Olympian Beauchemin-Nadeau returns to FISU podium


Michel Belanger

July 11, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Weightlifter Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau of Candiac, Que., claimed Canada’s seventh medal of the Kazan Universiade Thursday afternoon when she finished third in the minus 75-kilogram category.

The 2012 Olympian reached the podium for the second straight FISU Games as she had captured bronze at -69kg in 2011 in Shenzhen, China, when the sport made its Universiade debut. 

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“My performance today wasn’t as good as I had hoped but the goal was to win the bronze medal and I got it, so I’m really happy about that,” said the University of Sherbrooke medicine student. “This was kind of a test for me after moving up to 75 kilos. It was my first international competition in that category and overall it went well.”

Beauchemin-Nadeau was third after the snatch with 103kg and added 130kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 233.

Russia’s Olga Zubova (120-159-279) overcame teammate Nadezhda Evstyukhina (123-155-278) in the clean and jerk to win gold with a Universiade record of 279kg. Evstyukhina claimed bronze in the event at the 2008 Olympics.

“It wasn’t Marie-Ève’s best performance but considering she’s not in peak form right now, we’re very satisfied,” said coach Guy Marineau. “Anytime you win a medal at an international meet, you have to be happy.”

Beauchemin-Nadeau, who was eighth at -69kg last summer in London and was a silver medallist at -75kg at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, will compete in her fourth senior world championships in October in Wroclaw, Poland (Oct. 16-27).

In other Canadian weightlifting action on Thursday, Mathieu Marineau had a rough day at -85kg. The native of St-Jérôme, Que., lifted 145kg in the snatch but failed at his three attempts at 177, 178 and 180 in the clean and jerk.

The Kazan weightlifting tournament wraps up on Friday. Richard Gonsalves of Mississauga, Ont., will compete at -94kg.