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Winning Students stars return with World Uni medals

16 July 2019
David Cumberlidge fought his way back from injury to win World University gold.

David Cumberlidge fought his way back from injury to win World University gold.

Two Winning Students athletes lived up to their reputations at the highest level of student sport this past fortnight after returning from the World University Summer Games with medals.

David Cumberlidge (Heriot-Watt University) and Gemma Macarthur (University of Edinburgh) won gold and bronze respectively in the men’s 50m freestyle and women’s 10m platform events.

For Cumberlidge, the gold follows a solid performance at the British Championships earlier in the year and the chemical engineering student

He said: “Winning gold just feels amazing. It’s been such a long and tough season for me. I’ve come back from injury and spent so long in the pool and in rehab, so to win gold at the end of it feels like such a relief.

“It’s the first time I’ve gone under 22 seconds which is something I’ve working towards for years and years so to finally get that was such an amazing feeling.”

Gemma Macarthur with World Universities bronze medal

It was a successful trip for University of Edinburgh diver, Gemma Macarthur (pic by University of Edinburgh Sport).

Meanwhile, in the diving pool, Macarthur was in medal contention from start to finish as she took bronze in a world-class field in the 10m platform.