2013 Team Canada medal haul upgraded due to doping infractions

Gold medal for men's 4x400 relay team and bronze for women's steeplechaser

July 16th, 2018 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , ,

Photo: Brendan Cleary

The long arm of doping control has reached five years into the past, resulting in some good news for the Canadian track athletes who ran in the FISU Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia back in 2013.

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Thanks to recent doping sanctions by FISU (International University Sports Federation), the Canadian men’s 4x400m relay team, consisting of Michael Robertson (a University of Ottawa student at the time), Benjamin Ayesu-Attah (University of Idaho), Tyler Harper (South Plains College) and Brendon Rodney (Long Island University–Brooklyn) have been upgraded from silver to gold, and Chantelle Groenewoud (University of Illinois) was upgraded from fourth place to bronze in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. 

Chantelle Groenewoud and Jessica Furlan celebrate their PBs after the race in Russia. Photo: Jessica Furlan.

Groenewoud’s time of 9:51.17 was a PB for her, and only 0.7 seconds off the Canadian national record at the time.

This increases Team Canada’s total medal haul in the multi-sport event to 17, putting it in fifth place overall for golds and sixth place for total medals.