July 10, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Kimberly Hyacinthe of Terrebonne, Que., earned Canada’s first gold medal of the Summer Universiade Wednesday night thanks to a personal-best time of 22.78 seconds in the 200 metres final.
The University of Quebec at Montreal student made double history with her triumph. She became the first Canadian female to win individual gold in athletics at the FISU Games and is also the first Team Canada member – female or male – to capture two Universiade gold medals in track and field. She was part of the winning 4×400 relay in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia.
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“I’m happy to have the first gold medal for Canada and I believe there’s more to come,” said a smiling Hyacinthe following the race, which she won by two tenths of a second. “I think I came off the corner second, so I knew I was good to go because the last stretch is my strength.”
Hanna-Maari Latvala of Finland (22.98) and Andreea Luiza Ograzeanu of Romania (23.10) claimed silver and bronze, respectively, while Shai-Anne Davis, a York University student from Richmond, B.C., finished just outside the podium in 23.12. All posted personal bests on the night.
Hyacinthe was going into the final with the best time of the preliminaries, 23.27. Her previous PB was 22.79.
In addition to the women’s 200m, Canadians competed in four finals Wednesday at Central Stadium.
In the men’s 200, Oluwasegun Makinde of Ottawa (uOttawa) and Brenden Rodney of Toronto (Long Island) finished fourth and fifth with respective times of 20.61 and 20.72.
The scenario repeated itself moments later, in the women’s 3000 steeplechase, with Chantelle Groenewoud of North Vancouver, B.C. (Illinois), and Jessica Furlan of Regina (Nebraska) barely missing the podium in 9:51.17 and 9:51.23, respectively, both personal records.
In the women’s pole vault, Lindsey Bergevin of Leduc, Alta. (Alberta), cleared four metres on her second attempt but could not quite complete a clean jump at 4.10, leaving her in 10th place. Robin Bone of London, Ont. (Western), was one of three athletes to clear 3.85 metres and finish in a tie for 11th.
In a strong men’s javelin field, Coquitlam, B.C. native Kyle Nielsen (Washington) also accomplished ended up 10th with a throw of 74.61.
Asked about the team’s performance so far and her overall experience as part of Team Canada at the Games, Hyacinthe said, “The track is great, the people are great – it’s been more than we could ask for.”
Athletics at the Kazan Universiade continues until Friday. All night sessions are webcast live on www.fisu.tv.
CANADA’S GOLD MEDALS IN ATHLETICS AT THE UNIVERSIADE (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