Thursday, August 18, 2011

Estonia's Märt Israel leads all qualifiers in men's discus at World University Games...

SHENZHEN, China--Estonia's Märt Israel (left/photo by Paul Merca), who competed one season at the University of Washington, led all competitors in Friday morning's discus qualifying rounds at Universiade Center Stadium as day four of track and field competition at the World University Games got underway.

Israel spun the disc 201-0 (61.26m) on his second attempt to easily surpass the automatic qualifying mark of 195-2 (59.50m) to advance to the finals on Sunday, starting at 6:40 pm, local time (3:40 am Sunday in Seattle).

The former Husky is using the World University Games as a final tuneup for the world championships in Daegu, where he will make his third career appearance.

Competing Friday night at the World University Games are Jeshua Anderson, who completed his career at Washington State in the finals of the men's 400 hurdles; Canadians Holly Parent (Washington State) and Kyle Nielsen (Washington) in the qualifying round of the women's high jump, and finals in the men's javelin; and, James Alaka (Washington) of Great Britain in the semi-finals of the men's 200, with the finals later on in the evening.

Complete results from the World University Games are available here (click on the day). You can also watch streaming video of the World University Games at

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