University of East London athlete will never forget Universiry Games experience
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 September 2017
University of East London athlete Corinne Humphreys may have just missed out a place on the podium but she insists her World University Games experience is one she won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
Humphreys – named in the British squad for July’s World Athletics Championships in London – came home in joint fourth place in the women’s 100m final, just 0.16 seconds shy of a bronze medal.
The 25-year-old had stormed through her heats and semi-finals to book her lane in the final, successfully overcoming a potential curveball after organisers added another round at the last minute.
But a medal wasn’t to be hers as she crossed the finish line, Jamaica’s Shashalee Forbes taking the win at the Games - the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.
Yet despite her disappointment at coming home empty-handed, Humphreys insists plenty of positives can be taken from her time in Chinese Taipei.
“My performance was the best that I could give this late in the season, so I was happy with it,” said the advertising student.
“It was quite consistent, and I think my third fastest time ever in the competition so that was good.
“They added another round at the last minute which I wasn’t prepared for, but I just had to make it work.
“I still made it through all three rounds to the final, so I am happy with my performance.
“The standard of competition was very high.
“The time that won would have just missed out on the final at the World Championships.”
Her return from the World University Games marks the end of the season for Humphreys, one in which she has taken great strides towards reaching the top of her sport.
And now with the experience of a multi-sport event under her belt, she is ready for whatever opportunities come her way over the coming years.
“I don’t think a lot of people knew Great Britain were sending a team out to the World University Games, but it’s definitely a good competition to do,” she said.
“It will prepare us for the bigger meets, like the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
“I just want to train and compete as hard as I can, and hopefully future opportunities will.”
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, organising leagues and competitions for more than 150 institutions across 52 different sports.
More than 110 athletes will represent the GB team at the 29th FISU Summer World University Games 2017 from 19-30 August.