The rising stars of Australian athletics, including six athletes from the recent IAAF World Championships in London, will compete at the 29th Summer Universiade as the athletics competition commences on Wednesday.
Headlining the 44-strong squad will be 2015 World University Games bronze medallist Michelle Jenneke (The University of Sydney, 100m hurdles), Nicholas Hough (The University of Sydney, 110m hurdles), Georgia Griffith (Monash University, 800m), Nicola McDermott (The University of Sydney, high jump), Taryn Gollshewsky (Central Queensland University, discus) and Rohan Browning (The University of Sydney, 100m/4x100m relay).
Fresh off a semi-final appearance at her second world championships, Jenneke heads into the Games with confidence knowing she is fit after a consistent but very long season.
“I think I'm running quite well,” Jenneke said from the Athletes’ Village in Taipei.
“London was really good, I was really happy with my performance there. Conditions weren't great so to pull those times I was pretty happy with that.”
By her own admission Jenneke will be relishing the warmer 35°C degree weather in Taipei.
“It's a good temperature here,” Jenneke said.
“I much prefer the hot but it means I've had to drink a lot of water to keep hydrating - I think I've had about four litres today,” she added.
Jenneke, who studies mechatronics, a combination of mechanical and electronical engineering, said she was in awe of fellow Australian Sally Pearson’s performance in London to take the gold medal and the world title.
“I knew she was going to be hard to beat and it was incredible watching her do that and be the world champion after everything she's been through injury-wise.”
Jenneke will compete alongside Gold Coast based hurdler Liz Clay (Griffith University) as Australia’s two representatives in the 100m hurdles when their competition commences on Friday, as Nicholas Hough competes in the men’s 110m hurdles.
Three-time national champion Hough also competed in Gwangju two years ago and finished in 13th place overall.
20-year-old Georgia Griffith will also toe the line in Taipei, after a breakthrough season that saw her qualify for both the 800m and 1500m at the world championships.
The Melbourne-based Bachelor of Communication Design and Business student ran a fast time of 2:00.90 over two laps in Portland, a time that sling-shotted her up to 13th on the all-time Australian rankings, and not far off the top ten.
A name to watch in Australian middle-distance running, Griffith placed fourth at the world junior championships three years ago over 800m and also competed in the final of the 4x400m relay.
2017 Australian champions Chris Mitrevski (RMIT University) and Alysha Burnett (Australian Catholic University) will start in the men's long jump and women’s heptathlon respectively, while 2015 Australian pole vault champion Angus Armstrong (The University of Sydney, pole vault) takes to the runway in Taipei.
A full set of four relay teams will take to the track as University of Sydney sprinter and returning Uniroo Jin Su Jung also takes on the individual 100m.
Jung will also play his part in the men’s 4x100m team alongside Rohan Browning (The University of Sydney), who is also competing in the 100m, with Simon Greig (The University of Queensland) and Nicholas Bate (The University of Newcastle).
Two years ago at the Gwangju Games, Jung was a finalist in the 100m, finishing 7th, before leading off the 4x100m relay team that finished a nail-biting 4th place.
Jung says he learnt a lot from his first World University Games experience and will benefit from it in Taipei.
“I was very nervous going in the heats in 2015 and perhaps ran it a little too fast than I needed to. This time around I am hoping to run a more controlled campaign rather than go guns blazing from the beginning,” he said.
The athletics in at the Universiade in Taipei runs from Wednesday 23 to Wednesday 30 August 2017.
