Jess Judd won the bronze medal in the women’s 5000m, with teammate Louise Small close behind in fourth at the World University Games in Taipei.
Judd ran an impressive race, cementing a place on the podium over the last lap and as she sprinted down the home straight it was just a matter of whether it would be silver or bronze.
As Germany’s Hanna Klein showed a tremendous switch of pace to open up a 70-metre gap at the front of the race, gold was guaranteed, leaving a battle between Judd and Canada’s Jessica O’Connell for the silver medal.
Both athletes gave it everything to cross the line first, but it was the Canadian who had more at the last moment to clinch silver by a few hundredths of a second.
Klein posted 15:45.28 for the gold, with O’Connell clocking 15:50.96, and Judd taking third in 15:51.19.
Judd’s bronze secured the second athletics medal for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, adding to Jonny Davies’ bronze in the men’s 1500m on Friday.
Finishing behind Judd was teammate Louise Small. After running from the front with 800m to go, Small struggled to maintain the pace on the last lap but held on strongly to consolidate fourth place. The 25-year-old crossed the line in 15:55:55.
Following the race, a delighted Judd said, “I’m so happy, I didn’t expect to get a medal. I worked really hard for that, put myself in the race and did everything right.”
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Elsewhere, Zak Seddon was sixth in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final in 8:39.30, while Amelia Strickler finished sixth in the women’s shot put final with a best throw of 17.13m, also a new personal best for the 23-year-old.
James Bowness finished fourth posting 1:48.78 in the last of three 800m semi-finals.
With the top two automatically qualifying along with the next two fastest times, Bowness missed out on a final spot.