Irish success at the World University Games in Napoli, came in the form of a bronze medal win for IT Carlow student, Marcus Lawler. Lawlor celebrated success on the Stadio San Paulo track, running the final of the men’s 200m in a time of 20.55. Lawler ran a fantastic bend and continued to fight all the way up the home straight to claim his spot on the podium. Paulo Andre Camilo took the gold for Brazil, with South African Chedrick Van Wyk claiming the silver.
Fifty-two Irish athletes competed across four disciplines – athletics, archery, football (men’s and women’s) – in the Games, which took place in July.
Sarah Lavin (University College Dublin) and Phil Healy (Waterford IT) finished in fourth and sixth, respectively, in their finals also. Lavin was very unlucky to miss out on a medal in the 100m hurdles final, where she ran a third season’s best of the competition to finish fourth. Despite suffering a broken bone in her foot only three months ago, Healy came home placed sixth in the final of the women’s 200m.
The Women’s Football team provided some unforgettable moments during the competition. They defeated Brazil 1-0 on the opening night of competition, which was followed by victory over South Korea, to top the group, before losing out, on penalties, to Russia in the bronze-medal game.