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Canada kept off podium at Universiade in Russia

The Canadian Press
7/16/2013 5:00:29 PM
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KAZAN, Russia -- Canada was unable to add to its medal total Tuesday at the World University Games, ending the day with six fourth-place finishes.

Canada finished just off the podium in men's basketball and women's water polo, as well as in four swimming finals.

After a second straight day without a medal, Canada stood 17th in the overall standings with two gold, five silver and eight bronze.

The men's basketball team fell 87-74 to Serbia in the bronze-medal match.

Serbia jumped to a 24-16 lead after the first quarter and was ahead by 10 at halftime. Canada responded with a big third quarter lead by two after 30 minutes but collapsed as the game wore on.

The Serbians, who came into the tournament as defending two-time champions, were sent to the free throw line 37 times and converted 26 of their opportunities, compared to 9-of-14 for Canada.

Dwight Powell of Toronto, with 12 points, Thomas Scrubb of Richmond, B.C., with 11, and Daniel Mullings of Toronto, with 10, scored in double figures for Canada, which ended the competition with a 6-2 record.

"We were in a heck of a ball game with five minutes to go," said head coach Jay Triano. "We had wide-open threes and we had drives to the basket where either they made good plays or the whistle didn't blow.

"We have to do a better job of keeping guys in front of us and do a better job of finishing plays strong and getting to the free-throw line."

In women's water polo, Canada had to settle for fourth place following a 6-5 loss to Italy.

Shae Fournier of Winnipeg was exceptional despite the loss with three goals, increasing her tournament total to a team-leading 16 in six games.

"Our goal coming into the tournament was to win a medal," said head coach Andrew Robinson. "Obviously, it's always disappointing when you come this close. However, we brought a young team here and playing two games for a medal, in the semis against Hungary and tonight, that's invaluable experience for this group."

In swimming, Canada was in seven finals on the last night at the pool but just couldn't reach the podium.

Toronto's Brittany MacLean (women's 400-metre freestyle), Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., (women's 200 butterfly) and Alec Page of Cortes Island, B.C. (men's 400 medley) all finished fourth in individual events.

The women's 4x100 medley relay team of Savard, Calgary's Brooklyn Snodgrass, Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., and Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., also finished fourth.

Other Canadians in finals included Savannah King of Vernon, B.C., who placed fifth in the women's 400 free; Tianna Rissling of Redcliff, Alta., sixth in the women's 50 breaststroke; Mainville, eighth in the women's 50 free; Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., eighth in the women's 200 fly; and the relay team of Russell Wood of Calgary, Richard Funk of Edmonton, Coleman Allen of Barrie, Ont., and Dominique Massie-Martel of Ottawa, sixth in the men's 4x100 medley.

In rugby sevens, a sport making its Universiade debut in Kazan, the Canadian women started the day on the right foot with a 33-7 quarter-final win over China but lost 31-5 to host Russia in the afternoon semifinals.

Canada (3-2) will face Great Britain (5-1) in bronze medal match Wednesday.

On the men's side, the Canada (3-2) blanked Latvia 19-0 in a consolation semifinal and will get a chance to finish ninth when they battle Georgia (3-2) Wednesday.

In men's soccer, Canada (2-2-2) defeated Malaysia 3-1 to finish the 15-team FISU tournament in seventh position.

In shooting, Jeremy Gyoerick of Prince Albert, Sask., finished 29th in the qualification round of the 50-metre rapid fire pistol and failed to advance to the second phase.

In women's competition, Christine King, also of Prince Albert, placed 41st in 25-metre precision shooting and 43rd in rapid fire, while Kelsey Bjorkman of Fenton, Sask., finished 44th and 35th in the same events. Neither advanced to the semifinals.

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