Commonwealth Games – Day 5

Annelise Rubie, 22,finished fourth in her semi-final in a time of 52.55sec, a fraction outside her personal best of 52.35sec. While it gave her the 11th fastest time, it was not enough to give her a place in the final. Morgan finished sixth in her semi-final in 53.37sec, and also missed a berth in the final.

Fresh from his gold medal performance in the men’s 4X100m freestyle relay on Day 3, Sydney University swimmer Matt Abood finished second in his heat of the 50m freestyle on Day 6.

Cameron McEvoy, who anchored the relay gold medal swim, won the 50m freestyle heat in 22.04sec ahead of Abood (22.09) and Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell (22.37).

Sydney University’s Nick Hough, a Bachelor of IT/Law student and EAP sports scholarship holder  Nick Hough qualified for the final of the men’s 110m hurdles final when he finished third in his heat.

Hough, 20, ran a time of 13.70sec, just five hundredths of a second outside his personal best. The race for gold took on a whole new complexion when Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment did not make it to the start line.

Defending champion Andy Turner from England is also out of contention after clipping the first two hurdles and failing to finish his heat.

Sydney University’s Annelise Rubie will be competing in the semi-finals of the women’s 400m later today.

Tonight we will see more of the athletics action and wrestler Jayden Lawrence competes in the 74kg event. 

Commonwealth Games – Day 4

Annelise Rubie, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts student and EAP member, was one of the fastest qualifers in the women’s 400m when she finished fourth in the opening heat in 52.86sec at Hampden Park Stadium. Fellow Australian debutant and Australian champion Morgan Mitchell also moved through to the semi-final on Tuesday when she finished third in her heat in 54.28sec.

Commonwealth Games – Day 3

Ed Jenkins, a former Elite Athlete Program sports scholar, and Greg Jeloudev, a present EAP sports scholar, made their Commonwealth Games debuts with the Australian Sevens team in the two-day competition. Jenkins, the Australian Sevens captain, led them to wins over Sri Lanka (62-5) and Uganda (43-5).

Australia opened the second day with a 15-7 win over England to move into a quarter-final clash with Wales, which they won 21-19 with a try on the bell.

Their run came unstuck in the semi-final against New Zealand which they lost 17-7, relegating them to a play-off for third and fourth. Jeloudev scored two tries in Australia’s 24-nil defeat of  Samoa  to take the bronze medal, while South Africa ended New Zealand’s long winning run at the Commonwealth Games with a 17-12 result to take the gold.

Commonwealth Games – Day 2

Emily Esposito, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) competed in the women’s 10m air pistol qualification round. She finished 11th and failed to make it to the final. Countrywoman  Lalita Yauhleuskaya finished second and qualified for the final.

Commonwealth Games – Day 1

Jaelle Cohen, a Bachelor of Education student, was Sydney University’s first athlete to compete at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Cohen is a member of Australia’s rhythmic gymnastics team which finished out of the medals in the two-day competition.

Having dominated the sport at the Delhi Games in 2010 where they collected three gold and two silver out of a possible six medals, the new-look Australian team struggled to put up competitive scores at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Canada won the gold medal with a score of 141.45, with Wales taking silver on 136.625 points and Malaysia the bronze with a score of 135.825.

Australia finished fifth with 126.75 points, with Danielle Prince scoring 53.725, Jaelle Cohen 48.675 and 16-year-old Amy Quinn 45.975. Prince and Cohen both did enough to qualify for the 16-person individual all-around final on Friday.

Commonwealth Games – Opening day

Welcome to Sydney University Sport and Fitness’s daily wrap of the efforts of Sydney University athletes at the 20th Commonwealth Games, being held in Glasgow.

Sydney University sporting clubs have provided 20 athletes for the Australian team contesting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Sydney University Athletics Club (SUAC) has provided 12 athletes including Josh Ralph, Anneliese Rubie, Jarrod Geddes, Ella Nelson, Ian Dewhurst, Angela Ballard, Jin Su Jung, James Nipperess, Emily Brichacek, Nick Hough and Michelle Jenneke. Lara Tamsett was pre-selected but is injured. Also on the team are Matt Abood (swimming), Matthew Mitcham (diving), Kane Townsend (table tennis), Emily Esposito (pistol, Jaelle Cohen (rhythmic gymnastics), Jayden Lawrence (wrestling) and Ed Jenkins and Greg Jeloudev (rugby Sevens).

Australian Sevens captain Ed Jenkins had a golden moment before the 20th Commonwealth Games competition started, when he and Sally Pearson were invited to meet the Queen, as Australian team representatives after she had officially opened the Games.

Jenkins, a Sydney University Football Club member and former Elite Athlete Program sports scholar, also managed to take some ‘selfies’ with her royal highness in the background.