July 17, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – It was a festival of fourth-place finishes for Canada on the penultimate day of competition at the 27th Summer Universiade, on Tuesday.
Canada was kept off the podium for the second straight day at the FISU Games. The red and white’s tally still stands at 15 medals (2-5-8), good for a tie for 17th in the overall standings.
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Canadians finished just outside the podium in no less than six events on Tuesday, including men’s basketball and women’s water polo, as well as four swimming finals.
In men’s hoops, after dropping a 78-68 decision to host Russia in Monday’s semifinals, the Canucks couldn’t recover in the bronze-medal match and lost 87-74 against Serbia. The game was a rematch of the 2011 final also won by the Serbians, 68-55.
Serbia jumped to a 24-16 lead after the first quarter and was ahead by 10 at halftime, 47-37. Canada responded with a 26-14 domination in the third to lead by two after 30 minutes but collapsed in the fourth stanza.
The Serbians, who came into the tournament as defending two-time champions, were sent to the free throw line 37 times and converted 26 of their opportunities, compared to 9-of-14 for Canada.
Dwight Powell of Toronto, with 12 points, Thomas Scrubb of Richmond, B.C., with 11, and Daniel Mullings of Toronto, with 10, scored in double figures for Canada, which ends the competition with a 6-2 overall record.
“We were in a heck of a ball game with five minutes to go,” said head coach Jay Triano, describing the frenetic pace of the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when Canada pushed ahead by four points only to see the game tied up again moments later.
“We had wide-open threes and we had drives to the basket where either they made good plays or the whistle didn’t blow,” explained Triano. “We have to do a better job of keeping guys in front of us and do a better job of finishing plays strong and getting to the free throw line.”
In women’s water polo, Canada had to settle for fourth place for the second time in three tournaments since the sport was added to the Universiade program in 2009 following a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Italy.
The Canadian women had finished fourth in the inaugural FISU Games tourney four years ago in Belgrade, Serbia, and sixth in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.
In a low scoring affair that saw both sides play exceptional defence, the teams were separated by two goals for only 41 seconds, when Gloria Giachi scored what would prove to be the game-winner with 2:02 left in regulation to put the Italians up 6-4.
Shae Fournier of Winnipeg was again exceptional despite the loss with three goals, upping her tournament total to a team-leading 16 in six contests.
“Our goal coming into the tournament was to win a medal,” said head coach Andrew Robinson, whose troops end the competition with a 3-3 overall record. “Obviously, it’s always disappointing when you come this close. However, we brought a young team here and playing two games for a medal, in the semis against Hungary and tonight, that’s invaluable experience for this group.”
In swimming, Canada was in seven finals on the last night at the pool but just couldn’t reach the podium. The swim meet concludes on Wednesday with the women’s and men’s 10-kilometre open water races.
Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., in the women’s 400-metre freestyle (4:08.95), Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., in the women’s 200 butterfly (2:11.02) and Alec Page of Cortes Island, B.C. in the men’s 400 medley (4:18.56) all finished fourth in individual events.
Suffering the same fate was the women’s 4×100 medley relay of Savard, Brooklyn Snodgrass of Calgary, Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., and Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que. (4:03.44).
Other Canadians in finals included Savannah King of Vernon, B.C., who placed fifth in the women’s 400 free (4:10.48); Tianna Rissling of Redcliff, Alta., sixth in the women’s 50 breaststroke (31.56); Mainville, eighth in the women’s 50 free (25.46); Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., eighth in the women’s 200 fly (2:17.00); and the relay team of Russell Wood of Calgary, Richard Funk of Edmonton, Coleman Allen of Barrie, Ont., and Dominique Massie-Martel of Ottawa, sixth in the men’s 4×100 medley (3:39.28).
“Fourth is bittersweet,” said Page. “It just means we’re not that far away from a medal and not that far from the top of the podium.”
“It was a hard night,” added Savard. “I’m not used to racing that much. I think I have to learn and train more. I will work on that.”
In rugby sevens, a sport making its Universiade debut in Kazan, the Canadian women started the day on the right foot with a 33-7 quarter-final win over China but lost 31-5 to host Russia in the afternoon semifinals.
Canada held its own early on against the Russians and trailed only 12-5 going into the break, but was outscored 19-0 in the second half.
The red and white (3-2) will face Great Britain (5-1) in bronze medal match Wednesday at 3:40 a.m. ET (11:40 a.m. Kazan).
On the men’s side, the Canucks (3-2) blanked Latvia 19-0 in a consolation semifinal and will get a chance to finish ninth when they battle Georgia (3-2) Wednesday at 2:25 a.m. ET (10:25 a.m. Kazan).
In men’s soccer, Canada (2-2-2) defeated Malaysia 3-1 to finish the 15-team FISU tournament in seventh position. It marks the second best result in history for the Canadian men, trailing only a fourth-place finish in 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Marco Visintin of Vancouver (40th minute), Matt Medoruma of Lethbridge, Alta. (49th) and Mario Kovacevic of Woodbridge, Ont. (83th) scored in the win.
