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Canadian team adds bronzes at Summer Universiade

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The Canadian Press
7/13/2013 4:39:35 PM
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KAZAN, Russia -- Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., won bronze in wrestling's 72-kilogram weight class at the Summer Universiade on Saturday, while Canada's women's 4x200-metre freestyle relay team also won bronze to boost the Canadian team's medal total to 12.

Wiebe, a two-time CIS champion for the University of Calgary, defeated Gozol Zuova of Azerbaijan to reach the podium. She lost to Russia's Ekaterina Bukina in the quarter-finals earlier in the day, but was qualified for the bronze match through the repechage.

"This day was awesome," said Wiebe. "I had Bukina, a former world medallist, and I knew she was going to be really tough. I was heartbroken that I lost, but I knew I was going to come back in the repechage. As soon as my match was over, I refocused and set a goal of leaving with a medal.

"At the end of those six minutes, I was so happy and relieved to achieve my goal."

Natasha Kramble of Saskatoon also battled for bronze Saturday. The University of Saskatchewan product missed the podium at 48 kilograms after losing to Mariya Livach of Ukraine.

At the pool, the women's relay team of Calgary's Lindsay Delmar, Toronto's Brittany MacLean and Paige Schultz, and Vancouver's Savannah King won bronze behind Russia, which won gold, and the United States.

It was the second medal of the Games for MacLean and Paige, who also captured bronze with the 4x100 free relay.

"We always feel some pressure because we want to medal every time we jump in the pool," said MacLean, a 2012 Olympian. "We were so excited because relays are fun and our teammates really supported us."

Canada was fourth behind Australia when King dove into the water for the final 200 metres.

"It's always good to be pushed," said King, a two-time Olympian. "Australia gave us more energy and helped us reach the podium."

The medals boosted Canada's total to one gold, five silver and five bronze after nine days at the 27th World University Games.

In other swimming finals, Schultz was seventh in the women's 200 individual medley, while Zack Chetrat of Oakville, Ont., was seventh in the men's 200 butterfly.

In men's volleyball, Canada (3-2) saw its medal hopes vanish with a disappointing straight-set loss to Ukraine in the quarter-finals (25-21, 25-23, 25-23).

The Canadians, who finished fourth in 2011 in Shenzhen, China, will now play for positions five to eight. They meet South Korea on Sunday.

Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., paced the Canadian attack with 15 kills, while Steven Marshall of Abbotsford, B.C., had 14.

"They were good in their block and their defence, so it's a credit to all of our spikers that they were able to get all of the kills that they did," said Canadian head coach Larry McKay.

In women's volleyball, the Canadians downed Taiwan in four sets of 27-25, 14-25, 25-20 and 27-25 to advance to the consolation final for fifth place.

Canada (2-2) wraps up the tournament against Japan on Sunday. Canada's top finishes in 18 previous appearances at the biennial competition were a pair of fourth places in 1983 and 1997.

Kyla Richey, a senior national team member from Roberts Creek, B.C., led the offence with 13 kills.

In women's basketball, Miah-Marie Langlois of Windsor, Ont., scored a game-high 26 points in Canada's 75-72 overtime loss to Sweden in consolation action. Langlois drained a late three-pointer and Dartmouth, N.S., native Rachelle Coward made a free throw to end the fourth quarter and send the game to overtime.

Canada play Hungary for seventh place on Monday.

In women's soccer, Canada (3-2) blanked Estonia 3-0 in consolation action and will face Russia for ninth place Monday.

In men's water polo, the Canadians suffered their fifth loss in six contests, dropping a 9-3 decision to Montenegro in the consolation side of the draw. They'll wrap up the 12-team competition against Belgium on Monday.

Canadian tennis players won three matches in consolation play. Phil Anderson of Halifax prevailed 7-5, 6-3 in his second singles match, Dominique Harmath of Toronto was a 6-2, 6-2 victor and advanced to the consolation semifinals, while Kristina Sanjevic of Edmonton downed her opponent 6-4, 6-2 in her third contest.

In shooting, Jeremy Gyoerick of Prince Albert, Sask., began competition by placing 38th in the 10-metre air pistol event.

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