GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – Canada’s women’s teams attained historic results on Day 9 of the Summer Universiades in Gwangju. The basketball and water polo teams each qualified for the gold medal games for the first time on Saturday.
It will be the first ever final in the history of Canada’s women’s team sports at the Universiade when the basketball team meets the United States on Monday night at 6 p.m. (5 a.m. ET). That will quickly be followed by the water polo final against Australia at 8 p.m. (7 a.m. ET).
There has been only one other Universiade which saw Canada send two teams to gold medal matches at the same Games. In 1983, the men’s basketball team won gold and men’s volleyball team took silver.
With the teams poised for gold, Canada is now guaranteed a minimum of seven medals at the Gwangju Universiade. Brittany Crew of East York, Ont., added to that total on Saturday with her bronze medal performance in the shot put event. The York University student improved on her career best to climb onto the podium on a busy night at track.
On her fourth attempt, Crew (York University) threw 17.27 metres before celebrating with a shout of joy. The 2015 CIS Track and Field field Athlete of the Year’s previous personal best was a 16.59 in 2014.
“When I was warming up I knew I had a chance because of the rain but I never thought I’d actually do it,” said Crew. “I came in ranked sixth, so I knew that I would have to have a big PB in order to be on the podium. Once I got in the circle it was the most beautiful circle I’ve ever thrown in.”
“As soon as it left my hand I knew it was going to be big. I can’t describe the feeling that came over me. For me to have that big PB and to stand on the podium is a double-win for me.”
The Canadian women’s basketball team is going to their first ever Universiade final after a 70-60 victory over Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday.
With tonight’s win, Canada has guaranteed themselves the team’s highest finish at the Universiade in program history. Heading into the games, Canada’s best result was a pair of bronze medals in 1979 (Mexico City) and in 1991 (Sheffield, England).
Canada will now battle USA for the gold medal on Monday night at 6:00 p.m. (5:00 a.m. ET), live on FISU TV (www.livefisu.tv). The Americans obtained their ticket for the final by defeating Japan in double overtime Saturday.
“This means so much to our program,” commented head coach Fabian McKenzie of Cape Breton University. “In the stages of development for Canada Basketball we are trying to teach the athletes how to win medals and that is what these ladies are doing. This is an important piece in their development and I am so proud of them today.”
The Canadian women’s water polo team continued its stellar play at the Universiade by defeating Italy by a 7-5 score in the semi-final game on Saturday. Canada (6-0) will meet Australia (5-0-1) at 8 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) on July 13.
Canada held Italy scoreless in the fourth period and protected a two-goal lead for six and a half minutes. The win guarantees Canada its first Universiade medal in water polo since it entered competition in 2009.
“It was about hard blocking and discipline,” said Canada’s head coach, David Paradello (Montreal, Que.). “They stepped up with the blocks – they were high up and there was no space.”
A final push from Canada couldn’t reign in the Germans, who will advance to the semi-final round after a 79-73 decision at Gwangju University Gymnasium. Canada will now play for fifth place in the 23- team tournament.
With a trip to the semis up for grabs, the game was played with high intensity throughout, and the final minutes were no exception.
“That was a tough German squad. They were deep, very big and they were composed,” said head coach Barnaby Craddock. “We worked hard and left it all on the floor. There’s no shame in losing to a team like that.”
Canada (4-2) will play two more games at the Universiade, starting with a 12:30 p.m. match against France (5-1) on Sunday (11:30 p.m. ET Saturday).
The swimming events came to an end Saturday with presentation of the 10km open water races. In the men’s category, Philippe Guertin finished in sixth place with a time of 1:55:54.3. He was 44.7 seconds slower than the winner. Xavier Desharnais followed in ninth place (1:56:38.6).
On the women’s side, having held the lead early in the race, Olympian Stephanie Horner took tenth place in 2:09:33.9. Her teammate Lauren Teghtsoonian touched the wall seconds later, at 2:09:52.8.
In men’s volleyball, the Canadian junior team earned its first victory at the Universiade. A 3-0 win (25-17, 25-23, 26-24) over China allows them to finish in 19th place of the tournament. Brandon Koppers once again led the Canadian offence with 16 kills and two blocks.
