JESSICA Judd is aiming for the 2020 Olympic Games after claiming a bronze medal at the World University Games.

The Rochford-born athlete notched third place in the women's 5000m event in Chinese Taipei.

And Judd was delighted with her performance and is now looking to take her promising form on the track into the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.

Judd, 22, said: "I'm really happy, I ran it exactly as I wanted.

"I was going for the win, as I do in every race, but we all knew that it was going to be very hard.

"I'm so happy because I didn't expect to get a medal.

"I worked really hard for that and I think that I did everything right.

"It's been so good so I'm really happy with it and enjoyed my time here and hopefully it was good practice for Tokyo."

The Loughborough University student was called up to represent her country at the World University Games.

And Judd finished less than six seconds behind German athlete Hanna Klein, who claimed gold in the women's 5000m final.

The Canvey Island-based runner crossed the finish line after 15 minutes and 51.19 seconds to become the seventh British competitor at the World University Games to secure a place on the podium.

Judd finished just one second adrift of Canada's Jessica O'Connell, who took the silver medal.

The south Essex athlete, who was one of 18 competitors in the women's 5000m final at the annual competition, finished one place ahead of fellow Brit Louise Small.

Small registered a time of 15 minutes and 55.55 seconds to finish just outside the top three.

Judd's third place finish followed impressive outings at the World Championships earlier this month.

The former Castle View School pupil competed in the 1500m at the eagerly-anticipated competition, which was held at the London Stadium.

Judd advanced to the semi-finals, having successfully negotiated the heats, before being eliminated from the contest.