GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – Canada won a third medal in athletics Sunday, on Day 10 of the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju.
On the final day of athletics, Canadian distance runner Gabriela Stafford captured Canada’s sixth podium of the games with a silver medal performance in the women’s 1500m.
Under extremely windy weather conditions, the second year University of Toronto student placed second overall with a time of 4:19.27. Stafford advanced to the final on Saturday with a qualifying time of 4:18.35.
“I can’t describe the feeling, this is so overwhelming,” said the Toronto, Ont. native. “My whole year was leading up to this and at the beginning of the year I didn’t think I would walk away with a medal. Once I realized it was a serious possibility, I still had doubts and fears that I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted to do. To capture a silver medal is absolutely amazing.”
Teammate Carise Thompson also had a strong race in the 1500m placing fifth with a time of 4:20.07.
Canada concluded the Universiade with three medals in athletics competition, including two silvers (men’s racewalk, women’s 1500m) and a bronze (women’s shot put).
Facing a strong, technical, Japanese squad the Canadian women’s soccer team was defeated by a score of 5-0 in the bronze medal match Sunday in Gwangju. Canada (4-2-0) still gets its best-ever result at the Universiade with a fourth place. It finished fifth on three occasions, in 1993 in Buffalo, in 2005 in Izmir, Turkey, and in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.
“I am obviously disappointed with the result,” said head coach Peyvand Mossavat. “The score shows 5-0, but it doesn’t reflect the game. We had a number of chances, but couldn’t capitalize on them. I am proud of the girls. They are still the best Canadian team that has ever performed in this competition.”
The Canadian men’s basketball team was shut down in the fourth quarter by France, leading to a 64-46 defeat as the two teams met in the consolation semi-final Sunday. Canada will play its final game tomorrow against Estonia to determine seventh and eighth place in the 23-team tournament.
The top eight finish in the tournament will be the third straight for Canada at the Universiade, and the 20th in 22 appearances, dating back to 1970.
In table tennis, Ottawa native James Pintea’s tournament came to an end in the round of 32. He was defeated by the Japanese player Machi Asuka, 4-1 (11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 12-10). Team Canada has completed its participation in this discipline.
In taekwondo, in the under 63 kilogram category, Toronto’s William Rodgers was granted a win in his first match when his Nigerian opponent forfeited. In the next round, he was brought down by Belgium’s Jaouad Achab, 20-1. Achab is the reigning world champion of the discipline.
On the women’s side, Charlotte Brown of Quebec City was entered in the under 32kg event. She was defeated in the round of 32 by Julliany Santos Ferreira of Brazil by a score of 22-10.
In the individual all-around final and qualifications in rhythmic gymnastics, Canada’s Hannah Perry of Edmonton, Alb. finished 31st overall with a score of 50.275, while teammate Lisa Ye Rim Huh of Toronto placed 34th with 49.575 points.
SUNDAY, JULY 12 RESULTS
Men’s 5000m – Final
5. Ross Proudfoot, Sudbury, Ont., 14:13.30.
Women’s 1500m – Final
1. Docus Ajok, Uganda, 4:18.53; 2. Gabriela Stafford, Toronto, Ont., 4:19.27; 3. Kristina Ugarova, Russia, 4:19.78; 5. Carise Thompson, Orkney, Ont., 4:20.07.
Women’s 4x100m Relay – Final
8. Canada (Farah Jacques, Quebec City, Que.; Leah Walkeden, Androssan, Alta.; Marissa Kurtimah, Guelph, Ont.; Michelle Young, Saskatoon, Sask.), DNF.
Women’s High Jump – Final
15. Rebecca Haworth, Waverly, N.S., 1.75m.
Canada (4-3) loses 64-46 to France (6-1) in placement round (5-8), will play Estonia (3-3) for 7th place Sunday 9:00 p.m. (Monday 10:00 a.m. Gwangju).
Individual All-Around Final and Qualifications – Day 2 of 2 (after 4 rotations)
31. Hannah Parry, Edmonton, Alta., 50.275 (hoop: 13.450; ball: 12.800; clubs: 11.900; ribbon: 12.125), does not advance; 34. Lisa Huh, Vancouver, B.C., 49.575 (hoop: 12.550; ball: 11.400, clubs: 12.975; ribbon: 12.650), does not advance.
Canada (4-2-0) loses 5-0 to Japan (4-1-1) in bronze medal match, finish 4th.
Men’s singles – Round of 32
James Pintea, Ottawa, Ont., loses 4-1 (8-11, 11-8, 3-11, 8-11, 10-12) to Asuka Machi, Japan, does not advance.
Men’s -63kg – Round of 64
William Rogers, Toronto, Ont., wins by withdrawal over Gideon Usman, Nigeria, advances to round of 32.
Men’s -63kg – Round of 32
William Rogers, Toronto, Ont., loses 20-1 to Jaouad Achab, Belgium, does not advance.
Women’s -53kg – Round of 32
Charlotte Brown, Quebec City, Que., loses 22-10 to Julliany Santos Ferreira, Brazil, does not advance.