Athletics are about to get underway in Shenzhen, China, within the frame of the World Student Games and US 400m hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson features prominently among competitors following the withdrawal of World 800m champion Semenya Caster (RSA) through injury. Interestingly enough, the American is using the competition as a late tune-up before swinging over to Daegu to contest the World Championships in quick succession.

Olympic triple jump champion Nelson Evora (POR) is another notable character to look out for but has been strugging for form and lying nowhere near the heights of two-three years ago.

Britain field a 24-strong team that involves some promising athletes like Meghan Beesley, James Alaka, Stevie Stocton, Stacey Smith, Andy Vernon and a resurrected Richard Davenport looking for a healthy number of medals and a good amount of individual performances across the board. The full team are as follows:

Men
100m James Alaka, Rion Pierre
200m James Alaka
800m  Joe Thomas
1500m Kris Gauson, David Bishop
5000m Andy Vernon
110mh Gianni Frankis
400mh Richard Davenport, Niall Flannery
LJ & TJ Julian Reid
Decathlon Ashley Bryant

Women
100m Ashleigh Nelson, Margaret Adeoye
200m Margaret Adeoye
200m Emily Diamond
400m Kelly Massey
800m Charlotte Best
1500m Stacey Smith
100mh Gemma Bennett, Ashley Helsby
400mh Meghan Beesley
5000m Stevie Stockton
3000mSC Lennie Waite
LJ Amy Harris
PV Sally Peake

The morning session of the first day gets off to the women 400m meaning that Kelly Massey will be the first Briton to enter the fray, going in lane five in the fourth preliminary heat, while Rion Pierre and European U23 champion Alaka follow on in the first round heats of the men’s 100m. Pierre is out in lane eight in the third where Alaka gets a central lane in four in the eighth and penultimate run.

Ashleigh Nelson goes in lane five in the eighth and last preliminary heat of the women’s short dash and Beesley occupies the same lane in the second out of three sections of the women’s 400m hurdles first round at noon.

Day I schedule: http://match.sz2011.org/Scheduledetail2/ATENG.htm

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Official website:  http://www.sz2011.org/Universiade/

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