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World University Games - Days 4, 5 & 6

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Williamson wins
Williamson wins - again!

Bangkok 2007 is the 24th World Student Games, or ‘Universaide’.

Participants must be aged between 17 and 28 and be studying for a degree or diploma, or have graduated within the last 12 months.

British Performances:


Day 4 (12 August)

Men's 100m: Britain’s Simeon Williamson produced a scintillating run to claim Gold in the 100m – 24 hours after he thought he’d originally won it.

Williamson, of Middlesex University, had crossed the line first when the race was run on Saturday but was later adjudged to have false started after an appeal from several other nations. A ‘mistake’ with the technical equipment meant the gun had failed to fire for a second time and Williamson proceeded to record a time of 10.28 seconds to finish ahead of China’s Peimeng Zhang and Neville Wright of Canada.

However the European U23 Champion was not to be denied his crown, and in the pouring rain he finished even quicker in the re-run to ensure the title of Champion was undoubtedly his, coming home in 10.22 ahead of the same two athletes.

“To be honest my first thought was “what has gone wrong this time?” said the 21-year-old. “ In all seriousness though, I am delighted to have won the race, as I thought I’d already done it and it was hard to take last night when I heard the decision,” he said. “I didn’t think I had any more to give but I had no choice but to find it somewhere!”

Women's 200m: Kadi-Ann Thomas (Brunel) won her first round heat in 23.81 secs and her second round heat in 23.67 secs to progress to the semi-finals.

Men's 200m: Both Darren Chin (St Mary's) and Simon Farenden (Leeds Met) moved through to the next round from their first round heats. Chin was third in 21.56 secs and Farenden second in 21.48 secs. In the second round both finished third in their heats to move forward to the semi-finals. Chin ran 21.23 secs and Farenden 21.61 secs.

Men's 400m hurdles: Steve Green (Bath) qualified for the final in fourth position in a semi-final time of 50.59 secs. Ben Carne (Cambridge) finished sixth in his semi-final in 50.61 secs and did not qualify.

Simeon Williamson
Simeon Williamson

Day 5 (13 August)

Women's 200m: Kadi-Ann Thomas (Brunel) qualified for the final by finishing second in her semi-final in 23.50 secs.

She then produced a great run in the final to record a personal best time of 23.28 secs and come second behind Iryna Shtangyeyeva of the Ukraine (22.95 secs) to grab Britain’s second medal on the track at these Games.

“I’m delighted to have medalled here,” said the Marshall Milton Keynes runner. “I’ve never had to run four times in a single event and to do so over two days is tough,” she added. “However, it was the same for everyone and I’m so pleased with my performance.”

Men's 200m: Darren Chin (St Mary's) equalled his personal best time of 21.11 secs to finish second in his semi-final to qualify for the final. Simon Farenden (Leeds Met) was unable to start. In the final Chin again equalled his personal best to finish sixth.

Men's 400m hurdles: Steven Green (Bath) fell and did not finish.

3,000m steeplechase: Jermaine Mays (University of the Arts) finished tenth in the final in a time of 8:43.12.

Men's 800m: Richard Hill (UWIC) qualified as a fastest loser for tomorrow's final in 1:47.71.

Women's 800m: Both Charlotte Best (Loughborough) and Laura Finucane (Loughborough) qualified for the final. Best was third in her semi-final in 2:03.02 and Finucane second in 2:05.25.

Men's Triple Jump: Gary White (UWIC) missed out on the final in finishing sixth in qualification with a best jump of 15.94m


 Day 6 (14 August) Final Day

Women's 800m: Charlotte Best (Loughborough) ran a personal best time of 2:01.50 in the final to claim Bronze. The event was won by Yuliya Krevsun (Ukraine) in 1:57.63 with Ekaterinal Kostetskaya (Russia) second in 1:59.52. Britain's other finalist, Laura Finucane (Loughborough), finished sixth in 2:03.18.

Best was delighted with the result, especially given the tight schedule of the event.

“I’m so surprised I ran a PB after three races in four days,” she said. “As far as the race itself is concerned, I remember going past the girls in fourth and fifth to get myself into contention, but after that it’s a bit of a blur,” she added.

Men's 800m: Richard Hill (UWIC) finished seventh in the final in 1:47.28 in a race won by Iran's Ehsan Mohajershojaer (1:46.04).

Women's 4x400m: The penultimate event of the athletics programme saw Britain’s 4x400m relay team win bronze. Kelly Massey (Liverpool John Moores), Laura Finucane (Loughborough), Kadi-Ann Thomas (Brunel) and Faye Harding (Loughborough) recorded a time of 3:33.70 behind the Ukraine and Russia to finish third, with Thomas winning her second medal in as many days. The medal also made up for Finucane’s disappointment at finishing outside of the medals in the 800m.

For British performances from first three days click here.


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

Silver for Kadi-Ann Thomas
Silver for Kadi-Ann Thomas