July 14, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Canada captured three medals on Sunday at the Summer Universiade, two in swimming and one in wrestling, to up its overall tally to 15 with three days of competition remaining at the biennial event.
After 10 days of competition, Team Canada has two gold medals, five silver and eight bronze, good for 15th in the overall standings.
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Swimmer Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., claimed the country’s second gold of the 27th FISU Games when she set a Universiade record in the women’s 100-metre butterfly. Canada’s other triumph came four days ago when sprinter Kimberly Hyacinthe won the women’s 200m in athletics.
Eric Hedlin of Victoria also reached the podium at the pool on Sunday, taking bronze in the men’s 800 freestyle, while freestyle wrestler Stacie Anaka of Coquitlam, B.C., also posted a third-place finish in the women’s 67-kilogram category.
In other Canadian action on Day 10, men’s basketball reached the semifinals while women’s water polo lost in the semis and will play for bronze on Tuesday.
In swimming, Savard, blew away the competition in the 100 fly, an event in which she holds the Canadian record (57.40 seconds) and is ranked second in the world. The Cegep Ste-Foy student touched the wall in 57.63, lowering the previous Universiade mark of 57.86 set by China’s Lu Ying in 2011.
Fan Guo of China was a distant second in 58.98, edging Nao Kobayashi of Japan (58.99) by one hundredth of a second.
It was Savard’s second medal of the meet after winning silver in the 50 fly in Canadian record time (26.05) on Thursday. The 20-year-old shook off some pre-race nerves to lead from the start and finished 1.35 seconds ahead of Guo, who, like Savard, competed at the 2012 Olympics.
“With the pressure and everything, I’m happy. It was good stress.”
Savard, who will swim the 200 fly preliminaries Monday, said the week has been a good learning experience.
“I’ve learned a lot and I think I still have a lot of things to learn, like how to control the pressure. I did a good progression this year. In the last three months I did three times under 58 seconds. I’m pretty consistent, so that’s a good point for me.”
Hedlin captured bronze in the men’s 800 free with a personal best of 7:53.78. The University of Victoria student finished 3.82 seconds back of gold medallist Kohei Yamamoto of Japan and behind Sergii Frolov of Ukraine (7:51.02).
The 20-year-old was close to a medal in the 1,500 metres on Friday, finishing fourth, but overcame that frustration in the 800. Hedlin was fourth after 200 metres but climbed into third spot around 400 metres, and then fought off a late challenge from American Sean Ryan, who had won the 1,500.
“That’s a big best time for me. In the 1,500 I wanted to medal and was disappointed when I didn’t. I was happy I could come back and prove I still could swim fast at a big event like this.”
The only other Canadian to swim in a final on the night was Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., who placed sixth in the women’s 200 breaststroke (2:27.64).
On the final day of freestyle wrestling in Kazan, Anaka defeated Natalya Palamarchuk of Azarbaijan with technical points (3-1) in her bronze medal match at 67kg. Sara Dosho of Japan beat Nasanburmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia in the final.
Earlier in the day, the Simon Fraser University student, who had a bye in the round of 16, lost her quarter-final bout 6-4 to Japan’s Sara Dosho but was able to qualify for the third-place match through the repechage side of the draw when Dosho advanced to the final.
“It’s a good day,” said Anaka, who is currently seventh in the FILA world rankings. “It’s always nice to win a medal for your country and seeing the flag raised up. It would’ve been nicer if it were a gold medal. But I wrestled hard today and I felt pretty confident.”
Canada finishes the FISU Games with two bronze medals in wrestling. Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., claimed bronze at 72kg on Saturday.
Other Canadian wrestlers in action today included Elizabeth Milovitch-Sera of Winnipeg at 59kg and Diana Ford of Kentville, N.S., at 51kg. Both lost in the quarter-final round and then in a repechage bout.
In men’s basketball, Canada (6-0) advanced to the Final Four with an 88-77 victory over Brazil. The 2011 Universiade silver medallists will face host Russia (6-0) Monday in their 13th semifinal in 21 all-time appearances at the biennial tournament.
The game will be webcast live on www.fisu.tv at 4:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET).
For the fifth time in six contests in Kazan, Brady Heslip of Burlington, Ont., led the red and white in scoring with 20 points, including a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Dwight Powell of Toronto chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds.
“If they’re going to take away his shot, it opens up drives,” said head coach Jay Triano about Heslip. “Even if he gets it up and off the glass, it’s not a bad play. Our job on the glass was outstanding.”
The other men’s hoops semifinal, at 2 p.m. local (6 a.m. ET) will see defending champion Serbia face Australia.
In women’s water polo, Canada (3-2) will battle Italy (2-3) for bronze Monday at 6 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET) after a 7-6 semifinal loss to Hungary.
