TAIPEI CITY – Trinity Western alum James Linde (Coquitlam, B.C.) made history Saturday as he became the Spartans first ever medallist at the Summer Universiade, winning silver in the 200m in Taipei City.
Linde clocked a time of 20.96 to capture second place at the biennial world university competition. The medal was Canada’s first in athletics at the Taipei Universiade.
“I had no idea I was second when I crossed the line so when I saw my name up there I almost teared up,” Linde said. “I never expected a medal and that was amazing. I haven’t competed internationally very much. This is all kind of new and surreal for me. These guys are people I would have thought to be untouchable once upon a time, so this year has been fantastic for me.”
The silver medal capped an amazing season for the just-graduated Linde, who finished fourth in the 200m at the Canadian championships, posting a wind-aided 20.64 in the final.
This summer, he posted personal bests of 20.72 in the 200m and 10.42 in the 100m. He had something of a coming out party when he finished secondly only to Andre De Grasse in the 200m at the Harry Jerome Meet in Coquitlam, B.C.
TWU’s Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) will run in the 1500m final Aug. 28 at 4:15 a.m. (PT). She qualified for the final with a time of 4:19.97 in Round 1.
Team Canada Website: http://en.usports.ca/universiade/summer/2017/index
Taipei 2017 Website: https://www.taipei2017.com.tw/home
Earlier in the Taipei Universiade, Linde just missed the 100m semfinals, when he posted a time of 10.67 in the second round.
Fellow Spartan alum Nathan George (Coquitlam) posted the seventh fastest 400m time in the semfinals (46.47), but missed the final.