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OLYMPIC EVENTS FOR AUG. 3
- Canadians make statement to open men’s decathlon: Damian Warner of Canada, the men’s decathlon Olympic bronze medalist in 2016, began his quest for gold in Tokyo with a 100-metre sprint of 10.12 seconds, tying the world record he set in 2019. He also had success in the long jump and shot put to lead after three events with a score of 2966. Warner is joined in the decathlon field by countryman Pierce LePage, whose consistency through three events has him in second at 2773 points. In the women’s heptathlon, Canadian Georgia Ellenwood placed 13th in the opening event, the 100-metre hurdles, and sat in 8th after the high jump.
- Andre De Grasse breaks Canadian record, heads to 200-metre final with Aaron Brown: Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown both won their semifinal races and will proceed to the 200-metre final tomorrow (8:55 a.m. ET). De Grasse posted 19.73 seconds – a new Canadian record and the best result of all the semifinalists – while Brown posted 19.99 seconds. Both Canadians now have a shot at the podium. De Grasse, who won the silver medal for the 200-m in Rio in 2016 and won the bronze in Tokyo’s 100-m this weekend, will aim to win his fifth overall Olympic medal.
- Simone Biles returns to win balance beam bronze, Canadian Ellie Black places fourth: American star Simone Biles won bronze and Canada’s Ellie Black followed with fourth place at the balance beam final, which is the last women’s gymnastics event in Tokyo. Both Biles and Black had been out of competition at Tokyo prior to today’s event: Black returned after an ankle injury removed her from participation last week, and Simone Biles came back after a high-profile withdrawal from several events due to mental health concerns. With today’s performance, Biles leaves Tokyo with a seventh overall Olympic medal.
- Henderson, Sharp well back of leaders after women’s golf first round: Canadians Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp hit the links in the women’s golf event Wednesday, but with identical rounds of 3-over par, both have plenty of ground to make up in the coming days.
OFF THE FIELD
- Extreme heat prompts women’s soccer finalists to request new time for match: The Canadian and Swedish women’s soccer teams may be foes on the pitch, but they agree on one thing: their Olympic gold-medal match should be postponed until later in the evening because of the extreme heat forecast for Tokyo. The two teams made the request to Olympic organizers early Wednesday.
- Belarusian sprinter expects punishment back home: Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who accused team officials of trying to force her to leave the Olympics early, said Tuesday that her country’s officials “made it clear” that she would face punishment if she returned home. Poland granted her a humanitarian visa on Monday and she plans to fly to Warsaw this week, according to an activist group that is helping her.
- More athletes withdraw due to COVID-19: Greece have withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics artistic swimming competitions after four of their athletes tested positive for COVID-19. Tokyo Olympics organizers on Tuesday reported 18 new Games-related COVID-19 cases, bringing the total since July 1 to 294.
- Second anti-doping rule violation: Georgian shot putter Benik Abrahamyan has been provisionally suspended and will miss Tuesday’s competition at the Tokyo Olympics after failing a doping test for steroids. This is the second anti-doping rule violation in Tokyo after Nigerian sprinter and 2008 Olympics long jump silver medalist Blessing Okagbare was also provisionally suspended.
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- Hurdling world record falls: American Sydney McLaughlin has broken her own world record to win the women’s 400-metre hurdles in 51.46 seconds. She edged out Dalilah Muhammad, who won silver to make it a U.S. 1-2 finish. Muhammad, who set the world record twice in 2019 and won the world championship gold medal that year, finished in 51.58. Femke Bol of the Netherlands took bronze in 52.03.
- Women’s beach volleyball: Canada is heading home from women’s beach volleyball empty-handed as both Canadian duos were defeated in the quarterfinals.
- Women’s park skateboarding: Young skaters from Japan and Britain soared to the podium in the women’s park competition on Wednesday, with hometown heroes Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki cinching gold and silver, while Britain’s Sky Brown took bronze.
