The Australian women’s basketball team got their 2013 Summer Universiade (World University Games) campaign off a winning start on day three of competition, and they did it in style, defeating Hungry 79-53. Sydney University’s Katie-Rae Ebzery scored 11 points in the Uniroos comfortable victory.
In athletics, James Nipperess and Ian Dewhurst cruised through to their respective finals, where both men are a chance for a medal.
James Nipperess will head into Thursday’s final of the 3,000m steeplechase as the fourth fastest qualifier (8:49.12). Russia’s Ilgizar Safiullin qualified fastest, recording a time of 8:48.27.
400m hurdler Ian Dewhurst qualified seventh fastest for tomorrow’s semi-finals (50.71). Japan’s Keisuke Nozawa (50.01) appears to be Dewhurts’s biggest threat.
Nicholas Hough missed out on the final of the 100m after finishing sixth in his race and 11th fastest overall, but looks to be in very good shape for the 200m later in the week.
In the women’s discuss finals, Alix Kennedy finished eighth, throwing 49.79m. This was a very pleasing result considering it was her first major senior international competition.
Both the men’s and women’s water polo teams went down to Hungary in tough encounters overnight. The women’s team lost 10-6 (Maddison Schmid scored one goal), while the men went down 16-9 (Paul Sindone scored twice).
Fencer John Downes was knocked out in the group of 64.
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.