July 16, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Canada was kept off the podium for the first time in seven days at the 27th Summer Universiade, on Monday. After 11 days of competition, Team Canada still has 15 medals (2-5-8), good for 15th place in the overall standings.
The day also saw the end of Canada’s gold-medal hopes in men’s basketball. The red and white (6-1) suffered a 78-68 semifinal loss to host Russia (7-0) and will now play for bronze against Serbia (6-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).
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The game will be a rematch of the 2011 final, which the Serbs won 68-55. Russia will face Australia for gold.
In its 21st appearance at the biennial tournament, Canada is looking for its 10th podium finish. To date, the Canucks have amassed one gold (1983), four silver and four bronze.
The semifinal game was won in the opening half when Canada struggled with turnovers and poor shooting. Canada shot just 4-19 from the floor in the first quarter and also committed nine turnovers.
“We gave them too many looks and let them get into a rhythm because we turned the ball over so much. Twenty-three turnovers it too many to give a team like that,” said head coach Jay Triano.
“They are a team that knows how to play aggressive basketball. [Russia] has great hands and they knocked the ball loose. I thought we were sloppy with our passes and sloppy holding onto the ball after we rebounded it.”
Trailing 64-38 late in the third frame, Canada mounted a run in the fourth which had the crowd at Kazan’s Baskethall suddenly anxious in the final minutes. Melvin Ejim of Brampton, Ont. (Iowa State) and Daniel Mullings of Toronto (New Mexico State) worked together to force a pair of turnovers for scores which brought the deficit to 12.
Mullings, Ejim and Brady Heslip of Burlington, Ont. (Baylor) tied for the Canadian team lead with 12 points apiece.
“As a group we talked about not playing the outcome, we talked about playing every possession,” said Triano. “That’s how you become a good basketball team and that’s why we’re here.”
At the pool, Canadians competed in three swimming finals but couldn’t add to the country’s medal tally.
In the women’s 800-metre freestyle, Savannah King of Vernon, B.C., started strong but faded in the second half of the race to finish eighth in 8:43.15.
It was a different story in the women’s 200 free, as Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., mounted a late comeback and barely missed the podium, touching the wall in 1:58.53, just .33 behind bronze medallist Caitlin McClatchey of Great Britain.
In the men’s 4×200 free relay, Frank Despond of Milgrove, Ont., Alec Page of Cortes Island, B.C., Russell Wood of Calgary and Coleman Allen of Barrie, Ont., placed seventh in 7:23.55.
Four Canadian teams wrapped up their tournament on Monday.
In men’s volleyball, Canada (5-2) finished fifth thanks to a 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-17) victory over the Czech Republic in the consolation final.
It marks the fourth straight top six for the Canadian men at the FISU Games, after claiming a silver medal in 2007, finishing sixth in 2009 and barely missing the podium in 2011, taking fourth place.
“We came in expecting to medal and we had a pretty good go at it,” said left side Steven Marshall of Abbotsford, B.C., who paced the winners with 14 kills and nine digs. “We played some really tough teams and it was really good competition. We had a pretty disappoint quarter-final against Ukraine but I think we bounced back well together as a team and our last two games together were really fun.”
In women’s basketball, Canada (1-5) lost 60-55 to Hungary to finish eighth, a drop of two positions from two years ago in Shenzhen, China. Dalyce Emmerson of Prince Albert, Sask., led the way in the tourney finale with 16 points.
In women’s soccer, Canada’s (3-3-0) competition ended with a 2-1 loss to Russia, which dropped the red and white to 10th in the standings. Jackie Tessier of Winnipeg scored the Canucks’ lone goal.
Canada (3-5) also placed 10th in men’s water polo following a 15-12 win over Belgium (0-8). Nikola Mitrovic of Gatineau, Que., led the winners with four goals.
On the second day of rugby sevens competition, the Canadian women went 1-1 to secure a spot in the quarter-finals, while the men, who had already been bumped of medal contention on Monday after an 0-2 start, picked up their first two wins of the tournament.
The women (2-2) opened day 2 with a 29-21 win over France before falling 38-7 to Ukraine. They face China Tuesday at 10:44 a.m. local time (2:44 a.m. ET) in the quarters.
The men (2-2) topped Ukraine 46-12 in their last pool game and followed up with a 17-14 defeat of Romania in their first consolation match. They will battle Latvia (2-2) at 3:50 p.m. (7:50 a.m. ET) Tuesday in a consolation semi-final.
