UNIVERSITY of Bath sporting scholar Jenny Nesbitt finished fifth in a challenging 10,000-metres final at the World University Games in Taipei.
Torrential rain delayed the athletics evening session for an hour, then the 90 per cent humidity and temperatures in the mid-30°s caused several athletes to suffer heat exhaustion once the race eventually got under way.
Sport and social sciences student Nesbitt, who is supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, produced a stellar effort to claim a hard- earned top-five finish in 34:01.34, making her the highest-placed Brit in the field.
It concludes an impressive season for Nesbitt, who made a strong comeback from knee surgery to make her Great Britain track debut at last month’s European under-23 Championships, finishing sixth in the 10,000 metres.
The World University Games are the second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games, with the 2017 edition featuring almost 10,000 athletes from more than 170 countries.