#GWANGJU2015 – Day 2 – Whittaker’s performances matches that of Shirley Strickland

Day two of the World University Games began with the 20km walk. Australian athletes Dane Bird-Smith (QLD) and Rhydian Cowley were our competitors. With wet and muddy conditions facing the athletes, it turned out to be a day of only Gold for Dane. He had an impressive day out on the road, taking first position with a time of 1:21.30, edging out second place by .03 of a second! Victorian athlete Rhydian finished in 13th place with a time of 1:28.12.


David Brock stepped onto the track for his second day of competition in the decathlon. With the final five events ahead of him, he was looking to continue on his strong performances from the day before. At the conclusion of the competition, David finished in 7th position with 7337 points. Here were his results from the second day.

  • 110m Hurdles – 3rd with a time of 15.97 seconds.
  • Discus – 7th with a furthest throw of 39.63m
  • Pole Vault – 1st with a highest clearance of 4.70m
  • Javelin – 10th with a furthest throw of 55.33m
  • 1500m – 7th with a time of 4:43.59


Ashleigh Whittaker continues her strong track and field season on day two. Making things look easy, she began her day with a second place in the 200m heat, with a time of 24.10.  Later on in the day, she once again stepped onto the start line for the semi-final of the 100m. Her second place and time of 11.58 means that she qualified for the final which was took place two hours later. With two runs already in her legs for the day, she had to once again take to the start line for the final of the 100m. Placing 6th with a time of 11.64 seconds, puts her performance up next to Shirley Strickland.


Lachlan Rayner