Michel Belanger

July 11, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (CIS) – Canada’s medal count is up to eight at the 27th Summer Universiade thanks to Katherine Savard’s silver in swimming and Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau’s bronze in weightlifting, on Thursday.

Other highlights from the seventh day of competition included men’s volleyball qualifying for the quarter-finals and beach volleyball advancing to the semis (women) and quarters (men).

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Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., finished second in the women’s 50-metre butterfly. The 20-year-old claimed her first international medal in a time of 26.05 seconds and broke her own Canadian record of 26.20 she set in June.

“It was close,” said Savard, who also swam at last year’s Summer Olympics in London. “I beat my own record (so) I am more happy about that.

“It’s a good feeling to race in the big pool in international events.”

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus won the race in 25.84 seconds. Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., was eighth in 26.85.

Savard has the potential to add to her tally. She is ranked second in the world in the 100-metre fly, which begins Saturday.

“I will try to do my best time,” said Savard. “I can not control what the other swimmers are doing. I will see if I can win another medal.”

Kelly Aspinall just missed the podium in the 50-metre butterfly. The 23-year-old from Nanoose Bay, B.C., finished fourth in a Canadian record time of 23.52 seconds, just .14 behind third place. His time bettered the old national mark of 23.66 set by Thomas Kindler back in July 2009.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” said Aspinall, who has come close to breaking the record several times. “I wanted to get the medal first of all. To miss out on it by that much was kind of frustrating.

Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City was fifth in the women’s 200m backstroke (2:11.78), while Richard Funk of Edmonton was eighth in the men’s 100m breastroke (1:01.35).

In weightlifting, Beauchemin-Nadeau of Candiac, Que., 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.

“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.”

The Canadian 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.

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 men’s volleyball, the Canucks were facing a must-win in their Pool D finale against the Czech Republic and they delivered with a four-set victory on scores of 26-24, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-17.

One of the favourites heading into the tournament following top-six finishes at each of the last three FISU Games, Canada ended up second in the group with a 3-1 record and will face undefeated Ukraine Saturday at 10 a.m. ET (6 p.m. Kazan) in the quarter-finals.

In a crucial opening frame, the Canadians overcame a 17-12 deficit to steal the set. Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., led the way on attack with a match-high 15 kills.

In beach volleyball, Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto and Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg won three of four matches on the day, the most important coming in the evening’s quarter-finals against Thailand, which pushed the Canadians to three sets.

Humana-Paredes and Pischke are in tough Friday 8 a.m. ET (4 p.m. Kazan) when they battle host Russia on centre court with a spot in the FISU final on the line.

On the men’s side, Grant O’Gorman of Toronto and Samuel Pedlow of Barrie, Ont., recovered from a morning loss with victories over China and Norway. They find now themselves in the quarter-finals, where they will take on Germany 1 Friday at 1 a.m. ET (9 a.m. Kazan).

In men’s basketball, Canada (4-0) dominated the Czech Republic 87-56 and sits in first place in its group heading into Friday’s much-anticipated clash with the USA (3-1) in the Pool C finale for both teams. Australia, which upset the Americans on Thursday, is also in the mix for a spot in the quarters.

Kevin Pangos of Holland Landing, Ont., paced the offence with 17 points, while Daniel Mullings of Toronto chipped in 15.

The Canada-USA duel can be seen live on at 5 a.m. ET (1 p.m. Kazan).

In athletics, Canada was represented in two finals on Thursday, which also marked the end of the heptathlon.

In the women’s shot put Julie Labonté of Sainte-Justine, Que., placed sixth with a throw of 17.60 metres, while Chelsea Whalen of Liverpool, N.S., finished 11th (15.52). In the men’s pole vault, Shawnacy Barber of Toronto jumped 5.15 to take 11th place.

Rachael McIntosh of Bridgewater, N.S., finished the heptathlon in ninth position with a total score of 5,589 points.

In tennis, Isade Juneau of Repentigny, Que., and Dominique Harmath of Toronto reached the round of 16 in mixed doubles thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 win over their rivals from Madagascar. They will get back on the court Friday at 5 a.m. ET (1 p.m. Kazan) against a pair from South Korea.

In wrestling, it was a tough first day on the mat for the red and white as all three Canadians in action were defeated in their opening bout, including Steven Takahashi of London, Ont. (55kg), Brian Hutton of Calgary (66kg) and Jordan Steen of Ottawa (84kg).

Hutton was invited back to the competition through repechage but lost 4-0 to Ajhahuseyn Mustafayev of Azerbaijan.

