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SHENZHEN, China, August 19. PLENTY of different countries all earned gold on the final night of competition at the World University Games in Shenzhen. The meet took place in long course meter format.
Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus just missed her meet record of 24.62 from 2009 in the women's 50 free with a triumphant time of 24.66 tonight in the splash-and-dash. She has been faster this year with a fourth-ranked 24.57 from the Belarus Nationals in April. Ukraine's Darya Stepanyuk took second in 25.12, while Australia's Cate Campbell placed third in 25.17.
Italy's Lucio Spadaro topped the men's 50 free in 22.30, touching out USA's Adam Small (22.31) by the slimmest of margins. Japan's Shinri Shioura wound up third overall in 22.37.
Japan's Shiho Sakai claimed the women's 200 back crown in 2:09.75, well off her fifth-ranked season best of 2:07.74 from the Monaco stop of the Mare Nostrum in June. Canada's Hilary Caldwell placed second in 2:11.12, while Spain's Duane Da Rocha picked up third in 2:11.24.
Italy's Rocco Potenza nearly cleared 15:00 in the men's 1500 free with a victorious 15:00.57. That performance whacked more than five seconds from his previously 16th-ranked season best of 15:06.13 from June. He now sits ninth in the world with his effort from tonight. Japan's Yohsuke Miyamoto touched second in 15:04.86 to move to 14th in the world, while Ukraine's Sergii Frolov completed the podium with a third-place 15:06.17, bettering his 21st-ranked season best of 15:06.77 from Barcelona in June.
China's Sun Ye snared the women's 100 breast title in 1:07.53, half-a-second back of her seventh-ranked season best of 1:07.08 from Worlds. Canada's Tera Van Beilen took second in 1:08.24, while Japan's Satomi Suzuki earned third in 1:08.45.
Japan's Ryosuke Irie (53.56), Ryo Tateishi (1:00.04), Masayuki Kishida (52.46), and Shinri Shioura (48.96) drew the curtains on the 2011 edition of the Universiade with a winning time of 3:35.02 in the men's 400 medley relay. USA's Rex Tullius (55.15), Adam Klein (1:01.17), Tim Phillips (52.55) and Jimmy Feigen (49.05) finished second in 3:37.92. New Zealand's Gareth Kean (54.24), Glenn Snyders (59.63), Kurt Bassett (54.60) and Matt Stanley (50.28) placed third in 3:38.75.