Laurent Gosselin-Paradis captured his second bronze medal of the 2019 Summer Universiade Monday, putting up a strong performance in the men’s 10-metre platform event.
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Day 5 was also highlighted by men’s volleyball's first win, a five-set thriller against Iran, and by a great day all-around at San Paolo Stadium as athletics got underway. To close the day however, both men’s basketball and women’s soccer were defeated in quarter-final action, relegating both teams to the consolation side.
At Naples’ Mostra d’Oltremare pool, Gosselin-Paradis, 18, was the youngest competitor in the field and scored 399.10 after six dives. Mexico’s Jose Diego Balleza Isaias won gold, with Bowen Huang of China taking silver.
It’s the first individual international medal for Gosselin-Paradis, who picked up Canada’s first medal of the Universiade in the synchronized platform event with teammate Ethan Pitman Friday. Pitman also qualified for the individual final, finishing 12th.
“I just wanted to give it all and do my best, and just focus on one dive at a time,” said the Collège André-Grasset student. “I wasn’t really looking at the scoreboard, so I wasn’t really even aware of my placing, but I’m happy that I was able to put on a good show and come away with the bronze medal.”
The diving competition’s final medals were up for grabs in the mixed team event. Canada was represented by Pitman and Elaena Dick, who finished seventh in the 11-team event.
At Nocera, Canada earned its first win of the men’s volleyball tournament on Monday at Palacoscioni, beating Iran 3-2 in a highly-contested battle.
Down 2-1 after three, the Canadians finished strong in the fourth and fifth sets, allowing them to prevail over the defending champions of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, while giving them a boost of confidence for the remainder of the tournament.
“It definitely means a lot to get the win,” said middle blocker John Moate. “We’ve been in a tough pool and battling hard. We’ve talked about resiliency, and this is what this game was about. This is really what we needed, it feels really good.
Three Canadians reached the double digits in the kills column, including Dylan Mortensen (16), Craig Ireland (15) and Moate (13), who added five blocks and three aces to his productive afternoon.
The Canadians will conclude group play on Tuesday against Poland (3-0) at 11:30 a.m. EDT / 8:30 a.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. local time). The challenge will be great, as the Poles have not lost a single set so far in this competition.
At Naples, the athletics team entered the competition, and several Canadians performed well on opening day at San Paolo Stadium.
In the women's 10,000m final, Branna MacDougall and Laura Dickinson placed fourth and fifth in the 15-runner group, at 34:09.81 and 34:17.95, respectively.
“Early on, I was trying to stay as relaxed as possible and match any moves that were made, focusing on Laura and keeping her in sight. With 800 metres to go, my instincts told me to go for it and I took the lead. I gave it everything I could for a medal,” said MacDougall. “This race gives me the confidence that I need in order to can handle high pressure situations and tough circumstances. It also gives me confidence in my skills as a racer, as well the ability to compete in high-level races.”
Maddy Price clocked the third-fastest time of the women's 400-metre qualifying session, winning her heat in 52.90. Teammate Zoe Sherar also advances to Tuesday’s semifinals, thanks to a second place in her heat in 53.38.
Another pair of Canadian women move on to the semifinals including Maité Bouchard, who finished 17th in the 800m event in 2:07.72 and teammate Jenna Westaway, who placed 20th with a time of 2:08.22.
In the discus throw event, Gabby Rains reached the final with a throw of 54.76m, the third best of the qualifications. The final will take place on Tuesday afternoon.
In the women's javelin throw, Ashley Pryke had a 53.70m on her first attempt, which was enough to qualify for the final. Brittni Wolczyk did not have the same luck, as her 48.01m throw left her 19th overall, with only the top 12 qualifying for the final.
In the men's 100m, Duan Asemota set the 14th fastest time of the day (10.44), enough to qualify for the next round.
In the men's triple jump, Brian Obonna finished 20th overall (15.06m) and failed to advance to the final. Finally, Kevin Robertson's road also came to a stop, as he finished seventh in his 1,500m heat in 3:46.15.
At Avellino, Canada’s hopes for a medal in the men’s basketball tournament were dashed Monday night with a razor-thin 82-80 defeat at the hands of Ukraine at Pala Del Mauro in the quarter-final round.
The Canadians let the game slip away in the third quarter, after a solid start and found themselves down as many as 15 midway through the fourth quarter. Canada made an inspired comeback bid and cut the deficit all the way to just two, but that’s where it ended, as Ukraine was able to pull out the victory and advance to the semifinal, where they will play Australia.
