July 12, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (CIS) – Canada captured two more medals at the track on Friday as the athletics competition came to an end at the 27th Summer Universiade. Eight days into the FISU Games, the country’s podium tally stands at 10 across all sports, including one gold, five silver and three bronze.
Other Canadian highlights from Kazan on Friday included women’s water polo qualifying for the semifinals, men’s basketball advancing to the quarter-finals thanks to a big win over the United States, as well as solid performances in beach volleyball and swimming.
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Unfortunately for Team Canada, three team sports were ousted from medal contention on the day following quarter-final losses, including men’s soccer, women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
In athletics, Canada claimed silver in both the women’s and men’s 4×400-metre relays in front of a sold-out crowd of 30,000 at Central Stadium.
Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont., Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont., Helen Crofts of Vancouver and Alicia Brown of Ottawa crossed the finish line in 3:32.93, sandwiched between the host Russians (3:26.01) and South Africa (3:36.05).
“To us it feels like we won,” said Wells, who was a semi-finalist in 400-metre hurdles at the London Olympics. “We knew Russia was going to be stacked, so we’re really happy. It’s a great way to close the competition.”
“As the fourth runner [the gap] is a little terrifying because you don’t want to be the one to lose the lead you have going,” said Brown.
The podium was identical on the men’s side, with Benjamin Ayesu-Attah from Coquitlam, B.C., Mike Robertson of Ottawa, Brendon Rodney of Toronto and Daniel Harper of Brampton, Ont., completing the race in 3:05.26, behind Russia (3:03.70) and ahead of South Africa (3:06.19).
“We watched the heats yesterday and we knew that Ben was going to give us a great opportunity and position to go after them,” explained Robertson, who also competed at the 2011 Universiade in China. “Their guy out of the first leg was world class. We gave ourselves a chance but we banged into them the last exchange and that made the gap a little too much.”
“We ran a good time and I hope that we can continue it at Worlds,” said Harper. “I love my team and I feel proud to represent Canada.”
For Roberston and Rodney, the medal came after bitter disappointment in the 4×100 metre event earlier on the night. A disastrous final exchange disqualified the foursome that also included Oluwasegun Makinde of Ottawa and Sam Effah of Calgary from the final.
Four other Canadians were in finals on the last night of athletics, including Anthony Romaniw of Guelph, Ont., who finished seventh in the 800m (1:49.04); Taylor Stewart of London, Ont., who posted a personal best of 7.80 metres to place sixth in the long jump; as well as Lucas Bruchet of White Rock, B.C. (14:08.59) and Andrew Nixon of Guelph (14:32.83), who ended up ninth and 12th in the 5000m.
In women’s water polo, the Canadians beat France 9-8 to advance to the Universiade Final Four for the second time in history. They will face Hungary in Sunday’s semifinals at 8 p.m. local time (noon ET).
Since the sport was added to the FISU Games program in 2009, the red and white took fourth place in the inaugural tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, and finished sixth in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.
Against the French, Canada led 3-1 after the first quarter, 6-4 at halftime and 8-5 after three periods. Up 9-5 with six minutes to go, the Canadians saw their rivals score three times late in the contest but managed to hold on.
Rae Lekness of Calgary and Shae Fournier of Winnipeg both registered a hat trick for the winners.
“We followed the game plan from start to finish and Jessica [Gaudreault] made a key save to preserve the lead for us,” said head coach Andrew Robinson. “We got off to a great start. You could feel in the warm-up that the girls were fired up. Our next game will be quite a challenge but we’re getting better every day.”
In men’s hoops, the Canucks defeated the United States 94-85 on Friday afternoon to qualify for the quarter-finals of the biennial tournament for the 19th time in 21 all-time appearances.
With the win, Canada finished first in Pool C with a perfect 5-0 record. Australia (4-1) took second place and also advances to the quarters, while Team USA (3-2) is relegated to the consolation side of the draw.
The Canadians will now face Brazil Sunday at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET), needing three more wins to capture the second FISU title in program history, 30 years after a memorable triumph in Edmonton. Over the years, the country has won nine Universiade medals in men’s hoops, including silver two years ago in Shenzhen, China.
