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Canada wins silver in swimming, bronze in weightlighting

The Canadian Press
7/11/2013 5:37:30 PM
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KAZAN, Russia -- Canada boosted its medal tally to eight at the Summer Universiade on Thursday as swimmer Katherine Savard won silver and weightlifter Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau captured bronze.

Savard, from Pont-Rouge, Que., finished second in the women's 50-metre butterfly. The 20-year-old claimed her first international medal in a time of 26.05 seconds and broke her own Canadian record of 26.20 she set in June.

"It was close," said Savard. "I beat my own record (so) I am more happy about that. It's a good feeling to race in the big pool in international events."

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus won in 25.84 seconds. Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., was eighth in 26.85.

Beauchemin-Nadeau, from Candiac, Que., finished third in the minus 75-kilogram category. It's the second Universiade medal for Beauchemin-Nadeau, who also won bronze at the 2011 Games in Shenzhen, China.

"My performance today wasn't as good as I had hoped but the goal was to win the bronze medal and I got it, so I'm really happy about that," said the University of Sherbrooke medicine student. "This was kind of a test for me after moving up to 75 kilos. It was my first international competition in that category and overall it went well."

The Canadian was third after the snatch with 103 kilograms and added 130 kilograms in the clean and jerk for a total of 233.

Russia's Olga Zubova (120-159-279) overcame teammate Nadezhda Evstyukhina (123-155-278) in the clean and jerk to win gold with a Universiade record of 279 kilograms.

Canada is 22nd in the medal standings with one gold, three silver and four bronze.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Kelly Aspinall just missed the podium in the 50-metre butterfly. The 23-year-old from Nanoose Bay, B.C., finished fourth in a Canadian-record time of 23.52 seconds, just .14 behind third place.

"It's kind of bittersweet," said Aspinall, who has come close to breaking the record several times. "I wanted to get the medal first of all. To miss out on it by that much was kind of frustrating."

Genevieve Cantin of Quebec City was fifth in the women's 200-metre backstroke (2:11.78), while Richard Funk of Edmonton was eighth in the men's 100 breastroke (1:01.35).

In men's volleyball, the Canadians were facing a must-win in their Pool D finale against the Czech Republic and they delivered with a 26-24, 25-14, 21-25, 25-17 win.

Canada (3-1) and will face undefeated Ukraine in Saturday's quarter-finals.

In beach volleyball, Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto and Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg won three of four matches, the most important coming in the quarter-finals against Thailand.

Humana-Paredes and Pischke face host Russia in the semifinals Friday.

On the men's side, Grant O'Gorman of Toronto and Samuel Pedlow of Barrie, Ont., recovered from a morning loss with victories over China and Norway. They'll play Germany in the quarter-finals Friday.

In men's basketball, Canada (4-0) dominated the Czech Republic 87-56 and sits in first place in its group heading into Friday's game against the U.S.

In women's shot put Julie Labonte of Sainte-Justine, Que., was sixth while Chelsea Whalen of Liverpool, N.S., finished 11th.

In men's pole vault, Shawnacy Barber of Toronto finished 11th.

Rachael McIntosh of Bridgewater, N.S., finished ninth in the heptathlon.

In tennis, Isade Juneau of Repentigny, Que., and Dominique Harmath of Toronto reached the round of 16 in mixed doubles thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 win over their rivals from Madagascar.

In women's soccer, Canada downed China 2-1 in its first match on the consolation side of the draw.

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