Oceanside’s Thomas Riva in action at the Canada Summer Games in Quebec at the Canada Summer Games after receiving his gold medal for finishing first in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m (François Nadeau photo)
By James Clarke – August 22, 2013
PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS – Oceanside standout Thomas Riva is back from the Canada Summer Games where he capped off his season by taking gold in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m.
Simply put, “Thomas had an outstanding meet,” confirmed Oceanside Track and Field coach Kim Longmuir.
Played out Aug. 2-17, the 2013 Canada Summer Games were held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where more than 1,200 of our country’s best competed in 17 sports.
Riva wasn’t available for comment, but the Kwalikum Secondary School grad was in great form at the Games where he was competing in Athletics, and was a force in the 1,500m when he lopped three seconds off his personal best time for the win at 3.45:87.
In the 800m final last Friday he finished second in a time of 1:48.91. He’s currently ranked fourth in Canada in the 800m.
In both events he qualified for the finals out of a field of 22.
Thomas, 21, is heading into his fourth year at UVic where he’s majoring in engineering.
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