In rhythmic gymnastics, Kelsey Titmarsh of Thornhill, Ont., and Kelsey Anderson of Vernon, B.C., placed 29th and 31st, respectively, in the individual all-around final, and did not qualify for the individual events.
Finally, in shooting, Jeremy Gyoerick of Prince Albert, Sask., finished 24th in the qualification round of the 25-metre rapid fire pistol and failed to advance to the second phase.
MONDAY, JULY 15 RESULTS
Canada (6-1) loses 78-68 to Russia (7-0) in the semifinal, will play for bronze against Serbia (6-1) Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET (7 p.m. Kazan).
Canada (1-5) loses 60-55 to Hungary (3-3) in consolation placement game, finishes eighth.
Women’s Individual All-Around Final
1. Margarita Mamun, Russia, 73.466; 2. Alexandra Merkulova, Russia, 72.066; 3. Ganna Rizatdinova, Ukraine, 70.650; 29. Kelsey Titmarsh, Thornhill, Ont., 52.165, does not advance to individual events; 31. Kelsey Anderson, Vernon, B.C., 47.549, does not advance to individual events.
MEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (2-2) wins 46-12 over Ukraine (0-3), wins 17-14 over Romania (2-2) in consolation quarter-final, will face Latvia (2-2) in consolation semifinal Tuesday at 7:50 a.m. ET (3:50 p.m. Kazan).
WOMEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (2-2) wins 29-21 over France (1-3), loses 38-7 to Ukraine (3-1) in Pool A, will face China (2-2) Tuesday at 2:44 a.m. ET (10:44 a.m. Kazan) in quarterfinal match.
Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol – Qualification
24. Jeremy Gyoerick, Prince Albert, Sask., 500-4x, does not advance.
Canada (3-3-0) loses 2-1 to Russia (4-2-0) in final consolation game, finishes 10th.
Women’s 800m Freestyle – Final
1.Martina de Memme, Italy, 8:28.09; 2. Stephanie Peacock, USA, 8:28.21; 3. Ashley Steenvoorden, USA, 8:29.79; 8. Savannah King, Vernon, B.C., 8:43.15.
Women’s 200m Freestyle – Final
1.Viktoriiya Andreeva, Russia, 1:57.31; 2. Veronika Popova, Russia, 1:57.40; 3. Caitlin McClatchey, Great Britain, 1:58.20; 4. Brittany MacLean, Etobicoke, Ont., 1:58.53.
Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Heat 1
4. Canada (Frank Despond, Milgrove, Ont., Alec Page, Cortes Island, B.C., Russell Wood, Calgary, Alta., Coleman Allen, Barrie, Ont.), 7:25.59, advances to final.
Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Final
1.Russia, 7:05.49; 2. USA, 7:13.58; 3. Australia, 7:15.50; 7. Canada (Frank Despond, Milgrove, Ont., Alec Page, Cortes Island, B.C., Russell Wood, Calgary, Alta., Coleman Allen, Barrie, Ont.), 7:23.55.
Women’s 50m Breaststroke – Heat 4
2. Tianna Rissling, Redcliff, Alta., 31.84, advances to semifinal; 5. Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont., 32.49, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 50m Breaststroke – Semifinal 2
3. Tianna Rissling, Redcliff, Alta., 31.47, advances to final; 6. Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont., 32.00, does not advance.
Men’s 50m Freestyle – Heat 8
4. Kelly Aspinall, Nanoose Bay, B.C., 23.08, does not advance; 5. Chris Manning, Brantford, Ont., 23.10, does not advance.
Women’s 200m Butterfly – Heat 2
3. Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., 2:15.66, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 200m Butterfly – Heat 3
1.Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que., 2:11.38, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 200m Butterfly – Semifinal 2
3. Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que., 2:12.29, advances to final; 4. Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., 2:14.67, advances to final.
Women’s 50m Freestyle – Heat 6
4. Caroline Lapierre-Lemire, Rouyn-Noranda, Que., 25.74, advances to semifinal; 5. Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que., 25.87, advances to semifinal.
Women’s 50m Freestyle – Semifinal 1
2. Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que., 25.32, advances to final.
Women’s 50m Freestyle – Semifinal 2
6. Caroline Lapierre-Lemire, Rouyn-Noranda, Que., 25.55, does not advance.
Canada (5-2) wins 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-17) over Czech Republic (4-3) in consolation final match, finishes fifth.
MEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (3-5) wins 15-12 over Belgium (0-8) in the final consolation game, finishes 10th.