Finally, in shooting, Jeremy Gyoerick of Prince Albert, Sask., finished 29th in the qualification round of the 50-metre rapid fire pistol and failed to advance to the second phase. In women’s competition, Christine King, also of Prince Albert, placed 41st in 25-metre precision shooting and 43rd in rapid fire, while Kelsey Bjorkman of Fenton, Sask., finished 44th and 35th in the same events. Neither advanced to the semifinals.
TUESDAY, JULY 16 RESULTS
Canada (6-2) loses 87-74 to Serbia (7-1) in bronze medal match, finishes fourth.
MEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (3-2) wins 19-0 over Latvia (2-3) in consolation semifinal, will face Georgia (3-2) in consolation final for ninth place Wednesday at 2:25 a.m. ET (10:25 a.m. Kazan).
WOMEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (3-3) wins 33-7 over China (2-3) in quarter-final, loses 31-5 to Russia (6-0) in semifinal, will face Great Britain (5-1) in bronze medal match Wednesday at 3:40 a.m. ET (11:40 a.m. Kazan).
Women’s 25m Pistol – Qualification Precision
41. Christine King, Prince Albert, Sask., 266-2x, does not advance; 44. Kelsey Bjorkman, Fenton, Sask., 257-2x, does not advance.
Women’s 25m Pistol – Qualification Rapid
35. Kelsey Bjorkman, Fenton, Sask., 267-6x, does not advance; 43. Christine King, Prince Albert, Sask., 249-3x, does not advance.
Men’s 50m Pistol – Qualification
29. Jeremy Gyoerick, Prince Albert, Sask., 502-5x, does not advance.
Canada (2-2-2) wins 3-1 over Malaysia (1-3-1) in final consolation game, finishes seventh.
Women’s 400m Freestyle – Heat 3
2. Brittany MacLean, Etobicoke, Ont., 4:13.22, advances to final; 3. Savannah King, Vernon, B.C., 4:13.73, advances to final.
Men’s 400m IM – Heat 4
2. Alec Page, Cortes Island, B.C., 4:20.85, advances to final.
Men’s 400m IM – Heat 5
6. Steven Bielby, Pointe-Claire, Que., 4:27.08, does not advance.
Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Heat 1
1.Canada (Brooklyn Snodgrass, Calgary, Alta.; Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont.; Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que.; Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que.), 4:07.23, advances to final.
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Heat 2
2. Canada (Dominique Massie-Martel, Ottawa, Ont.; Coleman Allen, Barrie, Ont.; Richard Funk, Edmonton, Alta.; Russell Wood, Calgary, Alta.), 3:39.94, advances to final.
Women’s 400m Freestyle – Final
1.Martina de Memme, Italy, 4:07.69; 2. Elena Sokolova, Russia, 4:08.51; 3. Caitlin McClatchey, Great Britain, 4:08.77; 4. Brittany MacLean, Etobicoke, Ont., 4:08.95; 5. Savannah King, Vernon, B.C., 4:10.48.
Men’s 400m IM – Final
1.Michael Weiss, USA, 4:12.00; 2. Takeharu Fujimori, Japan, 4:13.43; 3. Lewis James Selkirk Smith, Great Britain, 4:16.86; 4. Alec Page, Cortes Island, B.C., 4:18.56.
Women’s 50m Freestyle – Final
1.Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Belarus, 24.48; 2. Anna Santamans, France, 24.81; 3. Megan Romano, USA, 24.98; 8. Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que., 25.46.
Women’s 50m Breaststroke – Final
1.Iulia Efimova, Russia, 30.12; 2. Petra Chocova, Czech Republic, 30.996; 3. Valentina Artemeva, Russia, 31.39; 6. Tianna Rissling, Redcliff, Alta., 31.56.
Women’s 200m Butterfly – Final
1.Kona Fujita, Japan, 2:09.66; 2. Nao Kobayashi, Japan, 2:10.65; 3. Yana Martynova, Russia, 2:10.72; 4. Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que., 2:11.02; 8. Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., 2:17.00.
Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Final
1.Russia, 3:58.04; 2. Italy, 4:02.61; 3. USA, 4:02.71; 4. Canada (Brooklyn Snodgrass, Calgary, Alta.; Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont.; Katerine Savard, Pont-Rouge, Que.; Sandrine Mainville, Boucherville, Que.), 4:03.44.
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Final
1.Russia, 3:34.27; 2. Japan, 3:34.41; 3. USA, 3:34.63; 6. Canada (Russell Wood, Calgary, Alta.; Richard Funk, Edmonton, Alta.; Coleman Allen, Barrie, Ont.; Dominique Massie-Martel, Ottawa, Ont.), 3:39.28.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (3-3) loses 6-5 to Italy (3-3) in bronze medal game, finishes fourth.