GB Students waved goodbye to Naples in front of 35,000 people at the Closing Ceremony. This final celebration of a twelve days that saw athletes from 111 nations battling it out to be Universiade champion.
The GB Students team of 85 athletes triumphed with three gold, four silver and four bronze medals. Many others having finals placings and personal bests along the way.
As the curtain closed on Naples, GB Students turn their attention to Chengdu, China for the next Games in the summer of 2021.
Swimming and Diving
Gemma McArthur (University of Edinburgh) got the GB Students team off to a flying start on day one with a bronze medal in the Diving 10m Platform.
Chloe Golding (Manchester Metropolitan University) with a bronze in the Swimming 200m Backstroke. This was the first of a massive six medals for GB Students in the pool.
The first gold medal of the Games arrived through a tremendous swim by Alicia Wilson (University of California, Berkeley) in the 200m Individual Medley.
Other swimming medals included, David Cumberlidge (Heriot-Watt University) gold in the 50m Freestyle. Sarah Vasey (Loughborough University) in the 50m Breaststroke. Joe Litchfield (Sheffield Hallam University) in the 200m Individual Medley and another bronze to Emily Barclay (Loughborough University) in the 50m Freestyle.
Away from the water the Athletics stadium saw two medals for GB Students. Jess Judd (Loughborough University) took gold and improved on her bronze from Taipei 2017 in the 5000m. Taylor Campbell (Loughborough University) smashed his PB in the Hammer Throw and won bronze.
The final medal of the Games came in Tennis where Emily Arbuthnott (Stanford University) had a fantastic tournament and won silver in the Women’s Singles. She reached the Quarter Finals in Women’s and Mixed doubles with her partners Holly Huchinson (Old Dominion University) and Scott Duncan (University of Stirling).
Ryan Peniston (University of Memphis) in the Men’s Singles and also in the Men’s Doubles with Duncan made it to the last 16.
GB Students finished 7th in both the Compound Women’s and Mixed Team Events. Sarah Moon (Nottingham Trent University) competed in the women's with Isabelle Carpenter (Sheffield Hallam University) and then Kai Thomas-Prause (University of Warwick) in the Mixed.
The stand out performances were Last 16 finishes for Caitlin Maxwell (University College London) in the Women’s Sabre. Will Deary (King’s College London) in the Men’s Sabre finished in the top 16.
James Miller (Cardiff University) finished 12th in qualification in the 10m Air Pistol and 13th in the team event with Samantha Darling (University of Bristol).
Jack Fairclough (Royal Agricultural University) finished 13th in the Men’s Skeet.
It saw brilliant team performance with Last 16 finishes for Tin-Tin Ho (Unversity of Nottingham) in the Women’s Singles. Ho paired with Emily Bolton (University of Bedfordshire) for the Women’s Doubles. Then paired with Josh Bennett (University of Nottingham) for mixed doubles.
The Men’s Water Polo team took on some mighty opponents in the pool stages including Russia and the USA. They beat Korea 17-9 and played them again to place 9th.