Universiade (athletics) : Hyacinthe claims Canada’s first gold at FISU Games

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KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) – Kimberly Hyacinthe ofTerrebonne, Que., earned Canada’s first gold medal of theSummer Universiade Wednesday night thanks to a personal-best timeof 22.78 seconds in the 200 metres final.

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The University of Quebec at Montreal student made double historywith her triumph.

She became the first Canadian female to winindividual gold in athletics at the FISU Games and is also thefirst Team Canada member – female or male – to capturetwo Universiade gold medals in track and field. She was part of thewinning 4×400 relay in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia.

“I’m happy to have the first gold medal for Canadaand I believe there’s more to come,” said a smilingHyacinthe following the race, which she won by two tenths of asecond. “I think I came off the corner second, so I knew Iwas good to go because the last stretch is my strength.”

Hanna-Maari Latvala of Finland (22.98) and Andreea LuizaOgrazeanu of Romania (23.10) claimed silver and bronze,respectively, while Shai-Anne Davis, a York University student fromRichmond, B.C., finished just outside the podium in 23.12. Allposted personal bests on the night.

Hyacinthe was going into the final with the best time of thepreliminaries, 23.27. Her previous PB was 22.79.

In addition to the women’s 200m, Canadians competed infour finals Wednesday at Central Stadium.

In the men’s 200, Oluwasegun Makinde of Ottawa (uOttawa)and Brenden Rodney of Toronto (Long Island) finished fourth andfifth with respective times of 20.61 and 20.72.

The scenario repeated itself moments later, in the women’s3000 steeplechase, with Chantelle Groenewoud of NorthVancouver, B.C. (Illinois), and Jessica Furlan ofRegina (Nebraska) barely missing the podium in 9:51.17 and9:51.23, respectively, both personal records.

In the women’s pole vault, Lindsey Bergevin of Leduc,Alta. (Alberta), cleared four metres on her second attempt butcould not quite complete a clean jump at 4.10, leaving her in10th place. Robin Bone of London, Ont. (Western), wasone of three athletes to clear 3.85 metres and finish in a tie for11th.

In a strong men’s javelin field, Coquitlam,B.C. native Kyle Nielsen (Washington) also ended up10th with a throw of 74.61.

Asked about the team’s performance so far and her overallexperience as part of Team Canada at the Games, Hyacinthe said,“The track is great, the people are great – it’sbeen more than we could ask for.”

Athletics at the Kazan Universiade continues until Friday. Allnight sessions are webcast live on www.fisu.tv.

CANADA’S GOLD MEDALS IN ATHLETICS AT THEUNIVERSIADE (6):

2013 (Kazan, Russia): Kimberly Hyacinthe, 200m

2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): Women’s 4x400m (C. Muir, A.Nelson, K. Hyacinthe, E. Akinsule)

1983 (Edmonton, Canada): Guillaume Leblanc, 20km race walk

1983 (Edmonton, Canada): David Steen, Decathlon

1975 (Rome, Italy): Bishop Dolegiewicz, Shot Put

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