#GWANGJU2015 – Day 1 – Ashleigh Whittaker progresses through to the semi-finals

The 2015 World University Games started yesterday in Gwangju (KOR), with thirty-four Australian athletes competing. Of those athletes, eight are Victorian, and will be competing against some of the best athletes from around the world. Athletics runs over a five day period, from the 8th to the 12th of July.


The first of two days for the men’s decathlon kicked off on day one of competition, with RMIT student David Brock taking part. With a large day of five events ahead, David started off strong with an 11.17 seconds 100m followed by a furthest jump of 6.90m in the Long Jump. Shot Put was the final event of his morning session, where he threw 13.47m.

With the morning session complete, the decathletes went away and rested up, before having to return to the track for the High Jump. David’s highest clearance jump was 1.92m. After a full on day of competition, he then moved onto his final event of the day, the 400m. David finished only miliseconds behind teammate Kyle Cranston (NSW) with a run of 51.22 seconds.

Tomorrow David will return to the track for the final five events – 110m hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin and finishing with the 1500m.


Ashleigh Whittaker is our only female competing in the competition, and will be lining up on the start line in both the 100m and 200m events. She also has a large program, with each of her events potentially have heats, semis and finals. She cruised home to a victory in her heat of the 100m, crossing the line with a time of 11.50. She progresses through to the semi-final, which takes place on day two of competition.


James Hansen was our final athlete to compete on the first day of competition. James crossed the line in fourth position, with a time of 3:53.14. However, he will not progress to the next round.


Athletics resumes again today, with more Victorians taking to the track, and field. Starting off the day will be Rhydian Cowley in the 20km walk, with David Brock and Ashleigh Whittaker also returning for their second day of competition. Be sure to follow @AthsVic on Twitter for updates throughout the day.


Lachlan Rayner