Jenneke jags one of four bronze on day seven in Gwangju

The Australian Uniroos have a strong attraction to bronze, with four more added to the burgeoning collection on day seven of the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea.
Two in athletics and two at the pool brings the total of bronze to twelve, to go with three gold and two silver, which has Australia sitting in 13th overall with 17 medals.
In athletics, Michelle Jenneke sprinted to third in the 100m hurdles.
The ebullient hurdler capturing Australia’s second bronze of the day and fourth medal at the athletics, after the women’s 20km walkers finished third in the team event earlier.
Jenneke endured a long delay as officials pontificated over a disputed first attempt to start the race, and a cramping calf in the final stages to clinch her first senior international medal in 12.94 (+0.1), to finish behind winner Danielle Williams of Jamaica (12.78) and Nina Morozova of Russia (12.84).
The Sydney University mechatronics student stormed from the blocks to challenge for the lead before fading over the final few barriers.
“I came out of the blocks really well and the first few hurdles were really good, but my body started to fatigue a bit and then the cramp in the calf,” an elated Jenneke said after being surrounded by Korean media.
“It’s just the start of my international campaign I didn’t want to do any damage so I may have backed off a little bit and just tried to maintain my place.”
Jenneke’s trademark pre-race dance has attracted plenty of attention with Korean media and she again backed up the show with a strong performance, the 21-year-old building an impressive resume to add the Universiade bronze to her Youth Olympic silver and fifth place in the Commonwealth Games final.
Whilst the time was the fastest ever by an Australian at the University Games, more importantly for Jenneke the time was under the Rio qualifying mark of 13.00, ticking off an important box ahead of the world championships in Beijing next month.
“I’m so happy with that race,” Jenneke said. “I felt so good in the warm up and I set myself the goal of breaking 13 and getting the qualifier for Rio.”
21-year-old Abbie Taddeo (Australian College of Physical Education) finished 8th in the final with 13.42.
Earlier, Australia’s 20km walkers won bronze in the women’s team event in oppressive conditions.
After three days of rain, strong sunshine greeted the competitors, but the rising temperature was also accompanied by blanket of humidity that tested the field.
The Uniroos trio of Rachel Tallent (University of Canberra), Stephanie Stigwood (University of Tasmania) and Nicole Fagan (Sydney University), outlasted their competitors for the team medal to finish behind walking powerhouses Russia and China.
In the individual race, Tallent was the best of the Australians making her way from 17th early in the event, to finish seventh in 1:37.40, Stigwood 14th in 1:42.05 and Fagan 18th with 1:46.42.
In the pool, West Australian Holly Barratt continued her medal spree and Kiah Melverton (Griffith University) joined the party to claim to bronze medals on the final night of competition.
Barratt collected her third medal, this time a bronze in the 50m freestyle, whilst Melverton added the 800m freestyle bronze to the 1500m medal of the same colour earlier in the meet.
Barratt (University of Western Australia) also won gold in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m butterfly to conclude a successful week.
The Uniroos finished the swimming competition with 11 medals – two gold, two silver and seven bronze, an impressive 29 personal bests and further 12 season best performances. The effort was one more medal than in Kazan, Russia in 2013.
In water polo the Australian men qualified for the quarters beating Brazil 10-4. The women play Russia in the semifinal on Saturday.
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