Length of sea­son takes toll

Loughborough Echo - - SPORT -

By Ross Law­son HURDLER Jess Turner con­ceded the length of the sea­son fi­nally took its toll af­ter the Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity stu­dent fell just short of a medal at the World Univer­sity Games, in Chi­nese Taipei.

The run­ner had been eye­ing up a place on the podium in the 400m hur­dles, but it proved to be a step too far as she fin­ished fifth in a time of 57.45s.

That was nearly two sec­onds slower than win­ner Ay­o­mide Folorunso, from Italy, though it was quicker than the ef­fort she reg­is­tered in the heat ear­lier in the week.

But de­spite miss­ing out on a medal, Turner in­sisted that would have been a bonus as op­posed to a de­fin­i­tive aim, grate­ful for the ex­pe­ri­ence of tak­ing on the World Univer­sity Games’ (WUGs) best.

She said: “My in­ten­tions on com­ing here were to def­i­nitely make the fi­nal but also to get that chance to medal – it would have been great scenes if I would have medalled,” she said.

“But I gave it ev­ery­thing, I think the sea­son has caught up with me.

“It wasn’t my day but I’ve had such a long sea­son so I can’t re­ally com­plain.”

Now the 22-year-old is hop­ing to kick on into the next stage of her ca­reer, thrilled to revel in an ex­pe­ri­ence she is set to re­mem­ber for a long time in Chi­nese Taipei.

• Bri­tish Uni­ver­si­ties & Col­leges Sport (BUCS) is the na­tional gov­ern­ing body for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (HE) sport in the UK, or­gan­is­ing leagues, com­pe­ti­tions and in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams for more than 150 in­sti­tu­tions across 52 sports. Over 110 ath­letes rep­re­sented GB at the 29th World Univer­sity Games (Sum­mer Univer­si­ade) in Chi­nese Taipei, Au­gust 19-30.

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