July 17, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Canada added to its medal tally Wednesday morning at the 27th Summer Universiade, claiming bronze in women’s rugby sevens thanks to a 36-0 win over Great Britain in the country’s very last competition of the FISU Games.
In other Canadian action on Day 13, the men’s rugby sevens squad dropped a 26-12 decision to Georgia in the ninth-place match.
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In the 10-kilometre open water swimming events, Jade Dusablon of Quebec City and Heather Maitland of Toronto finished eighth and 14th, respectively, in the women’s race. On the men’s side, Aimeson Sparks-King of Toronto and Xavier Desharnais of Sherbrooke, Que., were 17th and 18th.
Team Canada ends the biennial multisport event with 16 podium finishes, including two gold, five silver and nine bronze, good for a tie for 15th place in the overall standings. It equals the fourth best medal count since the red and white began competing at the Games in 1965.
Medal table: Medals
The top five Canadian performances include 40 medals in 1993 in Buffalo (12-14-14), 38 in 1983 in Edmonton (9-10-19), 19 in 1991 in Sheffield, England (3-5-11), 16 in 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand (5-3-8) and 16 in 2013 (2-5-9).
Two years ago in Shenzhen, China, Canada finished 24th overall with eight medals (0-5-3).
Canada sent a record delegation of 440 to Kazan, including 308 student-athletes. Over 11,000 athletes from 163 countries competed in Russia’s sports capital.
“We’re really proud of our athletes, coaches, and the entire delegation,” said chef de mission Theresa Hanson. “We feel like we could have won a few more medals but overall, our results were very solid. The level of competition at this FISU Games was exceptional, probably the best ever. It sure was nice to finish with a podium today.
“The organizing committee truly did an amazing job. Kazan has set the bar very high for future Universiades.”
Canada’s two gold medals in Kazan came from sprinter Kimberly Hyacinthe of Terrebonne, Que., who won the women’s 200-metre at the track on July 10, and swimmer Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., who set a Universiade record in the women’s 100 butterfly on July 14.
In team sports, women’s rugby sevens had the best Canadian result with its bronze medal. The sport was making its FISU Games debut this summer. Men’s basketball and women’s water polo finished just off the podium, in fourth position.
The 2015 Summer Universiade will be held in Gwangju, South Korea.
CANADIAN MEDALS IN KAZAN
Athletics (200m): Kimberly Hyacinthe (Terrebonne, Que.)
Swimming (100 butterfly): Katerine Savard (Pont-Rouge, Que.)
Artistic gymnastics (floor): Ellie Black (Halifax, N.S.)
Athletics (1500m): Jeremy Rae (Fort Erie, Ont.)
Athletics (4x400m): Noelle Montcalm (Windsor, Ont.), Sarah Wells (Unionville, Ont.), Helen Crofts (Vancouver, B.C.), Alicia Brown (Ottawa, Ont.)
Athletics (4x400m): Benjamin Ayesu-Attah (Coquitlam, B.C.), Mike Robertson (Ottawa, Ont.), Brendon Rodney (Toronto, Ont.), Daniel Harper (Brampton, Ont.)
Swimming (50 butterfly): Katerine Savard (Pont-Rouge, Que.)
Artistic gymnastics (beam): Ellie Black (Halifax, N.S.)
Athletics (20km race walk team competition): Inaki Gomez (Vancouver, B.C.), Ben Thorne (Kitimat, B.C.), Evan Dunfee (Richmond, B.C.)
Rugby Sevens: Women
Swimming (800 free): Eric Hedlin (Victoria, B.C.)
Swimming (4×100 free): Sandrine Mainville (Boucherville, Que.), Caroline Lapierre-Lemire (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.), Paige Schultz (Toronto, Ont.), Brittany MacLean (Etobicoke, Ont.)
Swimming (4×200 free): Lindsay Delmar (Calgary, Alta.), Brittany MacLean (Etobicoke, Ont.), Paige Schultz (Toronto, Ont.), Savannah King (Vancouver, B.C.)
Weightlifting (-75kg): Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau (Candiac, Que.)
Wrestling (67kg): Stacie Anaka (Coquitlam, B.C.)
Wrestling (72kg): Erica Wiebe (Stittsville, Ont.)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 RESULTS
MEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (3-3) loses 26-12 to Georgia (3-3) in consolation final, finishes 10th.
WOMEN’S RUGBY SEVENS
Canada (4-3) wins 36-0 over Great Britain (5-2) in bronze medal match.
Men’s 25m Standard Pistol – Qualification
26. Jeremy Gyoerick, Prince Albert, Sask., 526, does not advance.
Men’s open water 10km – Final
1. Matteo Furlan, Italy, 1:56:12.4; 2. Romain Beraud, France, 1:56.14.4; 3. Andreas Waschburger, Germany, 1:56:16.3; 17. Aimeson Sparks-King, Toronto, Ont., 1:58:43.6; 18. Xavier Desharnais, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:58:53.8.
Women’s open water 10km – Final
1. Ashley Twichell, USA, 2:05:00.9; 2. Aurora Ponsele, Italy, 2:05:31.9; 3. Krala Sitic, Croatia, 2:05:32.1; 8. Jade Dusablon, Quebec City, Que., 2:06:53.8; 14. Heather Maitland, Toronto, Ont., 2:14:48.1.