Brady Heslip of Bulrington, Ont., paced a balanced Canadian offence with 20 points, including 12 from beyond the arc. The Baylor University guard was leading the red and white in scoring for the fourth time in five games.
Ten Canadian players saw between 17 and 21 minutes of action, with seven of them scoring at least eight points.
“When you put us all in the line-up together there are a lot of mismatches, it’s really fun to play with those guys,” said Melvin Ejim of Brampton, Ont., who tied for a team-high seven rebounds and had a memorable two-handed breakaway dunk. “It’s been a great opportunity to play with them and bring that spark to the games.”
In beach volleyball, all three Canadian entries topped finishes from 2011 in Shenzhen, China, when the sport made its FISU Games debut. Two years ago, the highest Canadian finish was 13th.
Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto and Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg placed fourth following a 2-0 (21-11, 21-14) loss to Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude of Germany. In their semifinal earlier in the day, the Canadian duo had lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Khomiakova and Evgeniya Ukolova, also in two sets (21-18, 21-19).
The Russian pair was ninth at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Also on the women’s side, Rachel Cockrell of Winnipeg and Charlotte Sider of Toronto finished 13th with a 3-3 record, losing to the Czech Republic their final match Wednesday.
In the men’s tournament, Grant O’Gorman of Toronto and Samuel Pedlow of Barrie, Ont., ended up in seventh position with an overall mark of 4-5 after a loss to the United States Friday morning.
In swimming, three Canadians finished an agonizing fourth in finals.
Eric Hedlin of Victoria finished the men’s 1500m freestyle in 15:11.33 seconds. Tera Van Beilen of Oakville was second after the first 50 metres of the women’s 100-breaststroke but faded to finish .22 back of third-place finisher Laura Sogar of the U.S., in 1:08.03. Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., touched the wall in 54.87 in the women’s 100 free.
In men’s soccer, Canada dropped a 4-1 quarter-final decision to host Russia in front of a boisterous crowd of over 6,000 at Rubin Stadium. The Canucks get back on the field Sunday at 8 p.m. local time (noon ET) against Ukraine in a consolation semifinal. They can still hope to finish as high as fifth.
“To play in that kind of atmosphere was an amazing experience. We’ll remember this night our entire lives,” said team captain Robbie Murphy of Ottawa, who scored his team’s lone goal on a penalty in the 46th minute. “We were a little nervous early on but we transformed that in positive energy. We were playing a great team, very skilled and fast. We were right there with them for 90 minutes and we can hold our heads up high.”
In the women’s basketball quarters, Canada fell out of medal contention following a 72-58 loss to Australia, Friday evening. Despite the loss, the red and white still has a chance to top its sixth-place finish from the 2011 FISU Games in Shenzhen, China. The team will be back on the court Saturday at 1 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) against Sweden.
The Canadian women put on a valiant effort but in the end were overmatched against a country that has medalled at each of the last four Universiades, including the FISU title in 2007 and three bronze.
In women’s volleyball, Canada’s first quarter-final appearance in 12 years ended in a straight-set loss to Thailand (25-17, 25-16, 26-24).
The Canadians now hope to finish in fifth place and begin their consolation run Saturday at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) against Taiwan. Regardless of the outcome the rest of the way, it will be the country’s best result in the sport at the FISU Games since an eighth-place finish in 2001 in Beijing.
In tennis, no Canadians remain in the main draw after Isade Juneau of Repentigny, Que., and Dominique Harmath of Toronto lost 3-6, 6-3,7-6 (11-9) in the round of 16 of the mixed doubles tournament.
In fencing, Canada lost 45-20 to Italy in the round of 16 of the men’s foil team competition.
In wrestling, Shawn Daye-Finley of Halifax and Michael Asselstine of Edmonton lost their opening bout – round of 16 – at 74kg and 60kg, respectively.
On the last day of weightlifting, Richard Gonsalves of Mississauga, Ont., placed 11th at 96kg.