This will be the second appearance for Canada in the third-place game since the sport made its FISU Games debut in 2009. The Canucks were fourth four years ago in Belgrade, Serbia, and sixth in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.
In Sunday’s semifinal, a defensive breakdown in the first quarter allowed Hungary to take a 4-0 lead after 10 minutes en route to a 6-2 advantage at halftime.
Kelly McKee of Calgary, Alta., led the way on offence with two goals, while goalkeepers Jessica Gaudreault of Ottawa and Claire Wright of Lindsey, Ont., combined for 12 saves
“I think the bronze medal game against Italy will be a good, tough, hard-fought game,” said head coach Andrew Robinson, whose troops edged the Italians 11-10 in their pool play opener on July 6. “We played them the first game of the tournament and I’m sure they want to avenge that loss. They are a very experienced group.”
In men’s volleyball, Canada edged South Korea in five sets of 21-25, 25-15, 25-19, 16-25 and 15-8 to advance to the consolation final for fifth place.
The Canadians (4-2) wrap up the tournament Monday at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) against the Czech Republic (4-2), a team they beat 3-1 in group play. Regardless of tomorrow’s result, the red and white will end up in the top six for the fourth straight FISU Games, after winning silver in 2007 and finishing sixth and fourth in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
In women’s volleyball, Canada (2-3) lost its consolation final to Japan in straight sets (23-25, 21-25, 20-25).
The result matches the third-best in team history at the Universiade. The Canadians placed fourth in 1997 in Sicily and in 1983 in Edmonton, as well as sixth in 1985 in Kobe, Japan.
“It’s a challenging tournament and this is a good result,” said senior national team head coach Arnd Ludwig, who was at the helm of the students’ squad. “It started slowly, because we should have had one more preliminary game. I believe that we improved as we went along.”
In men’s soccer, the Canucks (1-2-2) suffered a 1-0 defeat to Ukraine in consolation semi-final action. They will face Malaysia (1-3-1) for seventh place Monday at 11 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET).
In rugby sevens, a sport making its Universiade debut in Kazan, the Canadian women earned a crucial 27-10 win over Japan in the afternoon after losing their tournament opener 38-7 against Russia in the morning. Canada remains in medal contention after Day 1.
On the men’s side, Canada is already out of the medals following losses to Russia, 45-0, and Poland, 24-15.
In rhythmic gymnastics, 2012 Olympian Kelsey Titmarsh of Thornhill, Ont., is ranked 25th after two apparatuses in the women’s individual all-around qualifying round, while Kelsey Andersen of Vernon, B.C., is 31st. Both athletes will complete the qualifying stage on Monday afternoon.
On the tennis court, the last three Canadians standing – all in consolation semifinals – were knocked out of the tournament on Sunday. Phil Anderson of Halifax lost 6-2, 6-3 to Johnny Wang of the United States, while Kristina Sanjevic of Edmonton and Dominique Harmath of Toronto both lost in the third set.
Finally, in shooting, Jeremy Gyoerick of Prince Albert, Sask., placed 38th with a score of 240-1x in the qualifying round of the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and did not advance to the second stage.
SUNDAY, JULY 14 RESULTS
Canada (6-0) wins 88-77 over Brazil (5-1) in quarter-final, advances to semifinal, will play Russia (6-0) Monday at 8:30 a.m. ET (4:30 Kazan).
Women’s Individual All-Around Day 1
25. Kelsey Titmarsh, Thornhill, Ont., 27.966, advances to Day 2; 31. Kelsey Anderson, Vernon, B.C., 24.833, advances to Day 2.
MEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (0-2) loses 45-0 to Russia (2-0), loses 24-15 to Poland (2-0) in Pool A, will face Ukraine (0-2) Monday at 3:28 a.m. ET (11:28 a.m. Kazan) in third Pool A match.
WOMEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (1-1) loses 38-7 to Russia (3-0), wins 27-10 over Japan (0-2) in Pool A, will face France (1-2) and Ukraine (1-1) Monday at 2:22 a.m. and 5:18 p.m. ET (10:22 a.m. and 1:18 p.m. Kazan) in third and fourth Pool A matches.
Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol – Qualification
38. Jeremy Gyoerick, Prince Albert, Sask., 240-1x, does not advance.
Canada (1-2-2) loses 1-0 to Ukraine (2-2-1) in consolation semifinal, will face Malaysia (1-2-1) for seventh place Monday at 3 a.m. ET (11 a.m. Kazan)
Men’s 800m, Freestyle – Final
1. Kohei Yamamto, Japan, 7:49.96; 2. Sergii Frolov, Ukraine, 7:51.02; 3. Eric Hedlin, Victoria, B.C., 7:53.78.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Final
1. Iulia Efimova, Russia, 2:24.10; 2. Laura Sogar, USA, 2:25.33; 3. Mio Motegi, Japan, 2:25.73;
6. Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont., 2:27.64.
