The 2017 Australian champion Chris Mitrevski (RMIT University) has jumped to fourth place in the men’s long jump on the final night of athletics competition at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei.
Taipei Day 10 wrap:
Women's Basketball - A gold medal for the Emerging Opals in basketball, track and field finals and wins in water polo and men’s basketball highlighted the final day of competition for the majority of the Uniroos in Taipei.
The Emerging Opals produced a masterclass for three quarters before tiring to defeat Japan 85-78 to win the basketball gold medal at Taipei Arena.
The final looked likely to be a blow out with the Uniroos leading by 22 at three-quarter time, in the end a plucky Japan got the margin back to seven at the final buzzer. Whilst it was a lot closer than it looked in the final term, the Uniroos were never really in danger and thoroughly deserved their impressive win. Read more here.
Athletics - The 2017 Australian champion Chris Mitrevski (RMIT University) has jumped to fourth place in the men’s long jump on the final night of athletics competition at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei.
Finishing with a best mark of 7.78m, the 21-year-old came close to the medals with his third round leap.
Hitting the board sweetly on every attempt, Mitrevski will use the experience of competing in front of a huge stadium audience as he attempts to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
In the men’s 800m, Stephen Knuckey (RMIT University) ran a solid race to finish in sixth place in the final, stopping the clock in 1:47.90 – his second-best time ever.
Athletics: A very solid 6th place finish for Steve Knuckey in the 800m final in 1:47.90 - his second fastest career performance 👌 pic.twitter.com/rboSnYu3Y3— Australian Uniroos (@AUSUniroos) August 28, 2017
In the women’s high jump, Uniroos Nicola McDermott (The University of Sydney) and Hannah Joye (Griffith University Gold Coast) placed seventh and ninth respectively. Joye’s highest clearance was 1.84m, while McDermott flew over 1.88m – just 2cm off her personal best.
The green and gold was represented in three of the four relay finals on the final night of competition. The women’s 4x100m relay team of Liz Hedding (The University of Melbourne), Larissa Pasternasky (The University of Newcastle), Jasmine Everet
O’Grady was also a part of the women’s 4x400m relay team of Alicia Keir (The University of Newcastle), Alex Bartholomew (Macquarie University) and Jess Stafford (University of Sydney) as the quartet finished in sixth in a time of 3:41.08.
Finally, the men’s 4x400m relay team of Dan Mowen (University of Queensland), Taylor Burns (Queensland University of Technology), Harrison Roubin (Deakin University) and Tristan Robinson (The University of Melbourne) were edged out of the medals in a rough and tumble affair. At the second change a number of runners hit the track, allowing Australia to dodge the carnage and slip into a tight second place, however the strength of the other teams overran Australia in the closing stages to finish fifth in a 3:09.21.
It wraps up a big six days of competition at the athletics for the Uniroos, as the green and gold take home three medals – Kyle Cranston’s (Australian Catholic University) gold in the decathlon, Alysha Burnett’s (Australian Catholic University) silver in the heptathlon and Taryn Gollshewsky’s (Central Queensland University) bronze in the discus throw.
A special mention must also go to Georgia Griffith (Monash University), who was presented the bronze medal in the women’s 800m after the Cuban who won was disqualified, only to see her reinstated-on appeal bumping Griffith back down to fourth the same position achieved by Paige Campbell (The University of Sydney) in the 3000m steeplechase.
Rhythmic Gymnastics – Monday was the second and final day of the individual apparatus and All-Around competition for Enid Sung (The University of Sydney) and Zoe Ormrod (Queensland University of Technology). Sung scored 12.00 for 2nd on clubs and 12.100 for 17th on ribbon for a total of 47.925 for 23rd place. Ormrod scored 11.350 on clubs for 23rd, 8.150 on ribbon for 36th with a total of 40.900 for 33rd overall.
Water Polo – The Uniroos produced a great win in a tight content against France 6-5 and take on Canada on Tuesday in their last game of the tournament as they battle for 5th-6th spot.
Badminton - The Uniroos were in action on the badminton courts on the penultimate day of competition, but succumbed to four different losses.
Women’s doubles Claudia Lam (University of New South Wales) and Sirina Fan (Macquarie University) fell 2-0 to the German pair of Efler/Janssens. Linda Efler returned to defeat once again when she and Johannes Pistorius dispatched Eric Vuong (La Trobe University) and Claudia Lam in the mixed doubles. Daniel Fan (Curtin University) lost his round of 16 encounter with France’s Lucas Claerbout 2-0.
Unfortunately, Australia’s other women’s doubles duo of Tiffany Ho (University of Technology Sydney) and Jennifer Tam (Macquarie University) were forced to retire during their match against Malaysian pair Siow/Cheah.
Table tennis – It was a similar story of valiant loss for the Aussies in the table tennis, with Erny Tsao (University of New South Wales) and Jake Duffy (The University of Queensland) both losing their round of 32 encounters in the men’s singles 4-0 and 4-1 respectively. Tsao was unfortunate enough to face eventual quarterfinalist Yuya Oshima from Japan, while Duffy fell to his higher ranked opponent in Patryk Zatowka of Poland.
Volleyball – Another tight loss for the volleyball boys, going down to the USA 3sets to 1. 15-21, 25-20, 25-21, 29-27 - they go to the 19th-20th playoff on Tuesday against Cyprus in what will be there final match of the Games.
Wushu - In the wushu, 18-year-old Bachelor of Science student Eda Tan Yiet Pui (The University of Western Australia) competed for the first time for Australia in the women’s Taolu – Qiangshu and finished in seventh place with a score of 8.15. Eda competes tomorrow in the Jianshu. Bachelor of Health, Safety and Environment student Joshua Lim (Curtin University) finished 11th with a score of 16.50.