Semi-final frustration for Anna Hopkin and Jacob Paul at World University Games

25 August 2017

University of Bath duo Jacob Paul and Anna Hopkin missed out on their respective World University Games finals by the narrowest of margins in Taipei on Friday.

Sport & Social Sciences graduate Paul, who was supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship during his time at Bath, finished third in his 400m hurdles semi-final in 50.37 to place ninth overall.

There was a similar fate for Sport & Exercise Science student Hopkin (pictured) in the swimming pool as her 50m freestyle time of 25.43 was just five-hundredths of a second short of the required top-eight placing.

The World University Games is the world’s second-largest multi-sport event, after the Olympic Games, and the University of Bath is represented by seven athletes – Jay Lelliott and Hopkin (swimming); Emma Hurst and Luke Johnson (tennis); Jenny Nesbitt and Paul (athletics); and Emily Donovan (football) – plus four support staff – coaches Mark Skimming (swimming), Barry Scollo (tennis), Corinne Yorston (football, strength & conditioning) and Jack Dawkins (physio) – at this year’s event.

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