Canada’s men’s soccer team also won its first game of the Universiade on Saturday with win over Malaysia in placement game (13-16). Tied at 1-1 after regulation, Canada defeated Malaysia 4-2 in penalty kicks and will now face Iran for 13th place Monday at 11:00 a.m. (10:00 p.m. ET Sunday).
In golf, Russell Bowie finished tied for 7th place with an overall score of -3. The native of Mississauga, Ont., shot a par-72 on the fourth and final round of the tournament. In the team standings, Canada finished sixth at -2.
The top Canadian in the individual ranking on the women’s side is Devon Rizzo of Brantford, Ont., who played +9 Saturday for a total score of +16 which grants her the 19th spot. The Canadian women completed the Gwangju tournament in 13th position in the team event.
In badminton, three round-of-16 matches involved Canadians Saturday, but none were able to advance any further in the tournament. Stéphanie Pakenham (Laval University) was defeated 2-0 by Hui Xirui of China in women’s singles, while Philippe Gaumond (UQAM) suffered the same fate against Hyeokjin Jeon of Korea on the men’s side. The duo of Joanne Chen (UofT) and Tracy Wong (Humber College) also lost by 2-0 to Thailand’s Chayanit Chaladchalam and Phataimas Muenwong.
The Canadian taekwondo team saw one athlete advance to the round of 16 Saturday. Jasmine Vokey of Montreal, Que., shut out John F. Nur Ira of Malaysia 13-0 in the women’s plus 73kg to qualify for the next round. In the round of 16, Vokey was defeated by Wiam Dislam of Moroco 10-2.
On the men’s side, neither Canadians advanced past the round of 32. Eloi Paradis-Deschênes of Quebec City, Que., fell to Bendik F. Oeyan of Norway 9-8 in the under 74kg category, while Chawki-Jason Huard Berro of Ottawa lost 2-1 to Zhang Baokui of China.
At the all-around competition of rhythmic gymnastics, Hannah Parry of Edmonton, Alta. is 28th after two of the four rotations with a score of 26.000. Lisa Huh of Vancouver, B.C. is 35th with 23.950 points. The competition will resume Sunday.
In table tennis, Max Xia delivered a solid fight against Edwin chun hin Hung of Hong Kong, but eventually fell 4-3 in the round of 32. The two players exchanged the first two sets and Xia lost the next two frames. The Toronto native still managed to force a final set but was defeated 11-9 in it. James Pintea of Ottawa, Ont., will play his round-of-32 match on Sunday.
SATURDAY, JULY 11 RESULTS
Men’s 800m – Semi-final 1
6. Adam Paul-Morris, South Surrey, B.C., 1:49.56, does not advance.
Men’s 800m – Semi-final 2
6. Brendon Restall, Victoria, B.C., 1:50.41, does not advance.
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase – Final
8. Ryan Brockerville, Marystown, Nfld., 8:46.14
Men’s 4x100m Relay – Round 1, Heat 1
4. Canada (Bismark Boateng, Brampton, Ont.; Drelan Bramwell, Sarnia, Ont.; Khalil Parris, Windsor, Ont.; Bolade Ajomale, Richmond Hill, Ont.), 40.30, does not advance.
Men’s Long Jump – Qualification, Group A
6. Aubrey Smith, Richmond Hill, Ont., 7.36m, does not advance.
Women’s 5000m – Final
9. Rachel Cliff, Vancouver, B.C., 16:13.08.
Women’s 4x100m Relay – Round 1, Heat 1
2. Canada (Farah Jacques, Quebec City, Que.; Leah Walkeden, Androssan, Alta.; Marissa Kurtimah, Guelph, Ont.; Michelle Young, Saskatoon, Sask.), 45.06, advances to final.
Women’s Shot Put – Final
1. Lena Urbaniak, Germany, 18.00m; 2. Paulina Guba, Poland, 17.94m; 3. Brittany Crew, East York, Ont., 17.27m; 10. Alex Porlier-Langlois, Saint-Cesaire, Que., 14.73m.
Women’s Heptathlon – Day 2 of 2 (after 7 events)
5. Georgia Ellenwood, Langley, B.C., 5665 pts (100m hurdles, 14.42, 920 pts; high jump, 1.80m, 978 pts; shot put, 10.98m, 594 pts; 200m, 25.39, 851 pts; long jump, 5.71m, 762 pts; javelin, 41.92m, 704 pts; 800m, 2:17.60, 856 pts); 7. Niki Oudenaarden, St. Albert, Alta., 5596 pts (100m hurdles, 15.57, 768 pts; high jump, 1.71m, 867 pts; shot put, 13.04m, 730 pts; 200m, 25.54, 838 pts; long jump, 5.91m, 762 pts; javelin, 43.61m, 737 pts; 800m, 2:19.22, 834 pts).
