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Both the men’s and women’s 4×400-metre relay teams finished second in their respective finals securing two more silver medals at FISU on the final day of athletics competition in Kazan, Russia. The women’s team of Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont., Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont., Helen Crofts of West Vancouver, B.C., and Alicia Brown of Ottawa, Ont., ran 3:32.93 for the podium finish. The men’s race of Benjamin Ayesu-Attah of Coquitlam, B.C., Brendon Rodney of Toronto, Ont., Michael Robertson of Williamstown, Ont., and Daniel Harper of Brampton, Ont., reached the podium in 3:05.26.

The men’s 4×100-metre relay of Michael Robertson, Segun Makinde of Ottawa, Ont., Brendon Rodney and Sam Effah of Calgary, Alta., finished fifth in the final crossing the line in 39.39 seconds.

In the men’s long jump, London, Ont.’s Taylor Stewart finished sixth measuring 7.80 metres.

Lucas Bruchet of White Rock, B.C., and Andrew Nixon of Guelph, Ont., placed ninth and 12th respectively in the 5000-metres final. Bruchet clocked in at 14:08.59 and Nixon at 14:32.83.

Five Medals for Canada

The 2013 Summer Universiade (FISU) saw Canada with five medals including its’ first ever gold medal performance in athletics by an individual Canadian female at this competition.

  • GOLD was won by Kimberly Hyacinthe of Terrebonne, Que., in the women’s 200-metres. Kim is the first individual Canadian female gold medalist in athletics at FISU. She is also the only Canadian (male or female) to have won two gold medals at FISU; in 2009 she won the team gold in the 4×400-metre relay
  • SILVER was won in the 1500-metres by Fort Erie, Ont.’s Jeremy Rae
  • SILVER for the women’s 4x400m relay team
  • SILVER for the men’s 4x400m relay team
  • BRONZE was taken by the men’s racewalk team of Inaki Gomez of Vancouver, B.C., Benjamin Thorne of Kitimat, B.C., and Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C.

Top 8 Performances by:


Name Event Placing Hometown
Kimberly Hyacinthe 200m Gold Terrebonne, QC
Jeremy Rae 1500m Silver Fort Erie, ON
Alicia BrownHelen CroftsNoelle MontcalmSarah Wells 4x400m Relay Silver Ottawa, ONWest Vancouver, BCWindsor, ONUnionville, ON
Benjamin Ayesu-AttahBrendon RodneyMichael RobertsonDaniel Harper 4x400m Relay Silver Coquitlam, BCToronto, ONWilliamstown, ONBrampton, ON
Evan Dunfee
Inaki Gomez
Benjamin Thorne
Team 20km Race Walk Bronze Richmond, BCVancouver, BCKitimat, BC
Shai-Anne Davis 200m 4 Richmond, ON
Chantelle Groenewoud 3000m Steeplechase 4 North Vancouver, BC
Brandon Lord 10000m 4 Whistler, BC
Segun Makinde 200m 4 Ottawa, ON
Sarah Wells 400m Hurdles 4 Unionville, ON
Michael RobertsonSegun MakindeBrendon RodneySam Effah 4x100m Relay 5 Williamstown, ONOttawa, ONToronto, ONCalgary, AB
Alicia Brown 400m 5 Ottawa, ON
Jessica Furlan 3000m Steeplechase 5 Regina, SK
Inaki Gomez 20km Race Walk 5 Vancouver, BC
Brendon Rodney 200m 5 Toronto, ON
Helen Crofts 800m 6 West Vancouver, BC
Shai-Anne Davis 100m 6 Richmond, ON
Sam Effah 100m 6 Calgary, AB
Julie Labonté Shot Put 6 Sainte-Justine, QC
Taylor Stewart Long Jump 6 London, ON
Anthony Romaniw 800m 7 Guelph, ON
Jessica Smith 800m 7 North Vancouver, BC
Patrick Arbour Decathlon 8 Ottawa, ON
Daniel Harper 400m 8 Brampton, ON
Rachael McIntosh Heptathlon 8 Bridgewater, NS

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University of Guelph Gryphons Struggle on final day of competition

From Chris Moulton

University of Guelph runners had a difficult end to what had otherwise been a very successful World University Games.  Anthony Romaniw finished seventh overall in the 800 metre final.  Romaniw went for the win, bolting out to the lead and leading the pack through the 550 metre mark before being passed by eventual champion and Olympic silver medalist Nijel Amos. Romaniw struggled to maintain his pace as he was passed in the home stretch by several runners, his time was 1 minute 49.04 seconds.  In the men’s 5000 metre Andrew Nixon placed 12th overall with a time of 14 minutes 32.83 seconds.  Nixon had a difficult time staying pace with the lead pack after the two kilometre.

Both athletes will now head to Finland to continue racing.  Romaniw will be looking to break the 1 minutes 46.20 B standard to secure a trip to the World Championships in Moscow.