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Posted: July 9, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Steacy wins silver at FISU Games; Abdulai captures the bronze

OTTAWA - Lethbridge, Alberta's Jim Steacy was the first Canadian to capture an athletics medal at the 2009 Summer Universiade (FISU) in Belgrade, Serbia today. In the hammer throw Jim captured the silver medal with a throw of 74.88 metres; his sixth and final attempt. The gold medal was won by Yury Shayunou of Belarus with a throw of 76.92 metres.

Ruky Abdulai from Coquitlam, BC also made the podium winning bronze in the women's long jump with a mark of 6.44 metres. Ivana Spanovic of Serbia and Irina Kryachkova of Russia won the gold and silver medals in 6.64 metres and 6.47 metres respectively.

Additional results from Wednesday:

  • Oluseyi Smith of Ottawa, ON finished 8th in the 100m final running 10.48
  • After day 1 of the Decathlon Jamie Adjetey-Nelson is in 6th place with 3879 points
  • Esther Akinsulie of Ottawa, ON and Carline Muir of Edmonton, AB will battle for a medal in the 400m final scheduled for tomorrow
  • In the pole vault Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier of Quebec finished first in her qualifying group to secure a spot in the final on Friday
  • Daniel Harper of Brampton, ON will advance to the final tomorrow in the men’s 400m; Nathan Vadeboncoeur of Winnipeg, MB does not advance
  • Rebecca Johnstone of Bowen Island, BC finished second in her semi-final with a time of 2:04.13 and will advance to the 800m final tomorrow
  • Sherbrooke Quebec's Alex Genest will advance to the 3000-metre steeplechase final on Saturday; Meredith McGregor of Surrey BC did not advance in the women's steeplechase

2009 Summer Universiade continues through to Sunday July 12; for full results visit:

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