throw of 25.90m (399pts), before having to withdraw from the final event the 800m with an injury. Therefore  she finished 14th with 3342pts, having scored zero in the 800m. Alas she suffered the same fate as last year in the Commonwealth games where she failed to finish the 800m due to injury.

Let’s now hope they can both qualify and be selected for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio!

Gordon Ainsley

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