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Banbridge star Emma shines with seventh in humid Taipei

 

By Brian Hill

Banbridge’s Emma Mitchell ran her second fastest ever 5,000 metres when she finished seventh yesterday in the World University Games in Taipei.

The QUB student’s time of 16 mins 0.02 secs is her second best behind her NI record of 15 mins 50.55 secs. It was an impressive performance given the temperature and humid conditions. The race was won by Hanna Klein of Germany in 15.45.28.

British athletes performed well with Jessica Judd securing bronze in 15.51.19 and Louise Small fourth in 15.55.55. Mitchell’s Irish team-mate Shona Heslipp was 11th out of 17 finishers in a PB of 16.09.62.

23-year-old Emma’s race was on the back of her ninth place a few days earlier in the 10,000 metres.

Coach Eamonn Christie said: “I am delighted with Emma’s  performance, particularly as the 10,000 metres after-effects were still in her legs. She said she felt really strong in the last 500 metres but just wasn’t able to cover an earlier break by Judd.

“It has been a memorable few days for Emma in her first major championship where she acquitted herself well with both the competition and the humidity. The experience will stand her in good stead for next year’s Commonwealths in the Gold Coast.”

There were two gold medals for NI athletes in the England U17 Championships in Bedford.

Ballydrain’s Eve Walsh-Dann  won the Para T36 200 metres in a time of 31.73 secs.

Shercock’s Jade Williams took the hammer title with a throw of 59.77 metres ahead of Charlotte Williams on 58.07.

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