Friday, July 19, 2013

27th Universiade Closes In Glittering 3D Display


KAZAN, (Russia), July 18 (Bernama) -- The 27th World University Games (Universiade) came to a close Wednesday night in a glittering display of three-dimensional (3D) lights and music.

Some 45,000 people thronged the Kazan Arena for the closing ceremony which started with a 3D musical video clip on the Russian life entitled 'Russia is a planet with human face' followed by the rendition of 'We Are Young' song by local singers.

The spectators applauded as 162 contingents filed into the stadium for the farewell parade.

About 7,000 athletes vied for honours in the 12-day competition which saw host Russia finished atop the table with 155 golds, 75 silvers and 62 bronzes.

Clad in 'Tiger of Malaya' attire, the Malaysian contingent, which is made up of 114 athletes and 64 officials, was led into the Kazan Arena by chef de mission Datuk Dr Kassim Mohd Mansor.

Malaysia finished 59th with three bronzes, all from badminton - Iskandar Zulkarnain (individual singles), Loh Wei Sheng/Jagdish Singh (men's doubles) and Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean (women's doubles).

In Universiade 2011 in Shenzen, China, Malaysia finished with one silver and two bronzes, all from diving events.

The next Universiade will be held in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015.

China finished runners-up after collecting 26 golds, 29 silvers and 22 bronzes followed by Japan (24-28-32).

Thailand emerged the strongest Asean's contingent and ranked 23rd with two golds, seven silvers and six bronzes.

From Nursyabiha Sukri -- BERNAMA

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