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Memories, medals and moments - that's a wrap of #SUTaipei2017 31/08/2017

The biennial World University Games (Summer Universiade) has drawn to a close in Taipei as Great Britain’s delegation of 163 athletes and staff reflect on what was a magical games experience.

For many, it was the first time they had experienced a large-scale multi-sport event environment, with the World University Games being the second largest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympics. With spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a well catered for athletes’ village through to the army of enthusiastic volunteers – the Games will long live in the memories of our athletes.

As many Olympians represented their nations, even several world records were rewritten across the 12 days of sporting action.

It is this collective Games experience that will put athletes in good stead for their future sporting endeavours, as they aspire to make teams for the Commonwealth Games 2018, World University Games 2019 and as they target #Tokyo2020.

Team GBR’s final medal tally totals three silver and six bronze across four different sports, seeing us finish an overall 45th on the medal table. Great Britain also finished agonisingly close in several finals, with seven fourth place finishes.

A full round up of the Games for Team GBR – sport by sport.


With a world record being rewritten in the women’s recurve, the standard of the archery competition at Taipei 2017 was truly world class. The men’s team finished joint 9th overall with Tom Hall (University of Warwick) finishing the highest ranked in the individual recurve in 16th. In the men’s compound Andy Brooks (Staffordshire University) finished 44th. In the women’s competition Hope Greenwood (University of Edinburgh) was knocked out in the last 16, to finish joint 17th.


A 20 strong team of Britain’s next generation of athletic talent took home an overall three medals for Team GBR. Jonny Davies (University of Birmingham) was the standout performer, with silver in the men’s 5000m and bronze in the 1500m – making him the only GBR dual medallist of Taipei 2017.

Loughborough University’s Jess Judd also clinched bronze in the women’s 5000m, while Team GBR also tallied several fourth places – Corrine Humphreys (University of East London) 100m, Adelle Tracey (St Mary’s University) 800m, Louise Small (St Mary’s University) 5000m and Allan Smith (Edinburgh College) in the high jump.

GBR also saw several other finalists finish 5th including Jenny Nesbitt (University of Bath) in the 10000m, Jess Turner (Loughborough University) 400m hurdles and Melissa Courtney (Brunel University) 1500m.


After being drawn in a tough pool with eventual bronze medal play-off teams South Africa and Russia, Team GBR’s women’s football team had two tough and narrow defeats in the pool matches before progressing to 9th – 12th classification rounds. Finding considerable form in the later part of the competition, the team produced some outstanding wins including a 6 – 1 victory over Argentina and a 7 – 1 win against Colombia, before finishing on a high beating Ireland 2 – 0 to finish 9th overall.
University of Chichester’s Lucy Quinn was also awarded joint golden boot of the tournament, with six goals.


After ranking as high as second place for round 2, Chloe Goadby (University of Stirling) was a standout performer for Team GBR, finishing 11th overall in the women’s individual event – the highest ranked European and seven shots off a medal. Megan Lockett (University of Birmingham) finished 31st and Gemma Batty 37th. Their combined results also saw GBR finish 10th overall.


Mimi-Isabella Cesar (University of Wolverhampton) performed a flawless clubs routine to achieve a PB ranking of 13th for Team GBR and finish 21st overall, while team mate Stephani Sherlock (The Lesgaft National State University), finished 31st overall out of a field of 38.


Defending Gwangju 400m Freestyle champion Jay Lelliott (University of Bath), was edged out in his pet event but brought home silver and then two 5th place finishes in the 1500m and 800m. Rachael Kelly (Loughborough College) claimed bronze in the women’s 100m butterfly and a fourth in the 50m butterfly, while Sheffield Hallam’s Joe Litchfield snatched bronze in the men’s 200m IM in his first Universiade.

In the women’s relay events, GBR’s entries came a close 4th in the 4 × 100m and 4 × 200m freestyle events. Olympian Camilla Hattersley (University of Glasgow) swam a personal third fastest of all-time time in the women’s 800m to finish 5th, alongside other finalists Jack Thorpe (University of Edinburgh) 6th in 50m freestyle and Izzy Grant (Sheffield Hallam) 7th in 200m butterfly.


Men’s doubles team of Adam Harrison and Danny Reed (both University of Nottingham) made a respectable appearance in the last 16, whilst in the singles competition they made it as far as the last 32. In the women’s doubles Chloe Thomas (Bournemouth University) and Maria Tsaptsinos (University of Nottingham) were knocked out in last 32, whilst Chloe recorded the same individual result in the last 32.


In his first WUGs, Leeds Beckett University’s Jacob Barnett made it to the last 16 in the -68kg whilst fellow GB Taekwondo fighting futures athlete, Pooja Vadhva from the University of Manchester was knocked out in the first round of the women’s -53kg.
Double Olympic medallist from Middlesex University, Lutalo Muhammad, bowed out of the quarter finals of the men’s -87kg – considering he’s been hampered by injury in recent months, a good result.


Team GBR’s tennis entry of six athletes brought home a fantastic two medals. Jack Findel-Hawkins (University of North Florida) and Luke Johnson (Clemson University), knocked out no. 1 seeds Chinese Taipei in the quarter finals to eventually make it to centre court for the final against Russia. Pushing the match to a decisive tie-breaker third set, the pair suffered a narrow defeat – alas, still claimed silver for Great Britain.

In the women’s doubles, Emily Arbuthnott (Stanford University) and Olivia Nicholls (Loughborough University), narrowly missed the final after a third set defeat to Thailand – but still claimed a bronze medal for their efforts.


University of East London graduate Mercy Brown produced an outstanding performance in the +90kg women’s category, to claim a bronze medal for Great Britain. After a slow start in the snatch, Mercy went on to lift a PB – and a British record – of 136kg in the clean and press to clinch bronze.


The GB men’s water polo team achieved their goal of a top eight finish in Taipei of 16 entries. With many of the team making their senior international debut, they faced a strong competition of Olympians and professional full-time players – proving that water polo certainly has a future in Great Britain.


Drawing a tough pool including eventual silver medallists Hungary, women’s water polo finished an eventual 10th overall, securing their qualification spot for WUGs 2019.


From across the Games, can be found on the official event website:


Visit the BUCS Facebook page and BUCS twitter accounts, for retrospective look back over the past twelve days of competition in Taipei.


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