- Canoe/kayak: Canada’s Andreanne Langlois finished ninth in the women’s kayak single 200-metre, while a pair of Canadians who helped bring women’s canoe to the Olympics, Katie Vincent and Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, each advanced to the semifinals of the women’s canoe single 200m race. Meanwhile, Canadians Roland Varga and Connor Fitzpatrick competed in the A final of the men’s canoe double 1,000-metre, finishing sixth.
- Sport climbing: A new event, sport climbing, featured for the first time Tuesday morning. Qualification competitions for three disciplines – bouldering, speed, and lead – included Canadian Sean McColl, who was unable to qualify for the final, while Wednesday’s women’s event will feature Canadian Alannah Yip. The Globe visually explained speed climbing ahead of the event’s Olympic debut.
- Women’s team pursuit: The Canadian women’s pursuit track cycling team was denied a third straight Olympic bronze medal after losing to the United States in a showdown for third place on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Men’s volleyball: Canada has fallen to the Russian Olympic Committee 3-0 in the Olympic volleyball quarterfinal. Gord Perrin led with 15 points as Canada lost to the Russian Olympic Committee 25-21, 30-28, 25-22.
- Women’s 10-km marathon swimming: Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha led a trio of open-water swimmers to the Olympic podium early on Wednesday, her 1:59.30.8 time edging out Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands and Australia’s Kareena Lee. It was her first medal in her third Olympics.
- Men’s basketball: The semifinalists for one of the Games’ marquee events are set after Slovenia, France, Australia and the United States emerged victorious in their quarterfinal matches. On Thursday local time, France will play Slovenia in one semi, while in the other Australia will take on the United States, who beat reigning World Cup champions Spain.
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Globe visual journalist Melissa Tait is in Tokyo capturing Canada’s athletes as they chase the podium.
"Canada women’s soccer team exacts Tokyo Olympic revenge against the United States after being robbed at London 2012." #CANWNT— 🚀Melissa Tait (@meltait) August 2, 2021
And here is a thread of the women celebrating, because why not. It was so strange, in an empty stadium:https://t.co/iYZfbyDWQW pic.twitter.com/3Zy8AP3aJk
In photos: Canadian gymnast Ellie Black competes alongside Simone Biles in women’s balance beam final and other highlights from the Tokyo Olympics
From The Globe’s Olympic team
Andre De Grasse looks to improve 2016 200-m silver to Tokyo Olympic gold as he posts new Canadian record
For De Grasse, the 200-metre final is a chance to make good on destiny. His boisterous semi-final finish with Bolt in 2016 did not merely provide one of the enduring images of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. It made De Grasse look to all the world like a man marked as next in line in the post-Bolt era. He has already posted a personal-best time this week in the 100 metres, when he ran 9.89 seconds for bronze, writes Nathan VanderKlippe.
But De Grasse has never managed to vanquish a slow start, and it’s hard to win the 100-metre crown when you trail off the blocks. It is in the 200 metres that his distance-devouring top speed triumphs over his leaden start. And sprinters revel in the Tokyo heat that has made archers faint and tennis players beg for mercy.
Simone Biles didn’t have her dream Tokyo Olympics, but she made more impact in reminding us that stars are humans, too
If Biles is disappointed, she needn’t be. She has succeeded here in ways that – forget about ‘unlikely’ – were uninvented a week ago.
She came to Tokyo as a very famous athlete. Had things gone to plan, she would have left it a little more famous. Now she has become something much bigger than that. This was about more than a debate about the perils of fame, or a disingenuous conversation about what athletes owe their teammates, or even about mental health. Those aren’t new conversations.
What was new was was the most observed athlete in the world, in the very moment that observation was occurring, turning to the audience and saying, ‘You do realize I’m a person, right?’ Read Cathal Kelly’s full column here.
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. 4
- Boxing: Women’s flyweight, women’s welterweight, men’s super heavyweight semifinals; men’s light heavyweight gold-medal bout (1-3:10 a.m. EDT)
- Sport climbing: Canada’s Alannah Yip in the qualification rounds (starting at 4:00 a.m. EDT).
- Athletics: Canada’s Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown in the 200-metre final (8:55 a.m. EDT).
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