GWANGJU, South Korea – The Canadian women brought home two medals as competition wrapped up on the final day of the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju Sunday.
The women’s water polo and basketball teams both lost in their respective final, still adding two silver medals to the Canadian total which stands at eight (two golds, four silvers and four bronzes).
It is the third time that Canada claims two medals in team sports at the summer Universiade. It happened in 1991 in Sheffield, England (silver in men’s basketball and bronze in women’s basketball) and in 1983 in Edmonton (gold in men’s basketball & silver in men’s volleyball).
The Canadian women’s basketball team, with Hamilton’s Karly Roser, claimed silver after falling 82-63 to the United States in the gold medal final. This is Canada’s best result at the games. Prior to tonight, their highest finish was a bronze medal on two occasions in 1979 (Mexico City) and 1991 (Sheffield, England).
Following basketball, the women’s water polo team, with Hamilton’s Nicola Colterjohn in goal, was in action in the second Canadian final of the night. The match came down to penalty shots after Canada and Australia played to a 3-3 tie in regulation time.
The silver medal is Canada’s first in women’s water polo at the Universiade. The previous top finish was fourth (2013 in Kazan, Russia, and 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia).
In men’s basketball, Johnny Berhanemeskel was nearly unstoppable in Canada’s 91-65 win over Estonia to capture seventh place. The Ottawa native scored 26 points including eight three-pointers and also counted four rebounds and three assists.
Canada trailed 21-20 after the first quarter but quickly turned things around, winning the second quarter 16-8 for a seven point halftime lead. Mike Andrews of Oakville, Ont. (Bishop’s University) gave Canada a double digit lead at the 50-39 mark and contributed at both ends of the floor to close out the quarter at 62-47. Three triples for Berhanemeskel to open the fourth left no doubt that Canada would walk away with the victory.
The Canadian men’s soccer team finished its Universiade tournament with its second consecutive win, fighting for position in the consolation side. Canada finishes in 13th place. In the final game, Canada defeated Iran 1-1 (4-1 a.p.k.). The Iranians scored first in the sixth minute of play. The Canucks finally drew even in the 92nd minute on a goal from Killian Elkinson.
Canada’s teams competed in kyorugi to wrap up the last day of taekwondo events. The women’s team started off with a convincing victory over Chile, 28-7. However, Canada was stopped in the round of 16 in a 29-2 bout against China. On the men’s side, Canada was matched against China in the first round and was defeated 15-6.