Students hit the heights in Taipei

29th Summer Universiade, Taipei 2017


7 Melbourne University students  joined a strong Australian team competing at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei, an international sporting event second only to the Olympic Games with more than 170 nations and 10,000 athletes competing.

MUAC record holder Isaac Hockey capped off a strong campaign with a close call in the heat, scraping into the final by 0.01, surging late to the line to take the final automatic qualifying position in 3:46.88.  His tactical skills were on show in the final as he never found himself out of position, and a solid kick saw him take 6th in 3:45.32. Adam Pyke ran a determined race to place 8th in his heat in 3:52.77.

Stella Radford fought back from a multitude of setbacks to find herself healthy just before the race, and her 10:36.36 for 13th will be a stepping stone for a big summer of track ahead, with a Commonwealth Games B standard already in the bag.

First year student Joseph Baldwin jumped 2:10m in High Jump qualifying and will look to put himself in contention for Commonwealth Games selection with a B qualification already under his belt.

Kat Brooks’ 52.65m in the Javelin represents one of her best competitions and isn’t far off her PB, which recently assured her a CG B standard.

Lizzie Hedding’s 4x100m relay team qualified for the final and claimed 5th in the decider in 45.15.  Tristan Robinson’s 4x400m team also made the final, coming 4th in 3:09.21.


29th Summer Universiade