Winnipeg athlete Shane Dillon ran a solid 800-m in a time of 1:50.12 to secure a bronze medal, missing a gold by just .89 of a second.

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Winnipeg athlete Shane Dillon ran a solid 800-m in a time of 1:50.12 to secure a bronze medal, missing a gold by just .89 of a second.

Victoria Tachinski fell short in her drive for a second individual gold medal at the Canada Summer Games Friday afternoon, albeit with a silver lining on two fronts.

The 18-year-old speedster from Winnipeg led after one lap of the women's 800-metre final during a weather-delayed athletics meet at University of Manitoba Stadium but was caught and passed by Saskatchewan's Julie Labach during the final 100 metres. Labach, the Games silver medallist in the 1,500 metres earlier in the week, finished in a time of 2:06.62.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Julie Labach of Saskatchwen edges out Victoria Tachinski of Manitoba in the 800-metre finals.</p></p>


Julie Labach of Saskatchwen edges out Victoria Tachinski of Manitoba in the 800-metre finals.

"The race went well and I went out hard," said Tachinski, who had never raced Labach before. "I started to feel her (behind me) with 80 metres to go. But I'm definitely happy with my race. My goal was to work on my 400. It's all about the experiences."

Tachinski, who captured gold in the women's 400-metre final Thursday, was finished in a time of 2:06.81. Ontario's Kate Ayers and Quebec's Aurelie Dube-Lavoie tied for the bronze in 2:08.17.

Tachinski helped Manitoba capture silver in the women's 4x400-metre relay later in the day and was joined by teammates Tayo Babalola, Erin White and Sophia Mbabaali on the podium. Tachinski, running the anchor leg, got the baton in sixth place and roared to a second-place finish. The team also shattered the provincial record by three seconds.

B.C. won relay gold with a time of 3:43.35, followed by Manitoba in 3:43.65 and Ontario in 3:43.84, respectively.

Tachinski graduated from Vincent Massey earlier this year and was named the Manitoba High School Sports Athletic Association Female Athlete of the Year and then two weeks ago, represented Canada in Peru at the Under-20 Pan American Championships where she won a gold and silver medal. She is heading to Penn State University on a track scholarship this fall.

JUSTIN SAMANSKI-LANGILLE / FREE PRESS FILES</p><p>Niyah Becker scored 34 points.</p>


Niyah Becker scored 34 points.

"Yeah, I just wanted to go out with the pack for the first half and I knew the kick happens between 200 and 300 left, so I'm pretty confident in my kick so I thought I would hang on til then and see what I had left," said the 20-year-old Labach, a relative newcomer to athletics who competed at the last Canada Summer Games as a member of her province's soccer team.

Labach entered the competition ranked fifth in the 1,500 and fourth in the 800.

"I felt really confident that was in my race and I'd be ready when it was time to go, so, I'm really, so happy," said Labach.

Earlier, Manitoba hoops star Niyah Becker scored 34 points and hauled down 11 rebounds to lead Manitoba's female team to a 76-63 victory over Alberta in the Games bronze-medal game at the Duckworth Centre Friday afternoon.

Becker, a 16-year-old mainstay last season for the Vincent Massey Trojans, is transferring to Lincoln Prep in Hamilton, Ont., this fall.

Lauren Bartlett scored 16 points for the winners, who led 36-24 at halftime.

Bryna Masikewich led Alberta with 22 points.

Ontario and Quebec play for gold today.

Meanwhile, back on the track, double bronze medallist Tegan Turner of Manitoba finished sixth in the women's 200-metre final with a time of 24.36. Her provincial teammate, Tayo Babalola, was eighth in the final with a time of 23.83.

Quebec's DeOndra Green earned gold in the event with a time of 23.82.

Earlier in the week, the 21-year-old Turner, a University of Manitoba student, ran a personal best of 11.81 in the women's 100 metres to earn a bronze medal.

Turner added more hardware when she helped the provincial 4x100-metre relay team to bronze.

"Really, what I've been doing here really is going for a personal best," said Turner, who had a personal best of 24.33 prior to the Games and posted a wind-aided mark of 23.99 earlier this week.

"A personal best would have been the icing on the cake in this race, because it's my last race this season. I'm happy with how I went. I had a really great first 100, it was pretty strong, but I was a little tired -- it was my sixth race this week, so it's a little more condensed than when we usually run meets."

Winnipeg athlete Shane Dillon ran a solid men's 800-metre with a time of 1:50.12 to secure a bronze medal, missing a gold by just .89 of a second.

Winnipegger Taylor Heald put in a strong effort in the women's discus, finishing fourth with a toss of 45.72 metres. Ontario's Trinity Tutti earned gold with a throw of 51.78, followed by Alberta's Gabrielle Rains (49.27) and Ontario's Grace Tennant (47.30) in second and third, respectively.

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Mike Sawatzky

Mike Sawatzky

Mike has been working on the Free Press sports desk since 2003.