Canadian roundup: Hamelin medals twice at worlds, divers earn five podiums

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Canadian roundup: Hamelin medals twice at worlds, divers earn five podiums

Here are ten recent stories featuring Canadian athletes competing at international events.

Short track World Championships

Bottom line: Charles Hamelin won bronze in the 1500m, silver in the 1000m, and was fourth overall at short tracks worlds in Moscow over the weekend.

READ: Hamelin strikes podium twice at short track worlds


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Diving World Series

Bottom line: Canadian divers won five medals with Meaghan Benfeito earning three at the first World Series event of the season, in Beijing.

READ: Benfeito leads as divers win five medals in Beijing

Meaghan Benfeito at Winter Senior National Championships 2015 (Photo: Vaughn Ridley).

Meaghan Benfeito at Winter Senior National Championships 2015 (Photo: Vaughn Ridley).

Athletics: Asian Race Walking Championships / NCAA Champs

Bottom line: Three Canadian records were set across the world. Shawn Barber recorded a new indoor pole vault mark of 5.91m, and Andre De Grasse improved the 200m Canadian indoor record to 20.26 second at NCAA Div. I Champs. In Japan, Rachel Seaman lowered the 20km race walk national record to one hour, 29-minutes and 54 seconds.

ICYMI: Shawn Barber won NCAA pole vault with a CDN & NCAA record of 5.91m. https://t.co/QFdAI1sgh0

— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) March 14, 2015

The men’s pole vault was on Friday and Barber, a junior at Akron, launched himself beyond his own former Canadian mark of 5.90m, set earlier this season. On Saturday evening De Grasse, a junior for the USC Trojans, sprinted 20.26 seconds only 7/100ths of a second behind Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell.

Watch Andre De Grasse (@Youngtip94) break the Canadian 200m record: https://t.co/UYRpg3eGpDpic.twitter.com/9dds1gNxqn

— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) March 15, 2015

At the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan, Peterborough’s Rachel Seaman collected a bronze medal by becoming the first Canadian woman under 90-minutes. Her time of one hour, 29-minutes and 54-seconds takes 49-seconds off her previous PB and former Canadian mark. China’s Yongbo Hou won gold, with Japan’s Kumiko Okada second.

Snowboard cross World Cup

Bottom line: There were two snowboard cross World Cup events on consecutive days this weekend. Kevin Hill won bronze in both of them while Dominique Maltais earned gold at the Sunday races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.

READ: Maltais goes wire to wire, Hill wins second bronze at SBX world cup

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Moguls World Cup

Bottom line: With Chloé Dufour Lapointe second, and her younger sister Justine third, Canada occupied five of the top six women’s results in Megève, France.

READ: Canadian women take five of top six spots in moguls finale

Justine Dufour-Lapointe (left) finishes second and older sister Chloé third in the overall 2014-15 moguls standings behind American Hannah Kearney (Photo: Chad Bucholz/FIS).

Justine Dufour-Lapointe (left) finishes second and older sister Chloé third in the overall 2014-15 moguls standings behind American Hannah Kearney (Photo: Chad Bucholz/FIS).

Ski cross World Cup

Bottom line: Also in Megève, Brady Leman used an insight from a teammate to make an epic pass in the men’s final, capturing ski cross silver. 

READ: Brady Leman pulls off amazing ski cross pass to win silver in France

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Women’s sevens series, rugby

Bottom line: Canada placed third for the sixth consecutive time on the sevens series, after a 24-12 win over France in Atlanta.

Despite a less challenging group, Canada was topped by England in Pool C on day one and therefore eventually faced a tough semifinal match with series-leading New Zealand. Ghislaine Landry and Ashley Steacy had two tries each, one of which was a final minute Steacy score which put Canada within two points of the Black Ferns. According to the Rugby Canada website, the conversion kick from a bad angle missed and Canada would be unable to tie.

The 24-22 loss set up a third/fourth place match against France. Bianca Farella notched her 44th and 45th series tries, leading Canada to the 24-12 win. At the halfway point of the women’s sevens series, Canada and Australia are now tied for second with 48 points each. New Zealand has won all three tournaments, equalling 60 points for them. France holds the final Olympic qualification spot in fourth and their 38 points are two greater than the USA in fifth.

Triathlon World Cup

Bottom line: Amélie Kretz began the World Cup season with a silver medal in Mooloolaba, Australia. 

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Photo: Amélie Kretz twitter

The 21-year-old clocked a time of one hour, one-minute 46 seconds only four seconds behind Spain’s Tamara Gomez Garrido. Ashleigh Gentle of Australia was third with a time of one hour, two-minutes one second. It was a sprint course: 750m swim, 20km bike, and 5km run. “I was confident that I could execute a good race. It feels great to get a medal on a classic World Cup course here in Mooloolaba. The race is always hard here and the field always strong. It’s a big World Cup so it feels good to finish with a medal,” commented Kretz on the Triathlon Canada website.

According to Triathlon Canada, the Blainville, QC native spent much of 2014 sidelined with injury. Her only other World Cup medal was a home soil victory in Edmonton back in 2013. Speaking of Edmonton, Paula Findlay was 11th and Quebec City’s Sarah-Anne Brault 13th. The top Canadian men’s finisher was Michael Lori, who was 17th.

Ski jumping World Cup

Bottom line: Calgary’s Taylor Henrich added a second medal, a bronze in Germany, to finish the World Cup season with two medals.

READ: Henrich on the podium again in historic season

Taylor Henrich jumping at World Cup event in Austria, February 1, 2015.

Taylor Henrich jumping at World Cup event in Austria, February 1, 2015.

Taekwondo, Dutch Open

Bottom line: Four Canadians won medals at the 42nd edition of the Dutch Open, a major taekwondo event. Siddhartha Bhat won the -63 kg event.

Athletes @TheOneKarateKid and @KingBhat showing hardware from Dutch Open 2015 with Master Choung #44everpic.twitter.com/cTkrbMYra8

— Young Choung TKD (@yctkd44) March 15, 2015

In addition to the Bhat win, top Canadian results were Bernard Lorde, -68 kg bronze, Christopher Iliesco, -80 kg bronze, and Marc-Andre Bergeron, -87 kg bronze.

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