World University Games update

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Updated: August 17, 2011

Brian Gregan will attempt a medal performance after securing a spot in the 400m finals on a semi-final finishing time and personal best of 46.00 seconds at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Gregan kept in line with  Russian Valentin Kruglyakov, until the final stretch when the he surged ahead for the remaining 100 metres.

The DCU student edged past the Russian by .07 of a second to grab first position as they crossed the finish line and confirm Gregan’s appearance in the final on Thursday night.

“As I came up on the straightaway I kept telling myself to ‘relax and take it easy’ and focus on the finish line,” said Gregan,

“I was feeling good and nearly finished in 45 seconds for a new PB but I think I’ll save that for the final.”

UUJ’s Amy Foster narrowly missed a spot in the 100m finals by a tenth of a second after finishing the second round of the semi-finals with a time of 11.60.

Foster must quickly return to the Athletics stadium to continue her medal quest with round one of the 200m heats tomorrowmorning at 10:24 am (3:24 am Irish time).

DCU’s Kourosh Foroughi maintained suspense as he required all three chances to clear 2.20 metres in the Men’s High Jump Qualification to secure a position in the finals set for Thursday night.

Foroughi easily cleared the two metre mark early in the competition but required a third attempt for the 2.15 and 2.20 metre measure.

Despite matching his personal best at 2.20 metres, Foroughi expressed frustration with his performance and believes he will hit his stride at the final.

“I feel I could have done better but I am happy to have qualified and my goal is to get a new personal best in the final.”

Meanwhile hurdlers Jessie Barr and Justine Kinney were unsuccessful in their attempts to make it to the semi finals of the 400 metre Hurdles after placing 10th and 16th, respectively.

Barr finished with a time of 57.21 a mere 19ths of a second behind the eighth qualifier while Kinney placed 16th with a time of 58.70.

In swimming, Niall Wynn, Karl Burdis and Bethany Carson set new personal bests (PBs) after finishing in the top of their event heats.

Niall Wynn finished the 200m Individual Medley in 2:05.88 giving the UCD student 20th position in the event while Karl Burdis placed sixth in his heat of the 100m Butterfly with a time of 56.02.

The Dublin-duo combined for a full second off their previously held performances.

On the women’s side, Bethany Carson surpassed her best time in the women’s 100m Butterfly with a final time of 1:02.79 after placing second in her heat.

Carson qualified for the Games with a time of 1:03.12 in the event which she easily broke by a half second giving the University of Ulster student 22nd position overall.

The women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team consisting of Bethany Carson, Fiona Doyle, Niamh O’Sullivan and Aisling Cooney placed 10th after finishing with a time of 8:21.45.

Irish Men’s and Women’s Golf got underway with a disappointing start to the first day of play.

John Greene led Ireland with a final score of 74 a mere two shots over par while teammate Barry Anderson returned his card with 76.

On the adjacent course, UCC’s Emma O’Driscoll played her best game with a final score of 78.

Golf Head Coach Kevin Flanagan expressed his disappointment in the result but remained positive that his side will progress over the next three days.

“It’s not a great score as we just didn’t play well,” said Flanagan.

“But there is another three days of play so I am confident that we will do better tomorrow and continuously get better.”

Mission Hills course hosts the Golf World Cup and boasts appearances from the top golfers around the world.

Weightlifter Kevin D’Arcy (Robert Gordon University) and Archer John Smith (DIT) celebrated success after breaking five Irish records in Shenzhen, China.

Irish weightlifter Kevin D’Arcy managed to smash the current Snatch record of 121kgs three times before setting a new Irish record of 130kgs during competition.

D’Arcy supplied a further record for total points after he finished the Clean and Jerk at 158kgs to bring his tally to 283 and surpass the previous record of 278.

D’Arcy is the first Irish weightlifter to compete at the World University Games and while he was delighted at breaking so many records he expressed his frustration at not being able to go further.

“I am really happy with my Snatch record as my third attempt at 130kg was completed almost perfectly,” said D’Arcy.

“But I got a technical mark in the Clean and Jerk so that was set at 153kg and I was disappointed I couldn’t take the weights higher.”

“Overall I am really proud of my achievements today and hope that I can serve as an example for other Irish weightlifters to come to the Games.”

Archer John Smith finished the Men’s Individual Compound in 17th place but managed to break his previously held record for arrows shot with a score of 144 out of 150.

Smith was defeated in the second elimination round by the fourth ranked Abhishek Verma from India by a narrow margin but not before Smith broke the record in the first half hour of competition.

The record was previously held by Smith which stood at 142 out of 150 arrows.

“I am really gutted that I didn’t do as well as I did last year but to be able to shoot a new Irish record is something to be proud of,” said Smith.

The Athletics semi-finals and finals will be streamed live on FISUTV at livefisu.net.

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