Barratt and Bird-Smith take gold in Gwangju

Four medals including gold in athletics and swimming have highlighted day six of competition at the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea.
Book-ending the day, Dane-Bird Smith raced through persistent rain to win the 20km walk in the morning and swimmer Holly Barratt ended the day winning her second medal of the Games, this time gold in the 50m backstroke to go with the bronze she won earlier in the 50m butterfly.
The men’s 4x200m freestyle relay won silver and Queensland long jumper Naa Anang produced a 19cm personal best to win bronze in the women’s long jump.
The women’s water polo team won through to the semifinals, beating China 15-7, however both Uniroos basketball teams were bounced out of the medal hunt. The women losing a quarterfinal to Japan 71-83 with the men downed by Lithuania 67-74 in the final group game to miss the quarterfinals.
At the end of day six, the Uniroos sit tenth on the medal table with thirteen medals - three gold, two silver and eighth bronze medals.
West Australian Holly Barratt claimed the second gold medal in the pool, winning the 50m backstroke.
Having already bagged bronze in the 50m butterfly in a personal best earlier in the week, Barratt nabbed gold with a personal best of 28.04 seconds.
Barratt dominated the race to win by .34 ahead of Hong Kong’s Hoi Au and Korea’ s Yu Hyounii who tied for the silver in 28.38.
“I wasn’t expecting that. It was quite a big PB and I thought if I do a good race I might come in second, but the best thing for me was the time.”
“To do so many PB’s is great. I haven’t done so many good times for two years, so it’s a really good feeling.”
Walker Dane Bird-Smith captured the first athletics gold medal for the Uniroos with a narrow victory in the 20km walk.
The 22-year-old education student from the University of Queensland out-walked Canada's Benjamin Thorne to win by just three seconds.
In muggy and wet conditions, on the road adjacent to the World Cup Stadium, Bird-Smith was always in the lead group pushing the pace, and just waiting for his moment to pounce.
"We worked hard through most of the race, I was pulling the pace for all of them and they just sat behind me and I said if they just want to sit and chase then I'll race them my way. It played into my hands really for the last 5km," said the newly-crowned gold medallist.
In other events, Korean-born Sydney University sprinter Jin Su Jung finished sixth in the 100m final in 10,28, as did Victorian Ashley Whittaker in the women’s dash in 11.64.
Sydney University’s Michelle Jenneke produced not only her trademark dance, but also a strong follow up performance to qualify automatically for Friday’s final. Finishing in second place in a slick 13.29 (-0.8), the youth Olympics silver medallist and Australia’s second fastest ever hurdler doing all she needed to qualify for Friday’s final.
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