1991 Summer Universiade

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XVI Summer Universiade
Nations participating 101
Athletes participating 3,346
Events 11 sports
Opening ceremony July 14
Closing ceremony July 25
Officially opened by HRH Anne, Princess Royal
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.

Hyde Park flats during the 1991 Summer Universiade

Sports[edit]

Medal table[edit]

  *   Host nation (Great Britain)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)29222576
2 China (CHN)21181150
3 Soviet Union (URS)12142046
4 North Korea (PRK)113519
5 Italy (ITA)671023
6 Japan (JPN)516728
7 Germany (GER)49518
8 Great Britain (GBR)*45514
9 South Korea (KOR)42410
10 Canada (CAN)34916
11 France (FRA)3148
12 Hungary (HUN)3115
13 Ireland (IRL)3104
14 Poland (POL)23611
15 Australia (AUS)2327
16 Netherlands (NED)2204
17 Romania (ROM)1315
18 Nigeria (NGR)1203
19 Jamaica (JAM)1102
20 Bermuda (BER)1001
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)1001
 Finland (FIN)1001
23 Spain (ESP)0347
24 Cuba (CUB)0112
 Norway (NOR)0112
26 Malaysia (MAS)0101
 Mexico (MEX)0101
 Sierra Leone (SLE)0101
 Yugoslavia (YUG)0101
30 Belgium (BEL)0022
31 Indonesia (INA)0011
 Kenya (KEN)0011
Totals (32 nations)120126125371


References[edit]

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