BUCS champion claims GB’s first medal of the event in Taipei

Jonny Davies secured the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team its first medal of the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, on Friday as he bagged bronze in the 1500m.

Victory was claimed by Germany’s Timo Benitz as he surged over the line in 3:43.45, while France’s Alexis Miellet clocked 3:43.91 to win the battle for silver ahead of Davies with 3:43.99.

Britain’s 2015 European under-23 cross country champion will return to the Taipei Stadium track for the 5000m heats on Saturday.

The men’s 400m final a little later saw an Olympic and world medallist take to the track and Dominican Republic’s Luguelín Santos – who won medals at London 2012 and Moscow 2013 – retained his title in 45.24.

The women’s title was won by Poland’s Malgorzata Holub in 51.76.

Among those joining Davies in action on the third day of the Games were his fellow Britons Allan Smith, Adelle Tracey, Jess Turner and Samuel Trigg.

Smith cleared 2.23m to finish fourth in a high jump competition won by Germany’s Falk Wendrich with a 2.29m PB clearance. Italy’s Marco Fassinotti also cleared 2.29m but had to settle for silver on countback.

A drama-filled women’s 800m final saw Tracey initially finish fifth with a time of 2:03.72 before being promoted to fourth after the disqualification of winner Rose Almanza Blanco of Cuba. However, Blanco was later reinstated and so got the gold thanks to her time of 2:02.21 ahead of Ukraine’s Olga Liakhova and Docus Ajok of Uganda with respective times of 2:03.11 and 2:03.22.

Turner finished fifth with 57.45 in a 400m hurdles final won by Italy’s Ayomide Temilad Folorunso in 55.63, while Trigg placed 12th in the long jump with a best of 14.94m.

Australia’s Kyle Cranston won the decathlon title with 7687 points from Finland’s Juuso Hassi with 7566 and New Zealand’s Aaron Booth with 7523 as GB’s John Lane withdrew ahead of the javelin.

Earlier World University Games action had seen Corinne Humphreys – who formed part of the GB 4x100m relay squad at the IAAF World Championships in London – finish equal fourth in Thursday’s 100m final as she clocked 11.49 in a race won by Jamaica’s Shashalee Forbes in 11.18.

Home fans were delighted as Chun-Han Yang won the men’s 100m title in 10.22.

Poland’s three-time world champion Pawel Fajdek won his fourth World University Games hammer gold with a throw of 79.16m.

Full results can be found here.