Hough cruises into Summer Universiade finals

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2012 SUSF Sportsman of the Year Nicholas Hough has advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m athletics event at the 2013 Summer Universiade (World University Games) in Kazan, Russia.

Hough, who will also race in his more favoured event (the 110m hurdles) later this week, recorded the 13th fastest time (10.47) to move into the 100m semi-finals. The semi-finals and final will both be held during this evenings racing.

With the Summer Universiade beginning on Friday, Sydney University also had a number of other athletes competing over the first three days of competition, including Maddison Schmid and Paul Sindone (water polo) and Honesto Buendia and Elena Kwok (badminton).

Maddison Schmid contributed a valuable goal assist as the Australian women’s water polo team defeated France in a physical encounter, winning 11-9 on Saturday. Schmid’s next match will be against Hungary today.

In the men’s water polo competition the Australian team has suffered mixed fortunes after going down to Japan 10-7 on Friday, before bouncing back with a comprehensive 15-3 hammering of Georgia yesterday. Sydney University’s Paul Sindone contributed one goal assist against Japan and five against Georgia. Sindone’s next match will be against Hungary today.

In the badminton team’s event, featuring Honesto Buendia and Elena Kwok, Australia finished 15th after three days of extremely tough competition. With most other badminton nations sending members of their senior national squad to Russia, the Australian team was always going to be in for a tough time, but they acquitted themselves extremely well to defeat Estonia to finish the tournament on a positive note. This win followed losses to Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Estonia and Canada.

Buendia and Kwok will now focus on the men’s and women’s singles tournament (respectively) which begins on Tuesday. Fellow Sydney University team mate Chameka Madurawe will also represent Australia in the women’s singles event.

Sydney University has a total of 17 representatives competing for Australia at the 27th Summer Universiade in Russia. Please note that Anneliese Rubie was named in the team but will not compete due to injury.