In fencing, Canada lost 45-39 to Portugal in the round of 32 of the men’s epee team tournament.

Finally, in women’s soccer, Canada downed China 2-1 in its first match on the consolation side of the draw. Heather Lund of Red Deer, Alta., scored twice for the second game in a row for the Canadians, who will face Estonia on Saturday.



Women’s shot put – Final

1. Irina Tarasova, Russia, 18.75; 2. Xiangrong Liu, China, 18.58; 3. Natalia Duco, Chile, 17.96; 6. Julie Labonte, Sainte-Justine, Que., 17.60; 11. Chelsea Whalen, Liverpool, N.S., 15.52.

Men’s pole vault – Final

1. Gavin Kendricks, USA, 5.60; 2. Seito Yamamoto, Japan, 5.60m; 3. Nikita Filippov, Kazakhstan, 5.50; 11. Shawnacy Barber, Toronto, Ont., 5.15.

Women’s heptathlon – Day 2 of 2 (after 7 events)

1. Tatiana Chernova, Russia, 6623; 2. Laura Ikauniece, Latvia, 6321; 3. Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas, Hungary, 6269; 8. Rachael McIntosh, Bridgewater, N.S., 5589 (100m hurdles, 14.29, 938 pts; high jump, 1.65, 795 pts; shot put, 12.38, 686 pts; 200m, 25.58, 834 pts; long jump, 5.69, 756 pts; javelin, 39.69, 661 pts; 800m, 2:13.18, 919 pts).

Men’s long jump – Qualification B

3. Taylor Stewart, London, Ont., 7.62, advances to final.

Men’s 110m hurdles – Heat 3

5. Matthew Brisson, St. Thomas, Ont., 14.16, does not advance.

Men’s 4X100m Relay – Round 1 Heat 2

1. Canada (Michael Robertson, Williamstown, Ont.; Oluwasegun Makinde, Ottawa, Ont.; Brendon Rodney, Brampton, Ont.; Sam Effah, Calgary, Alta.), 39.64, advances to final.

Men’s 4X400m Relay – Round 1 Heat 1

1. Canada (Ben Ayesu-Attah, Coquitlam, B.C.; Brendon Rodney, Brampton, Ont.; Michael Robertson, Williamstown, Ont.; Daniel Harper, Brampton, Ont.), 3:07.14, advances to final.

Men’s 800m – Semifinal Heat 1

1. Anthony Romaniw, Guelph, Ont., 1:47.44, advances to final.


Canada (4-0) wins 87-56 over Czech Republic (1-3) in fourth Pool C match, will face USA (3-1) Friday at 5 a.m. ET (1 p.m. Kazan) in final preliminary game.


Playoffs Round 1

Canada (Grant O’Gorman, Toronto, Ont. / Samuel Pedlow, Barrie, Ont.) loses 2-0 to Germany 2.

Playoffs Round 2

Canada (Grant O’Gorman, Toronto, Ont. / Samuel Pedlow, Barrie, Ont.) wins 2-0 over China, wins 2-0 over Norway, advances to quarter-finals and will play Germany 1 Friday at 1 a.m. ET (9 a.m. Kazan).


Playoffs Round 2

Canada 1 (Melissa Humana-Paredes, Toronto, Ont. / Taylor Pischke, Winnipeg, Man.) loses 2-0 to Poland, wins 2-0 over Austria, wins 2-0 over China, advances to quarter-finals.


Canada 1 (Melissa Humana-Paredes, Toronto, Ont. / Taylor Pischke, Winnipeg, Man.) wins 2-1 over Thailand, will play Russia Friday at 8 a.m. ET (4 p.m. Kazan) in semifinals.


Team Event – Men’s Epee

Canada loses 45-39 to Portugal in round of 32, does not advance.


Canada (2-2-0) wins 2-1 over China (0-3-1) in first consolation match, will face Estonia Saturday at noon ET (8 p.m. Kazan).


