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OLYMPIC EVENTS FOR JULY 24
- Swimming: Canada’s women’s 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay team has won a silver medal – the country’s first of the Games. The young team finished in a time of three minutes 32.78, with Australia winning gold in a world-record time of 3:29.69, while the U.S. finished third in 3:32.81.
- Boxing: Canadian Boxer Mandy Bujold’s long journey to the Olympics is over with a loss in her first match of the games. But her real win happened outside the ring, winning human-rights appeal in order to attend the games, and paving the way for a standard of accommodation for women who were pregnant or postpartum during the qualifying period.
- Skateboarding: Canada’s Mickey Papa and Matt Berger competed in the men’s street skateboarding competition tonight, finishing in 10th and 20th place respectively. A late decision to fly to Tokyo to serve as a skateboarding alternate has paid off for Canada’s Annie Guglia, who will now get to compete after a South African athlete is out with an injury.
- Judo: Japan’s Naohisa Takato won gold in the men’s under 60 kilogram competition for judo, with Japan’s Funa Tonaki securing silver in the women’s under 48 kilogram category. Japan, the birthplace of judo, holds more medals in the sport than any other country. With 86 medals in total, one in five of Japan’s Olympic medals are in judo.
OFF THE FIELD
- COVID-19: Olympics organizers reported 10 new Olympics-related COVID-19 cases, bringing the disclosed total to 132. Dutch rowing coach Josy Verdonkschot was one of the recent positive tests. On Friday, the very first match of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament was cancelled because a Czech player tested positive for COVID-19.
- Viewership: In the U.S., NBC says its broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies hit a 33-year low, drawing 16.7 million viewers. For comparison, the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games broadcasted by CBC attracted a total of 31 million Canadian viewers over the whole games.
- Refugees: Three athletes competing for the Refugee Olympic team will attend Sheridan College in Ontario this fall as part of the first cohort of a new athletic stream of the Student Refugee Program. Rose Nathike Likonyen, Paulo Amotun Lokoro and James Nyang Chiengjiek fled South Sudan as children and grew up in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya where they currently live.
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Tokyo Olympic events to watch tomorrow, July 25
- Softball: Canada’s women’s team plays its fourth game of the Olympics against Japan at 1:30 a.m. ET after beating Australia 7-1 in its previous game.
- Swimming: Keep an eye out for Kylie Masse in the women’s 100-metre backstroke and 14-year-old Summer McIntosh of Toronto in the women’s 400-metre freestyle events.
- Judo: Elimination rounds are scheduled for 10 p.m. (ET) for the women’s 57-kilogram, the weight category for Jessica Klimkait of Team Canada.
- Diving: Canada will compete in the women’s three-metre synchronized springboard, represented by the veteran Olympian Jennifer Abel alongside Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu, who is making her Olympic debut this year.
- Taekwondo: In the women’s 57-kilogram weight class, Skylar Park is hoping to bring home Canada’s first medal in taekwondo since the 20018 Beijing Olympics. She topped the podium in the sport at the Pan Am Games this year.
- Cycling: Leah Kirchmann of Winnipeg, Karol-Ann Canuel of Amos, Que., and Alison Jackson of Vermilion, Alta are competing in the women’s road race alongside 64 other competitors. The race kicks off in Tokyo and brings the cyclists 137 kilometres to the foothills of Mount Fuji.
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