Launceston runner Dylan Evans to contest World University Games

Marathon undertaking: Launceston's Dylan Evans will compete at the World University Games in Taipei later this month.

Marathon undertaking: Launceston's Dylan Evans will compete at the World University Games in Taipei later this month.

Launceston runner Dylan Evans is among the biggest Australian team ever to contest the World University Games this month.

The University of Tasmania student will contest the half-marathon in Taipei as Australia’s 48-strong athletics team seeks to match the performance at the 2015 edition in Gwangju, Korea, where Hobart’s Steph Stigwood was among the five medallists.

Australian University Sport will celebrate 50 years of attending the Summer Universiade since debuting at the Tokyo Games in 1967 and subsequently amassing a total of 159 medals (45 gold, 44 silver and 70 bronze).

A total of 186 Australian student-athletes will compete in Taiwan at what has become the world's second largest international athletic event, double the size of the Winter Olympics and bigger than the Commonwealth Games.

Featuring more than 20,000 athletes from 170 countries, the Games are a crucial stepping stone for emerging young stars striving for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games or the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Hobart’s Tanner Krebs is among the 12-man Emerging Boomers basketball team which is coached by Basketball Tasmania’s development manager Mark Radford. 

Basketball Tasmania's Mark Radford.

Basketball Tasmania's Mark Radford.

Krebs, 21, is studying at St Mary’s College in California and is one of seven American-based players in the Australian team.

Meanwhile, Hobart’s Hayden Beltz has been named in a 27-strong national junior hockey squad from which 18 will be selected to represent Australia at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia in October. 

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