Men’s 200m Freestyle – Heat 4

4. Coleman Allen, Barrie, Ont., 1:53.10, does not advance.

Men’s 200m Freestyle – Heat 7

6. Alec Page, Cortes Island, B.C., 1:50.79, does not advance.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Heat 4

5. Tianna Rissling, Redcliffe, Alta., 1:09.91, advances to semifinal.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Heat 5

2. Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont., 1:09.21, advances to semifinal.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Semifinal 1

1. Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont., 1:08.54, advances to final; 6. Tianna Rissling, Redcliffe, Alta., 1:09.66, does not advance.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Heat 5

3. Alec Page, Cortes Island, B.C., 2:03.14, advances to semifinal; 6. Steven Bielby, Pointe-Claire, Que., 2:04.10, does not advance.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Semifinal 2

6. Alec Page, Cortes Island, B.C., 2:03.26, does not advance.

Women’s 100m Freestyle – Heat 6

2. Caroline Lapierre-Lemire, Rouyn-Noranda, Que., 56.02; advances to semifinal.

Women’s 100m Freestyle – Heat 7

2. Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que., 55.69, advances to semifinal.

Women’s 100m Freestyle – Semifinal 2

3. Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que., 54.92, advances to final

Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Heat 2

2. Eric Hedlin, Victoria, B.C., 15:18.31, advances to final.

Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Heat 3

2. William Brothers, Victoria, B.C., 15:25.61, does not advance.

Men’s 50m butterfly – Final

1. Andrii Govorov, Ukraine, 23.28; 2. Yauhen Tsurkin, Bulgaria, 23.28; 3. Piero Codia, Italy; 4. Kelly Aspinall, Nanoose Bay, B.C., 23.52; 8. Coleman Allen, Barrie, Ont., 24.28.

Women’s 50m butterfly – Final

1. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Bulgaria; 2. Katerine Savard, Cap-Rouge, Que., 26.05; 3. Elena Gemo, Italy, 26.28; 8. Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que., 26.85.

Men’s 100m breaststroke – Final

1. Yasuhiro Koseki, Japan, 1:00.00; 2. Mihail Alexandrov, USA, 1:00.30; 3. Edoardo Giorgetti, Italy, 1:00.36; 8. Richard Funk, Edmonton, Alta., 1:01.35.

Women’s 200m backstroke – Final

1. Madison Wilson, Australia, 2:09.22; 2. Daryna Zevina, Ukraine, 2:09.41; 3. Hayle White, Australia, 2 :09.84; 5. Genevieve Cantin, Quebec City, Que., 2:11.78.


Men’s singles – Round of 32

Isade Juneau, Repentigny, Que., loses 6-3, 6-1 to Ray Sarmiento, USA, does not advance.

Mixed doubles – Round of 32

Isade Juneau, Repentigny, Que. / Dominique Harmath, Toronto, Ont., wins 6-4, 6-2 over Vatsy Rakotondramanga / Hariniony Andriamananarivo, Madagascar, will play South Korea Friday at 5 a.m. ET (1 p.m. Kazan).

Women’s Singles – Consolation

Dominique Harmath, Toronto, Ont., wins 6-0, 6-0 over Nzingah Banks, Anguilla, will play Saturday (time TBD).

Women’s Singles – Consolation

Kristina Sanjevic, Edmonton, Alta., wins 6-2, 6-2 over Kaitlyn Christian, USA, will play France Friday 1:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. Kazan).

Women’s Singles – Consolation

Christina Rustscheff, Toronto, Ont., wins 6-0, 6-0 over Ireen Chilamwa, Malawi, will play Hong Kong Friday 2:45 a.m. (10:45 a.m. Kazan)


Canada (3-1) wins 3-1 (26-24, 25-14, 21-25, 25-17) over Czech Republic (3-1). Finishes second in Pool D and will play Ukraine (3-0) Saturday at 10 a.m. ET (6 p.m. Kazan) in quarter-finals.


Canada (1-4) loses 20-3 to Australia (2-3) in final Pool D match, will play first consolation match Saturday (TBD).


Men’s 55kg – Round of 16

Steven Takahashi, London, Ont., loses 4-0 to Fumitaka Monshita, Japan, does not advance.

Men’s 66kg – Round of 16

Brian Hutton, Calgary, Alta., loses 4-0 to Magomed Kurbanaliev, Russia, move on to repechage, loses 4-0 to Aghahuseyn Mustafayev, Azerbaijan, does not advance.

Men’s 84kg – Round of 16

Jordan Steen, Ottawa, Ont., loses 4-1 to Piotr Ianulov, Moldova, does not advance.


Women’s 75kg – Overall Final

1. Olga Zubova, Russia, 279; 2. Nadezhda Evstyukhina, Russia, 278; 3. Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau, Candiac, Que., 233.

Men’s 85kg – Overall Final

1. Apti Aukhadov, Russia, 372; Artem Okulov, Russia, 371; Gheorghii Cernei, Moldova, 360; Mathieu Marineau, St-Jérôme, Que., fails to record score.