Francophone Games come to an end; Canada wins 22 medals

athletics canada

Emily Hooper

September 14, 2013, Nice, France (ISN) – The 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie (JDLF) have come to a close seeing Canada win 22 medals including 6 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze.

The first gold medal of the games came on day two of competition where Canada won two medals in the 110-metre hurdles. Sekou Kaba of Ottawa, Ont., won the JDLF title in 13.84 seconds. “I felt good going in; confident and positive thinking. It feels great to win my first gold medal especially racing a former world champion; a moment I will never forget.”

Ingvar Moseley of Pickering, Ont., secured the bronze medal in the 110-metre hurdles in 14.02 seconds. “It’s great to represent Canada and I’m grateful for the opportunity. It was my first time being on the podium on a National Team and it means a lot!”

The men’s 4×100-metre relay team of Aaron Bowman of London, Ont., Segun Makinde of Ottawa, Ont., Dontae Richards-Kwok of Mississauga, Ont., and Jared Connaughton of New Haven, PEI raced to a gold medal in 39.14 seconds. “It felt like it did in London (2012 Olympics) where we went in with a lot of confidence”, explains anchor runner Jared Connaughton. He adds: “We just wanted to make sure we ran confidently. The best part was hearing the national anthem playing on our behalf.”

On the last day of competition Canada really made a statement having the anthem play on four occasions. Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., won the men’s high jump clearing 2.30-metres. Krista Woodward of New Westminster, B.C., also took the top of the podium from her javelin throw of 52.82-metres.

It was double gold for Canada in the 200-metres with both Segun Makinde and Crystal Emmanuel of Toronto, Ont., winning their finals in 20.80 and 23.63 seconds respectively.

Double silver performances were won by Canada in the men’s pole vault where both of Toronto, Ont.’s Shawnacy Barber and Jason Wurster cleared 5.35-metres.

After the seven event heptathlon Madelaine Buttinger of Waterloo, Ont., won the silver medal with 5177 points. She clocked the 100-metre hurdles in 15.46, High jumped 1.72-metres, Shot putted 12-metres, crossed the line in 26.83 seconds over 200-metres, long jumped 5.68-metres, threw the javelin 33.61-metres and timed 2:19.47 over the final 800-metres.

In the men’s 20-kilometre racewalk Richmond, B.C.’s Evan Dunfee clocked in at 1:25:30 for the silver medal.

It was all smiles for Noelle Montcalm of Belle River, Ont., as she stepped into silver position on the podium. Montcalm clocked the second fastest time of 57.52 seconds over the 400-metre hurdles. “I am very happy with silver, happy to bring home a medal for athletics and Canada.”

Curtis Moss of Burnaby, B.C., repeated his 2009 medal performance by winning silver again in the men’s javelin. Moss registered a best throw of 76.04-metres to secure his second place spot on the podium. “Getting another silver medal was very satisfying, it was a competitive competition. I moved from first to second to third and then back up to second to get the silver.”

In the men’s 100-metres Dontae Richards-Kwok won the silver medal in 10.46 seconds. This is Dontae’s first individual medal at an international event. “I am glad I got my first international individual medal. I was hoping for gold but happy with silver especially after a long season.”

The women’s 4×400-metre relay also captured the silver medal. The team of Adrienne Power of Halifax, N.S., Melissa Bishop of Windsor, Ont., Noelle Montcalm and Alicia Brown of Ottawa, Ont., clocked 3:34.25 for the podium finish. Earlier the same day Melissa Bishop captured the bronze medal in the women’s 800-metres final in 2:03.44.

In the women’s 100-metres Shai Anne-Davis of Toronto, Ont., won the bronze medal in 11.80 seconds. “I am not very happy with my performance. It’s been a long season. I am looking forward to next season.”

Toronto, Ont.’s Heather Hamilton cleared 4.10-metres in the women’s pole vault competition; good enough for a bronze medal. “I am happy to win a bronze medal after a long and difficult season. Winning a medal for Canada feels great and although I wasn’t satisfied with my performance, I’m proud that I was on the podium.”

It was bronze in the women’s high jump for Whitby, Ont.’s Michelle Kinsella (Theophille) who cleared 1.86-metres.

Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont., captured the Canadian team’s first medal of the Games. Registering a throw of 19.09-metres in the shot put secured him the bronze medal.

Bronze was won with a jump of 6.63-metres in the long jump by Surrey, B.C.’s Christabel Nettey.

Ottawa, Ont.’s Curtis Thom won the bronze medal in the men’s T54 wheelchair classification 400-metres in a time of 53.22 seconds.

Top 8 Finishes

Alicia Brown

4 – 400m


Alysha Newman

5 – Pole Vault


Jared Connaughton

4 – 100m


Adrienne Power

5 – 400m


Sultana Frizell

4 – Hammer


Kyle Smith

5 – 800m


Christie Gordon

4 – 100m Hurdles


Jim Steacy

5 – Hammer


Chantelle Groenewoud

4 – 3000m SC


Chris Winter

5 – 3000m SC


Rob Hughes

4 – F33 Shot Put


Jessica Furlan

6 – 3000m SC


Marie-Josée Le Jour

4 – Discus


Tim Hendry-Gallagher

6 – Shot Put


Philip Osei

4 – 400m


Catrin Jones

6 – 10000m


Benjamin Thorne

4 – 20km RW


Kyle Nielsen

6 – Javelin


Kate Van Buskirk

4 – 1500m


Karine Belleau-Beliveau

7 – 800m


Chelsea Whalen

4 – Shot Put


Tait Nystuen

7 – 400m Hurdles


Natasha Wodak

4 – 10000m


Charles Philibert-Thiboutot

7 – 1500m


Team Canada:

Marie-Ève Dugas

Adrienne Power

Karelle Edwards

Crystal Emmanuel

4 – 4x100m


Ryan Brockerville

Jessica Smith

Heather Steacy

8 – 3000m SC

8 – 800m

8 – Hammer




Isaiah Christophe

5 – T54 400m


At the last edition of the Francophone Games Canada came home with 20 medals.

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