The 2019 World University Games was held in the Italian city of Napoli from 3-14 July. They games celebrated 60 years since inception in Turin, Italy in 1959. The programme included 18 sports, 128 countries and approximately 9,300 student athletes and officials.
One of those students was Carlow’s own Marcus Lawler representing IT Carlow who came home with a bronze medal in the Men’s 200 Metre. This is a stark contrast to last year’s European Championships in Berlin, were Lawler exited disappointingly in the first round.
After returning from Italy, Marcus had time to verbalise his feeling’s when speaking to KCLR
“Im thrilled, its only sinking in now, its so surreal to be on the podium at global major championship.
“This time it all clicked, it was super, everything from crossing the line, the homecoming, its all unbelievable”
You can view the race below
Paulo Camilo (BRA) does it again! Yesterday's 100m winner secures gold over 200m. 🏃♀🏃♂ #Napoli2019 #ToBeUnique #Universiade @cbdu
💻📱🖥 Watch the Universiade on https://t.co/8XfcaBi162 from 3 to 14 July! ☀🌋🍕 pic.twitter.com/YSE4Nglaob
— FISU (@FISU) July 11, 2019
Kilkennys Cliodhna Manning also competed in the 400m.