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OLYMPIC EVENTS FOR JULY 25
- Swimming: Canada’s women swimmers are having a big weekend in the pool. Maggie Mac Neil won her second medal of the games – Canada’s first gold medal – in the 100 m butterfly. Summer McIntosh came 4th in the 400 m freestyle final soon after, setting a new Canadian record. And Kylie Masse came first in her semi-final heat, so she’ll compete for gold in the 100 m backstroke today.
- Judo: Jessica Klimkait, a 24-year-old from Whitby, Ont. with a shot at a medal, won her quarterfinal match against Bulgaria’s Ivelina Ilieva, but lost to Julia Kowalczyk of Poland in the semi-finals. She takes on Kaja Kajzer of Slovenia for the Bronze medal.
- Tennis: Canadian Leylah Fernandez lost her Round 2 tennis match, but Japan’s Naomi Osaka beat Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic to advance to the third round.
- Skateboarding: Japanese teen Nishiya won Olympic gold in women’s street skateboarding. Canadian Annie Gugila got to compete after injury for a South African competitor opened up a spot for the Montrealer whose decision to fly to Tokyo as an alternate paid off – though she didn’t qualify for the final round.
OFF THE FIELD
- Weather: Olympic organizers say there is no plan to reschedule any more events due to the tropical storm headed toward the main Japanese island of Honshu. Only rowing and archery events have been moved.
- Uniforms: The official Olympic broadcaster’s CEO said that coverage of the Games will focus only on athletes’ performances and adopt a more gender-neutral approach to filming, after criticism of the strict rules for women’s uniforms exposes double-standards.
- Politics: As the Olympics get under way, support for Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga fell to its lowest point since he took office in September 2020. The PM’s dream scenario was to contain COVID-19, host a successful Olympic Games and then call a general election – a plan that’s been upended by surging COVID-19 cases.
- COVID-19: The Dutch rowing team has agreed to isolation measures after positive COVID-19 tests after one of its athletes, a coach and a staff member have all tested positive for COVID-19. The last official count of COVID-19 cases linked to the Games was 137.
- Photo-op: Athletes are allowed to briefly remove their masks while on the podium for photo opportunities according to a new policy from the International Olympic Committee. Outside of the 30-second window to snap photos, masks are still mandatory.
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Skylar Park planning ahead for next Olympics after elimination from Tokyo Games in taekwondo
Skylar Park of Winnipeg fell to Taiwan’s Chai-Ling Lo after reaching the women’s taekwondo quarter-final. Earlier this morning, Park bested Australia’s Stacey Hymer to advance to this stage in the competition. The highly-touted 22-year-old from Winnipeg – ranked number three in the world in her 57-kg weight class – spoke through tears on Sunday after losing out in the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
COVID-19 precautions at Olympics merely a “theatre of safety” during Sunday’s swimming events
The stands at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre may be mostly barren of spectators, but about two- or three-hundred athletes, coaches and officials were still in attendance. During introductions, cheering echoed through the arena. As the events kicked off, so too did the sparse audience kick off their masks. When their countrypeople won, COVID-19 protocols went out the window in favour of hugging. This performance begs the question, if athletes and officials are “permitted to whoop it up in the stands, why weren’t the Japanese people invited to attend an event they paid for?” Columnist Cathal Kelly writes, “The people forced to stay home aren’t watching the safest major sports tournament ever staged. They are watching the theatre of safety. They are watching farce.”
Legendary Olympians are great performers, and Penny Oleksiak is one of them
Penny Oleksiak has done it again, driving the women’s freestyle relay team to a silver place finish and securing her fifth Olympic medal. At just 21, Oleksiak is only one medal behind the two greatest Canadian Olympians by overall medal performance – Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes, who both brought home six medals each. In the intervening years between the Rio and Tokyo Olympics, Oleksiak kept a low profile. But now that all eyes are on her, she’s doing what she does best – winning.
Tokyo Olympic events to watch tomorrow, July 26
- Swimming, 6 a.m.: Canadians Penny Oleksiak and Summer McIntosh hit the pool for the 200-metre freestyle heat at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
- Basketball, 4:20 a.m.: Flag-bearer Miranda Ayim competes in the women’s basketball tournament where Canada will be facing off against Serbia – one of the favourites to win.
- Volleyball, 6:40 a.m.: The Canadian men’s team will square off with Japan in volleyball – a shot at redemption after dropping their opening match against Italy. Canada has yet to win an Olympic medal in volleyball.
- Softball, 1:30 a.m.: Canada will attempt to bring home its first Olympic medal in softball during this bronze medal game against Italy.
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