Kris Gauson Advances At World University Games

SHENZHEN, CHINA -- Former Butler track and cross country standout Kris Gauson has advanced to the finals of the 1500 meter run at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.  He will compete for the 1500 meter title on Thursday, August 18.

Gauson placed third in the first heat of the 1500 semifinals in 3:53.68.  The tactical opening race was won by Imad Touil of Algeria in 3:53.29, while Viatcheslav Sokolov of Russia finished second in 3:53.63.  Gauson, competing for Great Britain, narrowly edged Szymon Krawczyk of Poland, who finished in 3:53.72.

The top qualifier for the 1500 meter finals was Abdelmadjed Touil of Algeria, who won the third heat of the semifinals in 3:42.68.  A total of 12 competitors advanced to the finals.

Gauson, who completed his eligibility with the Bulldogs in 2010-11, is one of two Butler representatives at the World University Games.  Butler men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens is serving as an assistant coach for the USA team, which is currently unbeaten in the Games.