Sydney University will finish the 27th Summer Universiade (World University Games) with four medals after the conclusion of a thrilling final day of action in the pool in Kazan, Russia.
SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Andrew Abood was just 0.01 of a second away from claiming his second medal of the meet after being touched out for third place in the final of the 50m freestyle by the Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov (22.17).
Abood’s swim in the final (22.18) was the fastest he had swum all meet, easily quicker than his semi-final (22.27) and heat swims (22.47).
Earlier in the meet, Abood was part of the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team that claimed silver.
Sydney University had one other swimmer compete in a final in the pool last night. Melissa Mitchell swum a personal best for the meet (25.36), but was unable to achieve a podium finish in the women’s 50m freestyle. She was forced to settle for seventh.
Australia’s women’s and men’s water polo teams have finished their Summer Universiade campaigns on positive notes, with both teams securing wins overnight.
The women’s team finished fifth after thumping Japan 12-6 in their fifth place playoff game. Sydney University’s Maddison Schmidt scored twice and managed a goal assist.
The Australian’ men’s team also finished the tournament on a high after defeating Brazil in a nail-bitter to finish seventh. Sydney University’s Paul Sindone scored one goal in the tight contest that was all tied up with less than 30 seconds left in the final quarter. The Australian’s broke the deadlock with just 23 seconds to go and won the contest 8-7, to seal seventh place.
There is one day left of competition, but with all of our Sydney University athletes now finished their respective events, Sydney University athletes have contributed four of Australia’s 16 medals to date.
Swimmers Andrew Abood (silver) and Hayley White (bronze); sprinter Ian Dewhurst (bronze); and basketballers Katie-Rae Ebzery (bronze) were the pick of the Sydney University athletes in Russia.
Sydney University had 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 did not compete due to injury.