Women’s 100m Butterfly – Final
1. Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que., 57.63 (Universiade Record); 2. Fan Guo, China, 58.98; 3. Nao Kobayashi, Japan, 58.99.
Men’s 200m Backstroke – Heat 3
1. Gleb Suvorov, Toronto, Ont., 2:02.58, advances to semifinal.
Men’s 200m Backstroke – Heat 6
4. Russell Wood, Calgary, Alta., 2:02.02, advances to semifinal.
Men’s 200m Backstroke – Semifinal 1
5. Russell Wood, Calgary, Alta., 2:02.11, does not advance; 6. Gleb Suvorov, Toronto, Ont., 2:02.73, does not advance.
Women’s 200m Freestyle – Heat 3
1. Brittany MacLean, Toronto, Ont., 2:00.69, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 200m Freestyle – Heat 4
3. Lindsay Delmar, Calgary, Alta., 2:02.00, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 200m Freestyle – Semifinal 1
1. Brittany MacLean, Toronto, Ont., 1:59.68, advances to final; 6. Lindsay Delmar, Calgary, Alta., 2:00.92, does not advance.
Men’s 100m Butterfly – Heat 5
2. Edward Liu, Toronto, Ont., 54.28, does not advance.
Men’s 100m Butterfly – Heat 7
1. Coleman Allen, Calgary, Alta., 52.76, advances to semifinals.
Men’s 100m Butterfly – Semifinal
7. Coleman Allen, Calgary, Alta., 53.25, does not advance.
Women’s 50m Backstroke – Heat 4
5. Gabrielle Soucisse, Montreal, Que., 29.62, does not advance.
Women’s 50m Backstroke – Heat 5
5. Brooklynn Snodgrass, Calgary, Alta., 29.66, does not advance.
Men’s 50m Breaststroke – Heat 6
6. Jason Block, Calgary, Alta., 28.39, advances to semifinal.
Men’s 50m Breaststroke – Heat 7
5. Richard Funk, Edmonton, Alta., 28.48, does not advance.
Men’s 50m Breaststroke – Semifinal 1
6. Jason Block, Calgary, Alta., 28.24, does not advance.
Women’s 800m Freestyle – Heat 1
2. Savannah King, Vancouver, B.C., 8:40.78, advances to final; 4. Heather Maitland, Toronto, Ont., 8:57.67, does not advance.
Women’s Singles – Consolation
Kristina Sanjevic, Edmonton, Alta., loses 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6) to Megumi Nishimoto, Japan, in consolation semifinal, does not advance.
Women’s Singles – Consolation
Dominique Harmath, Toronto, Ont., loses 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (5) to Yuki Tanaka, Japan, in consolation semifinal, does not advance.
Men’s Singles – Consolation
Phil Anderson, Halifax, N.S., loses 6-2, 6-3 over Johnny Wang, USA, in consolation semifinal, does not advance.
Canada (4-2) wins 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 25-19, 16-25, 15-8) over South Korea (4-3) in consolation semifinal match, will play Czech Republic (4-2) for fifth place Monday at 7 a.m. ET (3 p.m. Kazan).
Canada (2-3) loses 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) to Japan in consolation final, finishes sixth.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (3-2) loses 7-5 to Hungary (4-0-1) in semifinals, will play Italy (2-3) for bronze medal Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET (6 p.m. Kazan)
Women’s 59kg – Round of 16
Elizabeth Milovitch-Sera, Winnipeg, Man., defeats 5-0 Josimara Julho, Brazil, advances to quarter-final.
Women’s 59kg – Quarter-final
Elizabeth Milovitch-Sera, Winnipeg, Man., loses 4-0 to Allison Ragan, USA, advances to repechage.
Women’s 59kg – Repechage Semifinal
Elizabeth Milovitch-Sera, Winnipeg, Man., loses 5-0 to Ayaka Ito, Japan, does not advance.
Women’s 51kg – Quarter-finals
Diana Ford, Kentville, N.S., loses 5-0 to Hikari Sugawara, Japan, advances to repechage.
Women’s 51kg – Repechage
Diana Ford, Kentville, N.S., loses 4-0 to Anzhela Dorogan, Azerbaijan, does not advance.
Women’s 67-kg – Quarter-finals
Stacie Anaka, Coquitlam, B.C., loses 3-1 to Sara Dosho, Japan, advances to bronze medal through repechage.
Women’s 67kg – Bronze Medal
Stacie Anaka, Coquitlam, B.C., wins 3-1 over Natalya Palamarchuk, Azerbijian.