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World University Games

The second largest multi-sport event returned in July, this time in South Korea where the University of Bath was again well represented at Gwangju 2015.

The World University Games comprises the best graduate or undergraduate athletes between 17 and 28 years old who represent their country on the international stage.

Competing between July 3 – 14, six athletes with links to the University appeared at the Games in addition to three coaches based on campus who worked with the British team.

Games summary

Overall, Great Britain finished 17th at Gwangju after accumulating 11 medals (three gold, four silver and four bronze) – three of which were earned by Bath-based athletes.

Jay Lelliott was the pick of the Bath performers, winning gold and silver medals in the men’s 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle respectively. Lelliott narrowly missed out on a third medal after finishing fourth in the men’s 1500m freestyle and fifth as part of the 4x100m men’s medley relay team.

Business Masters student Alex Walker (pictured) clinched a silver medal in the doubles mixed tennis event alongside playing partner Darren Walsh after overcoming teams from Venezuela, Indonesia, Poland and Chinese Taipei. The pair eventually missed out on gold after losing to doubles from Belarus.

Gymnast Lynne Hutchison, who trains and coaches at the STV, finished 25th in the women’s individual all-round rhythmic gymnastics event with a score of 57.500.

Angus Pederson helped Great Britain sweep past Uganda 5-0 in the group stages of the team badminton competition, but the team fell to eventual gold medallists South Korea soon after.

Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering student and shooter Kristian Callaghan couldn’t place higher than 16th across four disciplines – reaching his best rank in the men’s 25m rapid pistol event.

Selected Athletes

(Representing Great Britain unless stated otherwise)

Badminton

Angus Pederson – studies Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath

Read more: Angus Pedersen nets GB badminton call-up for World University Games in Gwangju

Gymnastics

Lynne Hutchison – trains and coaches at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village

Read more: Rhythmic gymnast Lynne Hutchison in good shape for World University Games

Shooting

Kristian Callaghan – completing an Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Masters degree at the University of Bath

Read more: Top gun Kristian Callaghan returning to World University Games after setting new lifetime best in US

Swimming

Jay Lelliott – studies Sports Performance at the University of Bath

Read more: Swimmers and tennis ace are latest Bath students to get World University Games call

Thomas Tsiopanis (Cyprus) – studies Sports Performance at the University of Bath

Read more: Bath move helping Cyprus swimmer Thomas Tsiopanis make a splash on world stage

Tennis

Alex Walker – combines studying for a Masters in Business with training with Team Bath MCTA

Read more: Swimmers and tennis ace are latest Bath students to get World University Games call

Coaches

Laura Austin – City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club head coach

Barry Scollo – Team Bath director of tennis

Mark Skimming – Team Bath swimming head coach

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