Women’s Doubles – Round of 16
Joanne Chen, Vancouver, B.C., & Tracy Wong, Richmond Hill, Ont., lose 2-0 (9-21, 7-21) to Chayanit Chaladchalam & Phataimas Muenwong, Thailand, do not advance.
Men’s Singles – Round of 16
Philippe Gaumond, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., loses 2-0 (10-21, 7-21) to Hyeokjin Jeon, Korea, does not advance.
Women’s Singles – Round of 16
Stéphanie Pakenham, Quebec City, Que., loses 2-0 (10-21, 7-21) to Hui Xirui, China, does not advance.
Canada (4-2) loses 79-73 to Germany (6-0) in quarterfinals, will play France (5-1) in placement round (5-8) Saturday 11:30 p.m. (Sunday 12:30 p.m. Gwangju).
Canada (5-0) wins 70-60 over Russia (4-1) in semi-final match, will play USA (5-0) in gold medal match Monday 5:00 a.m. (6:00 p.m. Gwangju).
Men’s Individual – Final
T-7. Russell Bowie, Mississauga, Ont., 285 (-3); 16. Dylan Cave, Kitchener, Ont., 290 (+2); T-34. Aaron Pauls, Chilliwack, B.C., 302 (+14).
Men’s Team – Final
6. Canada (Dylan Cave, Kitchener, Ont.; Aaron Pauls, Chilliwack, B.C.; Russell Bowie, Mississauga, Ont.), 574 (-2).
Women’s Individual – Final
19. Devon Rizzo, Brantford, Ont., 304 (+16); T-38. Brynn Tomie, Bedford, N.S., 322 (+34); 43. Jessie Mercer, Plainfield, Ont., 328 (+40).
Women’s Team – Final
13. Canada (Devon Rizzo, Brantford, Ont.; Brynn Tomie, Bedford, N.S.; Jessie Mercer, Plainfield, Ont.), 623 (+47).
Individual All-Around Final and Qualifications – Day 1 of 2 (after 2 rotations)
28. Hannah Parry, Edmonton, Alta., 26.000 (hoop: 13.450; ball: 12.800); 35. Lisa Huh, Vancouver, B.C., 23.950 (hoop: 12.550; ball: 11.400).
Canada (1-4-0) wins 1-1 (4-2 a.p.k) over Malaysia (1-4-0) in placement game (13-16), will face Iran (1-4-0) for 13th place Sunday at 10:00 p.m. ET (Monday 11:00 a.m. Gwangju).
Men’s 10km Open Water – Final
6. Philippe Guertin, Saint-Hubert, Que., 1:55:54.3; 9. Xavier Desharnais, Sherbrooke, Que., 1:56:38.6.
Women’s 10km Open Water – Final
10. Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., 2:09:33.9; 11. Lauren Teghtsoonian, Winnipeg, Man., 2:09:52.8.
Men’s singles – Round of 32
Max Xia, Toronto, Ont., loses 4-3 (6-11, 11-5, 5-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11) to Edwin chun-hin Hung, Hong Kong, does not advance.
Men’s -74kg – Round of 32
Eloi Paradis-Deschênes, Quebec City, Que., loses 9-8 to Bendik F. Oeyan, Norway, does not advance.
Men’s +87kg – Round of 32
Chawki-Jason Huard Berro, Ottawa, Ont., loses 2-1 to Zhang Baokui, China, does not advance.
Women’s +73kg – Round of 32
Jasmine Vokey, Montreal, Que., wins 13-0 over John F. Nur Ira, Malaysia, advances to round of 16.
Women’s +73kg – Round of 16
Jasmine Vokey, Montreal, Que., loses 10-2 to Wiam Dislam, Morocco, does not advance.
Canada (1-5) wins 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 26-24) over China (0-6) in the 19th place match.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (6-0) wins 7-5 over Italy (4-2) in semi-final match, will play Australia (5-0-1) in gold medal match Monday 7:00 a.m. (8:00 p.m. Gwangju).