On the first day of shooting, Christine King of Prince Albert, Sask., and Kelsey Bjorkman of Fenton, Sask., couldn’t advance past the qualification in the 10m air rifle.
FRIDAY, JULY 12 RESULTS
Women’s 4X400m Relay – Final
1. Russia, 3:26.01; 2. Canada (Noelle Montcalm, Windsor, Ont.; Sarah Wells, Unionville, Ont.; Helen Crofts, West Vancouver, B.C.; Alicia Brown, Ottawa, Ont.), 3:32.93; 3. South Africa, 3:36.05.
Men’s 4X400m Relay – Final
1. Russian, 3:03.70; 2. Canada (Michael Robertson, Williamstown, Ont.; Ben Ayesu-Attah, Coquitlam, B.C.; Brendon Rodney, Brampton, Ont.; Daniel Harper, Brampton, Ont.) 3. South Africa, 3:06.19.
Men’s 800m – Final
1. Nijel Amos, Botswana; 1:46.53; 2. Jozef Repcik, Slovakia, 1:47.30; 3. Andreas Vojta, Austria, 1:47.31; 7. Anthony Romaniw, Guelph, Ont., 1:49.04.
Men’s long jump – Final
1. Luis Rivera, Mexico, 8.46; 2. Alexander Menkov, Russia, 8.42; Marcos Chuva, Portugal, 8.15; 6. Taylor Stewart, London, Ont., 7.80.
Men’s 5000m – Final
1. Hayle Ibrahimov, Azerbaijan, 13:35.89; 2. Paul Chelimo, Kenya, 13:37.09; 3. Richard Ringer, Germany, 13:37.18; 9. Lucas Bruchet, White Rock, B.C., 14:08.59; 12. Andrew Nixon, Guelph, Ont., 14:32.83.
Men’s 4X100m Relay – Final
1. Ukraine, 38.56; 2. Japan, 39.12; 3. Poland, 39.29; QSQ Canada (Michael Robertson, Williamstown, Ont.; Oluwasegun Makinde, Ottawa, Ont.; Brendon Rodney, Brampton, Ont.; Sam Effah, Calgary, Alta.).
Canada (5-0) wins 94-85 over USA (3-2) in final Pool C match, advances to quarter-finals, will face Brazil (4-1) Sunday at 10 a.m. ET (6 p.m. Kazan).
Canada (1-3) loses 72-58 to Australia in quarter-finals, moves to consolation, will face Sweden (2-2) on Saturday 5 a.m. (1 p.m., Kazan)
MEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Playoffs Round 2
Canada (Grant O’Gorman, Toronto, Ont. / Samuel Pedlow, Barrie, Ont.) wins 2-0 over Germany 1, loses 2-0 to USA, does not advance.
WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Canada 1 (Melissa Humana-Paredes, Toronto, Ont. / Taylor Pischke, Winnipeg, Man.) loses 2-0 to Russia, moves to bronze medal match against Germany 1.
Canada 1 (Melissa Humana-Paredes, Toronto, Ont. / Taylor Pischke, Winnipeg, Man.) loses 2-0 to Germany 1.
Team Event – Men’s Foil
Canada loses 45-20 to Italy in round of 16.
Women’s 10m Air Rifle – Qualification
27. Christine King, Prince Albert, Sask., 372-11x, does not advance; 57. Kelsey Bjorkman, Fenton, Sask., 352-1x, does not advance.
Canada (1-1-2) loses 4-1 to Russia (3-0-1) in quarter-finals, moves to consolation draw, will face Ukraine (1-2-1) Sunday at noon ET (8 p.m. Kazan).
Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Final
1. Sean Ryan, USA, 14:57.33; 2. Kohei Yamamoto, Japan, 15:00.15; 3. Sergii Frolov, Ukraine, 15:02.63; 4. Eric Hedlin, Victoria, B.C., 15:11.33.
Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Final
1. Iulia Efimova, Russia, 1:05.48; 2. Fiona Doyle, Ireland, 1:07.66; 3. Laura Sogar, USA, 1:07.78; 4. Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont., 1:08.03.
