Latest Olympic highlights
OLYMPIC EVENTS FOR AUG. 5
- Evan Dunfee brings home Canada’s first race walk medal: Canada’s Evan Dunfee claimed bronze in the men’s 50-kilometre race walk, the first medal won by Canada in the event. The 30-year-old from Richmond, B.C., reached the podium in a race of attrition amid the heat and humidity of Sapporo. Dunfee caught Spain’s Marc Tur over the final strides and threw his arms in the air at the finish line in 3:50:59.
- Damian Warner claims gold: Damian Warner won the men’s decathlon, scoring 9,018 points, the most in Olympic history and has become the fourth person in history to break the 9,000 point barrier in the event. Warner broke an Olympic decathlon record yesterday with a 13.46 second finish in the 110-metre hurdles. He finished third in discus throw, and cleared 4.90-metres in the pole vault. With a series of career best results Warner finally claims Canada’s first Olympic gold in the event.
- Cyclist Lauriane Genest earns bronze in women’s keirin: Lauriane Genest, who barely made it into the final, finishing 0.005 seconds ahead of Russian Olympic Committee’s Daria Shmeleva, claimed bronze today in women’s keirin. Genest finished just 0.148 seconds behind Dutch winner Shanne Braspennincx and 0.061 behind New Zealand’s silver medallist, Ellesse Andrews. Genest is the second Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in an individual track cycling race after Edmonton’s Lori-Ann Muenzer captured sprint gold in 2004.
- Laurence Vincent-Lapointe wins first-ever Olympic silver in canoe sprint: Vincent-Lapointe, a dominant canoeing force for more than a decade, had to wait for the sport’s international federation and the International Olympic Committee to make room for women to race at the Olympics. The women’s event was finally included at this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Vincent-Lapointe stood on its first podium, claiming silver with a time of 46.786 seconds.
OFF THE FIELD
- The IOC changes the kickoff time for the women’s soccer final: Olympic organizers are changing the start time of the women’s soccer gold-medal game between Canada and Sweden. The match will now be played Friday (9 p.m. local time, or 8 a.m. EDT) at International Stadium Yokohama. Both women’s soccer teams asked to avoid kicking off in the Olympic Stadium at 11 a.m. local time Friday, citing concerns to players’ health as the forecast temperature at that time is around 31 C.
- Two Belarus officials stripped of Games accreditation as sprinter saga continues: Two Belarus Olympic officials involved in attempting to force sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya to return home from Tokyo have had their Games accreditation revoked and will be leaving the city, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. Tsimanouskaya arrived in Warsaw on Wednesday evening after she refused her coaches’ instruction to return to her homeland. She sought Japanese police protection and was offered a humanitarian visa by Polish authorities.
- Greece battles wildfires for three days saving the site of the ancient Olympics: The fire near the archeological Games site in Ancient Olympia continued to burn wooded areas today, prompting the evacuation of more villages, but its treasures have escaped danger. The site is where the Olympic flame begins its journey to the city hosting the modern Olympics.
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Olympic updates for Aug. 5
- Latest in canoe sprint: Recent silver medallist Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and her teammate Katie Vincent qualified for the women’s C-2 500-metre canoe sprint final. Canada also qualified for the men’s K-4 500-metre canoe sprint final with a fifth-place performance at the quarter-finals. The women’s team fell just under a second short of making it to the gold-medal race. Canada’s Connor Fitzpatrick will compete in the C-1 1000-metre canoe sprint final.
- LePage sets personal best in decathlon: 25-year-old Pierce LePage finished fifth in his Olympic debut in Tokyo, scoring a personal best 8,604 points.
- U.S. men’s basketball team advance to finals: After struggling in the first half against a tough opponent, the American men’s basketball team pulled off a semi-final victory against Australia. They won 97-78 and will advance to the gold-medal game against France in an attempt at bringing home their fourth consecutive gold in men’s basketball.
- Japan and the U.S. will battle for gold in baseball: The Olympic gold medal in baseball, after a 13-year absence of the sport from the Olympic Games, will come down to the tournament’s two best teams: Japan and the United States.
The Olympic experience
In photos: Canadian Laurence Vincent-Lapointe wins first ever Olympic silver in canoe sprint and other highlights from the Tokyo Olympics
From The Globe’s Olympic team
Japan excels in skateboarding at Tokyo Olympics, even as the orderly nation remains wary of an unruly sport
Nathan VanderKlippe writes that Japan is, suddenly and improbably, a skateboarding superpower. Much like Jamaicans have dominated sprinting, Japanese skaters have dominated the discipline. Now, Japan needs to sort out what to do with the attention the sport has received.
Japan has used strict laws and vigorous enforcement to maintain a meticulous social order. In the world’s biggest city, urban spaces are free of litter, jaywalking and the ills of disorderly conduct – a category that, for many in the country, includes skateboarding. Japan is by some measures demographically the world’s oldest country, and the grey-haired set doesn’t much like something that looks unruly.
From worries she wouldn’t compete to silver in Tokyo: Vincent-Lapointe stands on the first Olympic women’s canoe sprint podium
In the whirlwind of it all, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe needed to sit down.
The newly minted Canadian Olympic silver medallist had just exited her canoe after the race of her life. She was reliving it now with a breathless string of happy words. She paused to grab a chair and get off her feet while talking animatedly to a throng of reporters huddled in the oppressive Tokyo heat. She wore an ice vest, a canoe pendant around her neck and a Canadian flag around her shoulders.
Just months ago, it seemed this 29-year-old world champ would not be allowed to compete in Tokyo when female canoeists made their debut at the Games in Tokyo. But now, here she was, among the very first female paddlers ever to earn an Olympic medal in a canoe.
Andre De Grasse ‘has another decade of sprinting’ in him, his Olympian youth coach says
After Wednesday night’s triumph, no one will count out De Grasse any more. With five medals, he is already the most decorated Olympic sprinter in Canadian history. What more could he still achieve?
“I think Andre has another decade of sprinting in his body,” said Tony Sharpe, the former Olympic bronze-medal sprinter who is credited with discovering De Grasse at a high-school track meet in 2012. Because De Grasse turned professional after only one season running for the University of Southern California in the NCAA competitions, “he didn’t run a four-year college season,” Sharpe said, speaking to reporters at the news conference after Beverley De Grasse’s remarks. “That can put a lot of mileage on a sprinter. So, he’s got fairly fresh legs for a guy that’s winning Olympic gold already. I can anticipate that he should be around for another two or three Olympic cycles.”
Keep up with the latest behind-the-scenes stories and images from the Olympics in our reporters’ notebook from Tokyo.
Tokyo Olympic events to watch tomorrow, Aug. 6
- Golf: Gold is on the line at the fourth and final round of the women’s competition. (6:30 p.m. EDT)
- Soccer: To avoid Tokyo’s scorching heat the women’s Canada-Sweden gold medal game has been rescheduled. (8 a.m. EDT)
- Track and field: The men’s and women’s 4x100m relay finals are at 9:30 a.m. EDT and 9:50 a.m. EDT, respectively.
Check the full Olympic schedule for the latest event times and competitors.
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