Sunette Viljoen launched a new African record in the javelin and Nelson Evora sparked into life again after a long while to add further touches of sparkle to a Universiade that has arguably displayed a higher level of standards compared to previous occasions, but the British team remain without a medal after three days of action.

The 27-year-old South African hit a classy 66.47m as early as her second attempt to place the javelin final beyond reach and stress her medal credentials for Daegu as she moved fourth in the global lists this season, placing over six and a half metres on runner-up Matina Maximova (RUS) who got 59.87m. Her new mark doubled as a national record and PB on top of that, improving slightly on her previous best of 66.37m from last summer. The consistency wasn’t there, though, as her next best throw was a fifth-round 60.36m but a one-off can still do the damage and this is a rival Goldie Sayers has got to watch out.

Olympic champion Evora (POR) had to wait long to find his way over 17m, since 2009 actually, but the fifth round saw him land at a huge SB of 17.31m in totally breathless conditions to mark a return to form although that will hardly make an impression on the likes of Phillips Idowu on the global stage at the moment. But it will serve as a reminder that he is still there and he could stage a return to world class territory with a good winter behind him. Ukraine’s Victor Kuznietsov was second with 16.89m (0.7m/sec).

Julian Reid enjoyed a solid and consistent competition to end up fifth courtesy of a last-round 16.61m (0.2m/sec).

Meghan Beesley, apparently affected by a cold, endured a nightmare display that reduced her to last in a disappointing 59.21 secs as Ukraine’s Anna Yaroshchuk pulled away to a convincing victory in 55.15 secs in the women’s 400m hurdles, with Russian Irina Davidova earning silver in 55.50 secs. Despite the result, the 21-year-old Nick Daikin charge can take pride in her season having won a European U23 bronze and lowered her PB to 55.69 secs, narrowly failing to gain a place for Daegu.

There weren’t much better fortunes for David Bishop and Kris Gauson who came seventh and eighth in 3:49.61 and 3:49.84 in a very slow early pace-late burn up 1500m final that saw the Algerian Touil twins, Imad and Abdelmadjed, occupy the top two places in a close finish in 3:48.13 and 3:48.24 respectively.

UK Trials runner-up Richard Davenport put in maybe the best British performance of the day as he won the third semifinal of the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.89 secs, his second fastest ever, and could set his sights on a medal in what looks to be like a very open final behind red hot favourite Jeshua Anderson (USA), who came second in 49.72 secs in the intermediate semifinal. Niall Flannery didn’t make it through, though, as he trailed well behind in last in 53.86 secs in that run.

Ashley Bryant completed his decathlon with a late series of a below par 4.30m in the pole vault (702pts), a 64.08m in the javelin (799pts) and a PB of 4:39.51 (683pts) to amass a new PB of 7789pts, improving his previous best from early July by 42pts.

Stevie Stockton built on an excellent season of hers to easily reach the final of the women’s 5000m as she came fifth in 16:06.57 in the first qualifying heat, with five automatic spots on offer, while both Emily Diamond and Margaret Adeoye moved convincingly through to the semifinals of the women’s 200m. Emily was third in 23.78 (-0.1m/sec) in the second heat and Margaret filled the same place in the opening section in 23.94 secs (0.0m/sec). Marginally fastest of the second round was Anneisha McLaughlin (JAM) in 23.52 secs from Yelyzaveta Brygzina (UKR, 23.53).

James Alaka also qualified comfortably in third in 21.13 secs (0.2m/sec) from the fourth and final quarterfinal heat with Canada’s Oluwasegun Makinde top of the round in a PB of 20.72 secs despite a headwind of -1.0m/sec.

U20 Marcel Nagy (HUN) won the men’s 400m in a fast 45.50 secs to add to his recent European U20 title from Jamaica’s Peter Matthews, 45.62 (PB), and Aussie Sean Wroe in 45.93 secs (SB) where pre-tournament favourite Joey Hughes (USA) languished back in sixth in 45.99 secs, while Russians Olga Topilskaya and Elena Migunova dominated the women’s version in 51.53 and 51.77 secs respectively.

Bogdan Bondarenko (UKR) edged the men’s high jump over 2.28m as 2.33m man Erik Kynard (USA) crashed out at only 2.15m and a fast women’s 800m final was conquered by Olha Zadhovodnya in a PB of 1:59.56 to round off a strong day for Ukraine, with Russia’s Elena Kofanova second in 1:59.94.

Results

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