Women’s 100m Freestyle – Final
1. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Bulgaria, 53.50; 2. Veronika Popova, Russia, 54.12; Megan Romano, USA, 54.45; 4. Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que., 54.87.
Men’s 200m Butterfly – Heat 3
1. David Sharpe, Halifax, N.S., 1:59.67, advances to semifinal.
Men’s 200m Butterfly – Heat 4
4. Zack Chetrat, Oakville, Ont., 2:00.45, advances to semifinal.
Men’s 200m Butterfly – Semifinal 1
3. Zack Chetrat, Oakville, Ont., 1:59.44, advances to final.
Men’s 200m Butterfly – Semifinal 2
6. David Sharpe, Halifax, N.S., 1:59.99, does not advance.
Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Heat 3
5. Paige Schultz, Toronto, Ont., 2:17.52, advances to semifinal; 6. Kathleen Caldwell, White Rock, B.C., 2:19. 84, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Semifinal 2
5. Paige Schultz, Toronto, Ont., 2:15.54, advances to final; 8. Kathleen Caldwell, White Rock, B.C., 2:21.09, does not advance.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Heat 5
6. Jason Block, Calgary, Alta., 2:17.44, does not advance.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Heat 6
4. Richard Funk, Edmonton Alta., 2:16.01, advances to semifinal.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Semifinal 2
7. Richard Funk, Edmonton Alta., 2:14.99, does not advance.
Women’s 100m Backstroke – Heat 3
2. Brooklyn Snodgrass, Calgary, Alta., 1:02.03, advances to semifinal; 5. Gabrielle Soucisse, Montreal, Que., 1:03.03, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 100m Backstroke – Semifinal 1
8. Gabrielle Soucisse, Montreal, Que., 1:02.32, does not advance.
Women’s 100 Backstroke – Semifinal 2
8. Brooklyn Snodgrass, Calgary, Alta., 1:02.40, does not advance.
Men’s 50m Backstroke – Heat 5
2. Kelly Aspinall, Nanoose Bay, B.C., 26.00, does not advance.
Men’s 50m Backstroke, – Heat 7
6. Russell Wood, Calgary, Alta., 26.18, does not advance.
Mixed doubles – Round of 16
Isade Juneau, Repentigny, Que. / Dominique Harmath, Toronto, Ont., lose 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) to Jisung Nam / Mina Hwa Yu, South Korea, do not advance.
Women’s Singles – Consolation
Kristina Sanjevic, Edmonton, Alta., wins 6-4, 6-1 over Elsa Pellegrinelli, France, will play Susan Yates, USA, Saturday at 3 a.m. ET (11:30 a.m. Kazan).
Women’s Singles – Consolation
Christina Rustscheff, Toronto, Ont., wins 6-4, 6-4 over Yan Tung Ki, Hong Kong, will play Sunday, TBD.
Men’s Singles – Consolation
Phil Anderson, Halifax, N.S., wins 6-1, 6-2 over Cristhian Herrera, Colombia, will play Jacobus Serdyn, Namibia, Saturday at 1:45 a.m. ET (9:45 a.m. Kazan)
Canada (1-2) loses 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 26-24) to Thailand (4-0) in quarter-finals, moves to consolation, will play Taiwan (2-2) Saturday at 7 a.m. ET (3 p.m. Kazan).
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (3-1) wins 9-8 over France (1-2-1) in quarter-finals, moves to semifinals, will play Hungary (3-0-1) noon ET (8 p.m. Kazan)
Men’s 74kg – Round of 16
Shawn Daye-Finley, Halifax, N.S., loses 5-0 to Somirsho Vokhidov, Tijikistan, does not advance.
Men’s 60kg – Round of 16
Michael Asselstine, Edmonton, Alta., loses 4-0 to Vasyl Shuptar, Urkaine, does not advance.
Men’s 96kg – Overall Final
1. Alexandr Ivanov, Russia, 395; 2. Alexandr Zaichikov, Kazakhstan, 375; 3. Kendrick Farris, USA, 372; 11. Richard Gonsalves, Mississauga, Ont., 294.