READING’s Jonathan Davies admits his bronze-medal winning exploits in the 1,500m at the World University Games will live long in the memory.

The second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympics, the World University Games (WUGS) finished in Chinese Taipei yesterday (Wednesday), with Davies part of the British delegation.

And the Birmingham University student made sure to play his part in the team’s success, bringing up medal number four with a battling performance in the 1,500m final last Friday.

The Brit actually led with 300m remaining after a sharp increase in pace, but he was unable to hold on to the lead as first Germany’s Timo Benitz and then France’s Alexis Miellet came past.

He was, however, able to cling on for the final podium spot, crossing the line in 3m 43.99secs, adding to the BUCS Championships title he claimed in Bedford back in May.

And after sticking to his tactics to take the race to his rivals, Davies admits he has learned some valuable lessons along the way.

“It was just a bit of a whirlwind, to be honest,” he said.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do when I came, I just wanted to make the final. I knew it was going to be tough.

“Obviously I took it out from 600m, trying to make it hard for everyone and my coach said beforehand that people will come back around me and they did.

“I knew I had another gear but it’s just different, there’s so many people around you in the 1,500m, it’s so messy the whole way.

“But I’m happy to get a medal, and learn a few lessons as well hopefully.”

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, organising leagues, competitions and international representative teams for more than 150 institutions across 52 sports. Over 110 athletes represented GB at the 29th World University Games (Summer Universiade) in Chinese Taipei in August.