1991 Summer Universiade

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XVI Summer Universiade
Nations participating 101
Athletes participating 3,346
Events 11 sports
Opening ceremony July 14, 1991
Closing ceremony July 25, 1991
Officially opened by HRH Anne, Princess Royal
Athlete's Oath Anne German (athletics)
Torch Lighter Helen Sharman
Main venue Don Valley Stadium

The 1991 Summer Universiade, also known as the XVI Summer Universiade, took place in Sheffield, England. In the host country it was generally referred to as the World Student Games.

Sheffield City Council saw the event as a catalyst for urban renewal after industrial decline.[1] It set up a company, Universiade GB Ltd, to run the games.[1] Lack of central government funding and television sponsorship meant the event was in doubt until the Council guaranteed the money itself, in the face of complaints from local ratepayers.[1] New facilities built for the event included the centrepiece Don Valley Stadium and other arenas, while the Lyceum Theatre was renovated for the associated cultural events.[1] The opening ceremony attracted publicity when Helen Sharman, Britain's first astronaut, tripped and dropped the games torch. The flames were finally lit by the ignitor in the flame bowl itself as the torch had gone completely out.[1]

Venues[edit]

University Village[edit]

Hyde Park flats, located near Sheffield City Centre were used for accommodation for the athletes during the games and were later demolished.

Hyde Park flats during the 1991 Summer Universiade

Sports[edit]


Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 28 24 23 75
2  China 21 18 13 52
3  Soviet Union 15 14 21 50
4  North Korea 11 3 5 19
5  Italy 6 7 8 21
6  Japan 5 16 7 28
7  Germany 4 9 5 18
8  United Kingdom 4 5 4 13
9  South Korea 4 2 2 8
10  Canada 3 5 10 18
11  France 3 1 4 8
12  Ireland 3 1 0 4
13  Romania 2 4 6 12
14  Australia 2 3 2 7
15  Netherlands 2 2 0 4
16  Poland 1 3 1 5
17  Nigeria 1 2 0 3
18  Jamaica 1 1 0 2
19  Bermuda 1 0 0 1
19  Chinese Taipei 1 0 0 1
19  Finland 1 0 0 1
22  Spain 0 3 2 5
23  Cuba 0 1 1 2
23  Norway 0 1 1 2
25  Malaysia 0 1 0 1
25  Mexico 0 1 0 1
25  Sierra Leone 0 1 0 1
25  Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
29  Belgium 0 0 2 2
30  Kenya 0 0 1 1
Total 119 129 118 366

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Troubled student games 'were almost scrapped'". Sheffield Telegraph. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.