Shomporko Online News Desk: Canadian athletes managed to qualify for further events in track and field at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday, but missed out on medals in the day’s canoe, kayak, and sailing events.
Here’s what you may have missed from the day of the competition.
Fresh off his bronze medal win in the 100-meter dash over the weekend, Andre De Grasse proved he’s not done in Tokyo after winning his semifinal in the men’s 200-meter and setting a new Canadian record in the process.
Fellow Canadian Aaron Brown also finished first in his own semifinal, and both moved on to the finals Thursday night.
Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed and Justyn Knight are both through to the men’s 5000-meter finals on Friday, after qualifying in the semifinals.
Kyra Constantine’s fifth-place finish in her heat of the women’s 400-meter qualifiers was fast enough for her to move into Wednesday’s semifinals. She won’t be joined by Natassha McDonald, however, who finished last in her heat.
Camryn Rogers came in fifth in the women’s hammer throw, after missing several of her throws in the competition.
Elizabeth Gleadle missed out on the women’s javelin throw final after placing 11th in the qualifying round.
The women’s team of Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Duehring, Annie Foreman-Mackey, and Georgia Simmerling defeated the French team in their first-round heat.
Their time qualified the team for the bronze medal race later in the day against the United States, which they lost for a fourth-place position in the final rankings.
Vincent de Haitre, Michael Foley, Derek Gee, and Jay Lamoureux of the men’s team managed to defeat Germany in their own first-round heat. The final round of the men’s races will take place Wednesday.
Andreanne Langlois managed to qualify for the final of the women’s single kayak 200-meter sprint after placing third in the semifinals but came in last in the gold medal race.
The team of Roland Varga and Connor Fitzpatrick managed a sixth-place finish in the men’s double canoe 1,000-metre final, after also placing third in their semifinal round earlier in the day.
Michelle Russell placed seventh in her single kayak 200-meter semi-final race and was relegated to the non-medal “petite” final, where she tied for fourth with Serbia.
Tom Ramshaw finished seventh in the final race of the men’s one-person heavyweight fin dinghy event but placed 10th in the overall rankings.
Ellie Black, who was coming off an ankle injury, finished in fourth place in the balance beam event. Two athletes from China won gold and silver, and the American gymnast Simone Biles won bronze.
The men’s team was knocked out of the competition by Russia in a 3-0 quarterfinal bout, ending Canada’s quest for a medal.
The United States defeated the Canadian women’s team 16-5 in the quarterfinal, sending Canada to a fifth-to-eighth placing match that will take place on Thursday.
Both Canadian women’s pairs were eliminated from the tournament Tuesday. Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson lost to a team from Latvia, and later, world champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes lost in a close match against Australia.
Neither team will advance to the semifinals.
Source_ The Canadian Press