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Canada wins swim gold at Summer Universiade

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KAZAN, Russia -- Katerine Savard claimed Canada's second gold medal at the Summer Universiade with a victory in the women's 100-metre butterfly final Sunday.

The Pont-Rouge, Que., swimmer touched the wall in a Universiade record time of 57.63 seconds, lowering the previous mark of 57.86 set by China's Lu Ying in 2011.

She also holds the Canadian record of 57.40, which she established earlier this year.

Fun Guo of China was second in 58.98, edging Nao Kobayashi of Japan (58.99) by one hundredth of a second.

It was Canada's third medal on the day. Eric Hedlin of Victoria captured bronze in the men's 800 freestyle while Stacie Anaka of Coquitlam, B.C., won bronze in wrestling.

Hedlin was third with a time of 7:53.78. The University of Victoria student finished 3.82 seconds back of gold medallist Kohei Yamamoto of Japan. Sergii Frolov of Ukraine was second in 7:51.02.

Anaka defeated Natalya Palamarchuk of Azarbaijan 3-1 in the bronze medal match of the 67 kilograms category. Sara Dosho of Japan beat Nasanburmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia in the final.

After 10 days of competition, Canada has two gold medals, five silver and eight bronze, good for 15th in the overall medal standings.

Canada's men's basketball team is one step closer to adding to that medal tally.

The team advanced to the semifinals following its 88-77 victory over Brazil in Sunday's quarter-final. The reigning FISU silver medallists will face Russia today.

Canada's scoring leaders stepped up again against Brazil. Brady Heslip of Burlington, Ont., netted 20 points, leading his troops in scoring for the fifth time in six games, while Dwight Powell of Toronto counted 15 points and six rebounds.

The Canadian women's water polo team (3-2) could add a medal to Canada's total as it battles Italy (2-3)for bronze today after a 7-6 semifinal loss to Hungary Sunday night.

In men's rugby, two losses eliminated the Canadians from medal contention in the 12-team men's tournament, but the day ended on a positive note for the women's squad. It topped Japan 27-10 to even its record at 1-1.

Canada will face France (1-2) and Ukraine (1-1) today to wrap up preliminary round action. The top four teams in Pool A advance to Tuesday's quarter-finals.

In volleyball, the Canadian women's team accomplished its best result at the Summer Universiade since 1997, finishing sixth. Canada's tournament came to an end Sunday with a 3-0 loss to Japan.

On the men's side, the Canadian team downed South Korea 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 25-19, 16-25, 15-8) on Sunday to advance to the consolation final for fifth place.

In soccer, the Canadian men's team dropped a 1-0 consolation semifinal decision to Ukraine. With the loss, Canada (1-2-2) will now face Malaysia (1-3-1) for seventh place today.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 15, 2013 C10

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