“It’s international basketball, and you have to be ready for everything,” said Canadian head coach Shawn Swords. “Basically, in the third quarter our energy was really low, and that’s usually a good quarter for us. They put us on our heels right off the bat in that quarter, but we did a good job rallying and getting back into it.
Alex Kappos had a big night off the bench for Canada, hitting a trio of clutch threes to finish with 13 points. Mambi Diawara was the only other Canadian in double digits with 11 points, while Brody Clarke scored eight and hauled down 10 rebounds.
It’s a quick turnaround for Canada to reset and play Argentina Tuesday. Canada’s consolation semifinal is set for 11:30 a.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. local) at Palacercola in Cercola, Italy.
At Benevento, Canada was knocked out of medal contention after a 3-0 quarter-final loss to Japan Monday at Stadio Ciro Vigorito.
Japan’s Mitsuba Ibaraki scored what would stand as the game-winner in the 11th minute of the match. Sara Imada then added her first of two goals right before the half, before adding an insurance marker in the 80th minute.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Team Canada head coach Peyvand Mossavat. “The goals they scored were small errors on our part. We talked from the start of this campaign about maximizing our potential and getting better every day and this was by far our best performance. The score doesn’t justify the performance. I’m so proud of the girls.”
Canada will face Republic of Korea, who dropped a narrow 2-1 (4-1 PK) quarter-final decision to Russia, with a spot in the consolation final on the line. The match is set for Wednesday at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. PDT (5 p.m. local) at Stadio Pinto in Caserta.
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At Casoria, Canada was dealt their first loss, 16-7, at the hands of Hungary and wrap up preliminary play in second place in Pool A.
“We knew going in to the game that they were going to be a lot more aggressive and physical than the previous teams going into the tournament, so it was a little bit of an adjustment for a lot of us,” said Canadian Verica Bakoc. “I think we started playing better against their aggressiveness in the second half.”
Peggy Jean Allin and Bakoc each scored three goals in the game, while Hungary had nine different scoring contributors.
Canada (3-1) plays in a quarter-final match against the winner of the fourth-placed team in Pool B and the fifth-placed team in Pool A. The quarter-final take place on Wednesday in Casoria at 7:30 a.m. EDT / 4:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. local)
Over at Naples’ Piscina Scandone, four swimmers hit the water including three semifinal competitors and Hannah Genich in the lone final of the night.
Olympian Kennedy Goss qualified for the 200m freestyle final after finishing fourth in her heat and seventh overall in a time of 2:00.49. Ingrid Wilm qualified for the final in the 50m backstroke, tying fourth overall with Poland’s Agata Naskret in 28.48. Rob Hill raced the semifinal in the 200m backstroke but fell short of qualifying for the final in a time of 2:01.68.
In the 100m butterfly final, Hannah Genich finished eighth in 59.65.
“It’s my first time racing at an international final and it as super exciting,” said Genich, who still has the 200m butterfly preliminaries on Tuesday. “I’m proud of how I swam under the pressure of representing Canada and I had a great time.
“The competition is so great from all aspects from being on the boat, to all the experiences at the pool. It’s a once in a life time (experience) and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
In Naples, Canada notched their first victory in women’s basketball action, topping Argentina 75-36.
Team captain Linnaea Harper of McMaster University led the team with 13 points, while Javda Veinot and Kyla Shand had 10 and 12 points, respectively, in the win.
Canada will wrap up the tournament versus Mexico Wednesday at 7 a.m. EDT / 4 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. local) in a fight for 13th place at Palacercola.
At Caroria, Holly Cheuk, Kaitlyn Weins and Jina Ha narrowly missed the women’s team poomsae final, placing 10th overall with a score of 70.6 points.
At Monterusciello, doubles action got underway. In mixed doubles action, Matthew Lehmann and Alayna Chan dropped a narrow 3-2 decision, while Bryan Ho and Justina Yeung fell 3-0, both to Swedish pairs.
Canada’s men and women each went 0-2 as Chan and Yeung fell to France 3-2, while Jacie Liu and Vida Sieu dropped a 3-0 decision to Russia. Lehmann and Ho teamed up and fell 3-1, while Angelo Au and David Lin lost 3-0, both to Korean teams.
At Baronissi, Jason Harel, Gavin Hay, Riley Norman and Francois Ouimet fell to Hungary 39-31 in the men’s epee team relay to finish 19th overall.
Team Canada Medal Summary
Lauren Gosselin-Paradis, Diving, men’s platform
Laurent Gosselin-Paradis & Ethan Pitman, Diving, men’s synchronized platform