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Follow all 12 of U of T’s Olympic Athletes in Rio

A handy guide for cheering on the U of T alumni and students competing with the Canadian Olympic team: watch this page for schedules and results

August 8, 2016

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We’re very proud of the 12 University of Toronto alumni and students competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check back here as we post updates on schedules and results for these amazing athletes!

Medal count:
One gold – Well done Rosie MacLennan!
No silver
One bronze – Hurrah for Kylie Masse!


Crispin Duenas

Crispin Duenas

Crispin Duenas (BSc 2012 Victoria, BEd 2013)
Event: Men’s Individual
Results: Crispin Duenas beat out Italy’s Marco Galiazzo 6-5 in the round of 64, but was eliminated in the round of 32 after a loss of 3-7 to Zach Garrett from the U.S. He ranked 18th out of 64 athletes in the qualifying round, finishing with 669 out of a possible 720 points.
Follow Crispin on Twitter @crispin_duenas
Read about how Crispin Duenas prepared for the Olympic games in 2012.


Photo of Alicia Brown running in a race

Alicia Brown (left). Photo: University of Alberta

Alicia Brown (BA 2013 UTM)
Events: 400 metres, 4×400-metre relay
Results: Alicia Brown and the rest of the Canadian women’s 4×400-metre relay team finished fourth in the finals with a time of 3:26:43! They placed fifth in the qualifying round with a time of 3:24:94. In the women’s individual 400-metre race, she came in fifth in her heat in round 1 with a time of 52.27, placing 28th overall.
Follow Alicia on Twitter: @_AliciaBrown

Photo of Gabriela Stafford running in an outdoor race

Gabriela Stafford. Photo: Michael P. Hall

Gabriela Stafford, third-year psychology student
Event: 1500 metres
Results: In her first Olympic games, Gabriela Stafford ranked 19th after completing her first heat in a time of 4:09:45.
Follow Gabriela on Twitter: @gstafford13


Michelle Li

Michelle Li

Michelle Li, former kinesiology student
Event: Women’s singles
Results: Michelle Li defeated Hungary’s Laura Sárosi 2-0 in her opening match, but was eliminated after losing 2-1 to India’s P.V. Sindhu in her second preliminary match.
Follow Michelle on Twitter: @miichelleli

Beach Volleyball

Photo of Heather Bansley in competition

Heather Bansley. Photo: FIVB

Heather Bansley (BA 2010 UC)
Results: Heather Bansley and partner Sarah Pavan defeated Kristina Valjas and Jamie Broder in an all-Canadian round of 16 match, which continued their streak of 2-0 wins from the preliminaries, but they were stopped by Germany’s Britta Buthe and Karla Borger in the quarterfinals. They were undefeated in their pool in their matches against the German team, Netherland’s Sophie van Gestel and Jantine van der Vlist and the Swiss team of Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr.
Follow Heather on Twitter: @HeatherBansley

Josh Binstock

Josh Binstock

Josh Binstock (BPHE 2005)
Results: In their last match of the preliminary round, Josh Binstock and his partner, Sam Schachter, lost after three sets against Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst. Similarly, they lost their second match against Italy’s Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri 2-1. They lost their opening match to Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt, ranked 1 in the world, in a very close game (21-19, 22-20).
Follow Josh on Twitter: @drjoshbinstock

Photo of Kristina Valjas and Jamie Broder holding gold medals

Kristina Valjas (left). Photo: FIVB

Kristina Valjas (BA 2010 UC)
Results: Kristina Valjas and partner Jamie Broder lost 2-0 in the round of 16 match against the other Canadian team of Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan. In their preliminary matches, they defeated the Egyptian team of Doaa Elghobashy and Nada Meawad by 2-0, lost two straight sets to Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, ranked 1 in the world, and won their opening match against Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini of Italy 2-1.
Follow Kristina on Twitter: @KristinaValjas


Belinda Trussell

Belinda Trussell

Belinda Trussell (BComm 1994 UTM)
Event: Individual Dressage
Results: Belinda Trussell and her horse, Anton, scored 72.325% in the Grand Prix Special. They came in 28th place in the Grand Prix event with a score of 72.214%, securing a spot in the Grand Prix Special.
Read why Belinda Trussell would rather you didn’t applaud at her events.


Jason Burnett

Jason Burnett

Jason Burnett (BA 2015 Woodsworth)
Event: Trampoline
Results: Jason Burnett ranked 14th in the qualifying rounds with a score of 103.715.
Follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonBurnett_

Rosie MacLennan

Rosie MacLennan. Photo by Sandy Nicholson

Rosie MacLennan (BPHE 2011), master’s candidate
Event: Trampoline
Results: Rosie MacLennan brings home Canada’s second gold of the Rio Olympics!
Follow Rosie on Twitter: @RosieMacLennan
Read about Rosie MacLennan’s golden trampoline career.

Modern Pentathlon

Donna Vakalis

Donna Vakalis

Donna Vakalis (MArch 2009), engineering PhD candidate
Event: Modern Pentathlon
Results: Donna Vakalis ranked fourth in the round-robin fencing tournament on the first day of the modern pentathlon! On the second day featuring all five events, Donna Vakalis ranked fifth in the fencing bonus round and 31st in both the swimming and the combined running and shooting events. She was eliminated in horse riding and finished 33rd overall.
Read more at:
Follow Donna on Twitter: @SportIsAllOver
Read why Donna Vakalis thinks engineering studies are helpful in athletics.


Kylie Masse. Photo by Michael P. Hall

Kylie Masse. Photo by Michael P. Hall

Kylie Masse, kinesiology student
Event: 100-metre backstroke, 4×100-metre medley relay
Results: Kylie Masse and her teammates, Taylor Ruck, Rachel Nicol and Noemie Thomas, came in fifth in the 4×100-metre medley relay finals after placing second in the heats. After placing third in the heats and ranking 5th in the semifinals of the 100-metre backstroke, she tied for a bronze medal and just missed silver by .01 second!
Follow Kylie on Twitter: @Kjmasse
Read about Kylie Masse’s ascent to the top of women’s swimming.

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