Canadian Rio Olympics Update – Day 11
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All eyes were on the Canadian women’s soccer team, who fell to Germany 2-0 in semi-final action this afternoon. Germany moves on to meet Sweden in the gold medal game. Canada plays Brazil for bronze. Canada took bronze in 2012 after a controversial semi-final loss to the U.S.
Andre De Grasse wants another podium! The Canadian bronze medalist from the 100 metre dash led all runners in the 200 metre qualifiers today. The 200 final goes Wednesday night and will once again feature 100m gold medalist Usain Bolt alongside DeGrasse.
Corunna’s world champ Derek Drouin leaps into the high jump finals tonight after easily clearing his four qualifying jumps of 2.17, 2.22, 2.26 and 2.29 on Sunday. The finals are scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden ended his Olympic career in fine form, winning the B final of the men’s 1,000 metre kayak sprint. Van Koeverden was heartbroken after not making the A finals yesterday and officially announced his retirement to CBC following today’s win, placing him in 9th spot in the competition. Van Koeverden finishes his career with 4 Olympic medals including one gold and as a 3-time Olympian.
Synhronized swimming duo Karine Thomas and Jacqueline Simoneau finished 7th in the synchro duet finals today.
Philippe Gagne has a shot at the podium in tonight’s 3-metre springboard diving final. The 18-year-old Gagne finished fifth for today’s final, under-way at 5pm.
Matt Hughes will compete in the men’s 3000 metre steeplechase final Wednesday morning. The 27-year-old from Oshawa finished 11th among 42 runners in the qualifier on Monday. Hughes won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Canada also has a shot at the podium in team equestrian jumping as Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 anchored Canada to a 6th place finish ahead of tomorrow’s final.
TONIGHT Canada’s women’s basketball team moves on to the quarter-finals. Canada meets France at 9:15 pm
American gymnast Simone Biles cemented her spot as one of the best in the history of her craft. Biles won her fourth gold medal – tying an Olympics record – this time, winning gold with her floor program.
Canada’s medal count stands at 13 – 2 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze.