Summer Universiade - Efimova wins fourth Universiade gold in Kazan

Round-up: Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova claimed another gold in the women's 50m breaststroke final at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan.

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The Olympic 200m breaststroke bronze medallist stopped the clock at 30.12 seconds to secure victory with a new Universiade record. It was her fourth gold of the competition.

Petra Chokova placed second with a time of 30.99 seconds, while Valentina Artemyeva finished third with 31.39 seconds.

Elsewhere, Italy's women's water polo team beat Canada 6-5 to secure the bronze medal. The final will be contested by Russia and Hungary.

In volleyball, the Japanese men’s team secured bronze after a 3-0 win over Ukraine. Russia and Poland will battle for gold.

In rugby sevens, the host nation beat South Africa 17-14 to book their place in the final, where they will meet the winner of the other semi-final between France and Great Britain.

In the women's rugby sevens, Italy downed Great Britain to earn the chance to win gold. The Italian side registered a 14-5 win over the Brits, and will now play Russia in the final. Russia booked their place with a 31-5 mauling of Canada.

Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun, just like compatriot Efimova, won her fourth gold medal of the Universiade after claiming victory in the women's individual ribbon final.

Mamun's 18.566 points was enough to secure yet another gold, while silver went to Alexandra Merkulova, also of Russia. Miteva of Bulgaria took bronze (17.866).

Earlier, Mamun had won in the individual all-around exercises with hoop and clubs.

Meanwhile, two-times Olympic champion Evgeniya Kanaeva revealed one of the reason behind Russia's success in the gymnastics competition.

"It's great that each of our girls has her own programme, the girls do not repeat others' exercises and perform the very good exercises. Of course, they ask me for advice, but also they give their opinion, we have a very close-knit family," Kanaeva said.

"For sure, I try to see only the good in people, but there are errors, it's a sport, and no errors are allowed here. We hope and support."

South Korean Yongkyu Lim, seeded third, won the men's singles tennis tournament after beating Antso Rakotondramanga from Madagascar in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-2. Konstantin Kravchuk from Russia and Maxime Quinqueneau from France shared bronze.

London Olympics Greco-Roman wrestling champion Roman Vlasov remains on course to add Universiade gold to his collection after defeating 2012 Olympic silver medallist Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia in the men's 74 kg.

Victory for Vlasov sees him progress to the semi-finals, where he will meet Belarusian Aliaksandr Dzemyanovich.

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