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OLYMPIC EVENTS FOR JULY 31
- Swimming: Team Canada has won bronze in women’s 4x100m medley relay, securing Canada’s thirteenth medal of the games. The bronze is also Penny Oleksiak’s seventh Olympic medal, making her Canada’s most decorated Olympian ever.
- Track: Having headlined with three medals at the 2016 Olympics, Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse cruised into tomorrow morning’s semifinals of the men’s 100 metres this morning, winning his heat race in a season-best time of 9.91 seconds.
- Wrestling: Rio Olympic wrestling champ Erica Wiebe lost her opening bout Saturday and has been eliminated from the Tokyo Games. Wiebe dropped a 5-4 decision to Estonia’s Epp Maee in the women’s 76-kilogram round-of-16 matchup. The Estonian ran up an early five-point lead that Wiebe eventually chipped away at with scores for a takedown and an exposure but she never fully realized a comeback.
OFF THE FIELD
- Simone Biles: Simone Biles is withdrawing from the event final for floor exercise at Tokyo. She has one event left that she’s qualified for, the beam. Biles will make a decision later this week on whether she’ll participate in the event. Biles withdrew from the team finals on Tuesday, citing mental health issues and a case of the ‘twisties’.
- COVID-19: As COVID-19 cases in Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, Olympic organizers said they revoked accreditation of a Games-related person or people for leaving the athletes’ village for sightseeing. Also, Tokyo Olympics organizers said they were trying to improve conditions for athletes quarantined at the Games, following complaints over a lack of air, food and basic necessities while in isolation.
- Anime fans: As Canada’s Sarah Pavan faces the world on the beach volleyball court in Tokyo, she’s garnering support from an unexpected demographic: fans of Japanese animation. She has tapped into a community of anime enthusiasts through her YouTube channel.
- Sexual Misconduct: Alen Hadzic, an alternate on the U.S. Olympic fencing team who is accused of sexual misconduct, has been ostracized in Tokyo and prevented from staying in the Olympic Village. On Friday, his teammates protested his presence. During introductions for the team épée competition, three U.S. fencers wore pink masks in support of sexual assault victims, while Hadzic was left wearing a black one.
- Mental health: In pursuit of a Tokyo Olympic gold, American boxer Keyshawn Davis spoke on the mental health challenges athletes have to face, including his own. The conversation on athletes’ mental health was sparked this week following American gymnast Simone Biles withdrawals from Olympic events.
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More Olympic updates for July 31
- Women’s Basketball: After a 76-66 loss to Spain in women’s basketball Canada is on the brink of elimination. Ranked fourth in the world by FIBA, Canada needs a South Korean upset in that one to finish second in the group. If that doesn’t happen, the Canadians will wind up third
- Men’s weightlifting: Placing fourth, Canada’s Boady Santavy fell just short of a medal in the 96-kilogram weighlifting category.
- Men’s golf: Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes and Corey Conners are tied for 17th at 7-under par after three rounds at the Olympic men’s golf tournament.
- Women’s diving: There will only be one Canadian, Jennifer Abel, in Sunday’s three-metre springboard final after a costly mistake by Pamela Ware in Saturday’s semifinal.
- Women’s boxing: Canadian boxer Tammara Thibeault was defeated by the more experienced Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the women’s middleweight quarterfinal.
The Olympic experience
Globe visual journalist Melissa Tait is in Tokyo capturing Canada’s athletes as they chase the podium.
In photos: Canada's Kylie Masse wins silver and other Tokyo Olympic highlights
From The Globe’s Olympic team
At Tokyo Olympics of 1964, Canadian athletes took steps toward a revolution for women
Today, Team Canada’s women are dominating the podium. The last time Canadians were in Tokyo, gender barriers abounded in sport, and the country was an Olympic weakling. After that, everything changed, writes Nathan VanderKlippe. In many ways, the legacy of Canada’s 1964 Olympians came not in Tokyo, but in the ensuing decades of advocacy, leadership and admonitions against sexist language that reconfigured the architecture of sport in Canada – and the place of women in it.
From harassment to mental health, female athletes at the Tokyo Olympics bring important issues to the forefront
With no fans at the Tokyo Olympics, the stadiums don’t roar. They echo. For those few in attendance, the disinfection stations at every juncture are a physical manifestation of what organizers want these Games to be: sterile. But in stripping away the pageantry, the pandemic has laid bare some of what lies below the surface of sport. Without spectators to drown them out, the noise has come from the athletes themselves. What has resulted has been an Olympics that has become consequential in ways far beyond the field of competition. Read Nathan VanderKlippe’s full story here.
Novak Djokovic’s exit at the Tokyo Olympics reminds us that no outcome is guaranteed — even for the very best
“It’s not often you can see that you know exactly how one of the world’s greatest athletes is feeling.” opines Cathal Kelly. “But as Novak Djokovic was hammer-throwing his raquet into the empty stands at the Ariake Tennis Centre, you recognized the look. He’d had right up to here with the pandemic Olympics.”
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. 1
- Early in the morning: Jennifer Abel looks for another diving medal for Canada in women’s 3m springboard (2 a.m. ET).
- Later in the morning: Don’t miss Andre De Grasse in the men’s 100 metres semifinal (6:15 a.m. ET) and potentially in the final (8:50 a.m. ET).
Check the full Olympic schedule for the latest event times and competitors.
The Tokyo Olympics: Essential reads
Read a visual explainer on speed climbing, a new addition to the Olympics.
How did Canada’s swimmers use data to get stronger? Grant Robertson and Timothy Moore explain.
What athletes and teams should Canadians look out for? Consult our guide.
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