Athletics Section – 29th Summer Universiade
100m: Rohan Browning (The University of Sydney), Jin Su Jung (The University of Sydney)
800m: Steve Knuckey (RMIT University)
1500m: Adam Pyke (The University of Melbourne), Isaac Hockey (The University of Melbourne)
10,000m: Bryce Anderson (University of Canberra), Riley Cocks (Flinders University)
110m hurdles: Nicholas Hough (The University of Sydney)
High Jump: Joseph Baldwin (The University of Melbourne)
Pole Vault: Angus Armstrong (The University of Sydney), Stephen Clough (The University of Western Australia)
Long Jump: Chris Mitrevski (RMIT University), Liam Adcock (The University of Queensland)
Javelin: Liam O’Brien (The University of Queensland), William White (The University of Queensland)
Decathlon: Kyle Cranston (Australian Catholic University)
Half Marathon: Dylan Evans (The University of Tasmania)
4x100m relay: Jin Su Jung, Rohan Browning, Simon Greig (The University of Queensland), Nicholas Bate (The University of Newcastle), Nicholas Hough (Reserve)
4x400m relay: Daniel Mowen (The University of Queensland), Taylor Burns (Queensland University of Technology), Tristan Robinson (The University of Melbourne), Harrison Roubin (Deakin University)
800m: Georgia Griffith (Monash University)
10,000m: Isobel Batt-Doyle (University of Washington)
100m hurdles: Michelle Jenneke (The University of Sydney), Elizabeth Clay (Griffith University)
3000m steeplechase: Stella Radford (The University of Melbourne), Paige Campbell (The University of Sydney)
High Jump: Hannah Joye (Griffith University Gold Coast), Nicola McDermott (The University of Sydney)
Discus Throw: Taryn Gollshewsky (Central Queensland University)
Hammer Throw: Lara Neilsen (University of Southern Queensland)
Javelin: Kathryn Brooks (The University of Melbourne), Mackenzie Little (Stanford University)
Heptathlon: Alysha Burnett (Australian Catholic University)
20km race walk: Jessica Pickles (The University of Queensland)
4x100m relay: Larissa Pasternatsky (The University of Newcastle), Gabriella O’Grady (University of Technology Sydney), Jasmine Everett (The University of Notre Dame Australia), Elizabeth Hedding (The University of Melbourne), Michelle Jenneke (Reserve)
4x400m relay: Alexandra Bartholomew (Macquarie University), Alicia Keir (The University of Newcastle), Jess Stafford (The University of Sydney), Gabriella O’Grady (Reserve)
|Australian Athletics Team Universiade Medallists|
|Ralph Doubell||800m||1967 Tokyo|
|Shaun Creighton||3000m Steeplechase||1991 Sheffield|
|Alison Inverarity||High Jump||1991 Sheffield|
|Jane Jamieson||Heptathlon||1995 Fukuoka|
|Emma George||Pole Vault||1997 Sicily|
|Jane Jamieson||Heptathlon||2001 Beijing|
|Eloise Poppett||5000m||2003 Daegu|
|Kylie Wheeler||Heptathlon||2003 Daegu|
|Sean Wroe||400m||2007 Bangkok|
|Robert Crowther||Long Jump||2007 Bangkok|
|Dani Samuels||Discus||2009 Belgrade|
|Madeleine Pape||800m||2009 Belgrade|
|Tristian Thomas||400m Hurdles||2009 Belgrade|
|4x400m relay||2009 Belgrade|
|Lachlan Renshaw||800m||2011 Shenzhen|
|Dane Bird-Smith||20km Walk||2015 Gwangju|
|Grahame Taylor||Long Jump||1967 Tokyo|
|Judy Canty||400m||1973 Moscow|
|David Evans||5000m||1991 Sheffield|
|Dean Kenneally||800m||1991 Sheffield|
|Clinton Hill||400m||2001 Beijing|
|Jane Jamieson||Hepthatlon||2003 Daegu|
|Victoria Mitchell||3000m Steeplechase||2005 Izmir|
|4x400m relay||2007 Bangkok|
|Dani Samuels||Discus||2007 Bangkok|
|Kaila McKnight||800m||2009 Belgrade|
|Matthew Denny||Discus||2015 Gwangju|
|Biruta Vilmanis||400m||1967 Tokyo|
|4x400m relay||1967 Tokyo|
|Andrew Jachno||20km Walk||1989 Duisburg|
|Jane Flemming||Heptathlon||1989 Duisburg|
|Simon Doyle||800m||1989 Duisburg|
|Debbie Sosimenko||Hammer Throw||1997 Sicily|
|Clare Thompson||Heptathlon||1999 Palma de Mallorca|
|Jacqui Munro||100m Hurdles||2001 Beijing|
|Sonia Brito||400m Hurdles||2001 Beijing|
|William Hamlyn-Harris||Javelin||2003 Daegu|
|Naa Anang||Long Jump||2015 Gwangju|
|Michelle Jenneke||100m Hurdles||2015 Gwangju|
|20km Walk team||2015 Gwangju|
|Athletics Australia notes the participation of Australian athletes in the early editions of what was known as the ‘World Student Games’.|
|1937 World Student Games – Paris, France|
|John 'Jack' Horsfall||400 metres||2nd|
|4 x 400 metres||1st (representing England)|
|1955 World Student Games – Warsaw, Poland|
|Shirley De La Hunty (Strickland)||100 metres||1st|
|80 metres Hurdles||1st|
|1957 World Student Games – Moscow, USSR|
|Allan Lawrence||5,000 metres||3rd|