Olympic viewing guide: Simone Biles returns, Andre De Grasse back on the track
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Officially, Canada didn’t win any medals on Day 10. But the women’s soccer team’s semi-final victory over the United States was as good as gold.
Words cannot really describe how much the Americans had possessed this rivalry. It’s best expressed in numbers. Like 3/61 – like Canada had won three of its 61 all-time games against the United States, dating back to the mid-1980s. And 20 – like the number of years since Canada beat the United States – United for the last time. Minutes from a seismic upheaval in the 2012 Olympic semi-finals in London, Canada allowed a late equalizer after a controversial penalty, then lost 4-3 in the dying seconds of extra time.
So excuse the Canadians if they feel like they won a gold medal after Jessie Fleming’s 74th-minute penalty goal delayed a cathartic 1-0 win over the Americans. After winning bronze medals at the last two Olympics, Canada’s slogan for Tokyo was “change color”. Mission accomplished: They will face Sweden in Thursday’s gold medal game at 10 p.m. ET and leave Tokyo with nothing worse than silver.
Canada’s Olympic team have a few opportunities to reopen the medal tap on Day 11 – including a chance to end a century-long hammer-throw drought. In addition, Canadian track and field stars Andre De Grasse and Moh Ahmed will both look to secure a spot in the final of their best event.
So let’s start our daily Olympic viewing guide with track and field. Plus, we’ll be covering the return of Simone Biles (and Canadian Ellie Black) for one last chance at a medal, another brutal blow to Canadian basketball and an incredible return to the track.
Find live broadcasts, must-see videos, breaking news and more in a perfect Olympic Games package. Following Team Canada has never been easier or more exciting.
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Here’s what to watch on Monday evening / Tuesday morning:
Camryn Rogers Can End 109-Year Drought
Canada has not won an Olympic medal in the hammer throw since Duncan Gillis won men’s silver in 1912. 7:35 am ET. The 22-year-old from Richmond, BC, posted the fourth-best shot in qualifying, and just four women in the world surpassed her best shot this year. This happened at the NCAA Championships in June, where Rogers broke the US college record and won his second title.
Rogers is the only Canadian to compete in a track and field final Monday night / Tuesday morning. But two of Canada’s biggest track and field stars can advance to the medal race in their best event.
André De Grasse, who just won bronze in the 100m, begins his quest for a second Olympic medal in the 200m when the prelims begin at 10:05 p.m. ET. De Grasse, who won the silver in this event behind Usain Bolt in 2016, runs in the 3rd round at 10:21 p.m. ET. Fellow Canadian Aaron Brown is up at 10:37 p.m. ET. The semi-finals start at 7:50 am ET. The final takes place on Wednesday morning.
Mo Ahmed short in the opening round of the 5,000m men at 6:56 am ET. He won bronze in that event at the 2019 world championships and finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics. Last week, Ahmed finished sixth in the 10,000m – strong, considering that is his shortest distance .
The main track event for Day 11 is the women’s 200m final at 8:50 a.m. ET. 100m winner Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica set the fastest time in this morning’s semi-finals and is favorite to become the first woman to win the 100/200 double at the back-to-back Olympics.
Other Canadian medal chances Monday evening / Tuesday morning
Here are the strongest besides Camryn Rogers, in chronological order:
Track Cycling – Women’s Team Pursuit
Canada is no longer in contention for gold or silver due to its qualifying result, but it can still win its second consecutive Olympic bronze medal. The way it works is that the fastest four teams from this morning’s qualifying are paired up in head-to-head races to decide which two will advance to the gold medal final. Canada placed eighth (out of eight) in qualifying, so it will compete in a race with France at 2:37 am ET. It’s not enough to just beat the French: Canada’s time has to be one of the two fastest among the six teams that are eliminated from the gold medal race. These two teams will compete for the bronze medal at 4:19 am ET.
Gymnastics – Women’s Balance Beam Final
Simone Biles is back. And the Canadian Ellie Black too. After both gymnasts miss the All-Around final (Black due to an ankle injury, Biles due to his much-discussed battle with a mental block known as “the twisties”), they will return. for the last women’s event of the Games. To 4:50 am ET.
While Biles’ mysterious and debilitating loss of orientation while performing certain movements in the air prevented her from credibly participating in her other events without serious risk of injury, the beam keeps the gymnasts a bit more near the ground for the most part. It’s not her best event, but it’s a relative term for the greatest gymnast of all time. Granted, Biles settled for bronze on beam in Rio five years ago, but she’s won the world title three times, most recently in 2019. So Biles has a chance to end her nightmare. of the Olympics on a positive note.
Black’s medal chances are just as difficult to assess. They may depend on the health of her left ankle, which she injured during beam training last week. The 25-year-old from Halifax has not made the beam final in any of his previous two Olympic appearances. At the world championships, she placed seventh, seventh, eighth and fifth. At the 2019 world championships, Black retired from beam after injuring her right ankle in the all-around final. She placed fourth in this event and was a silver medalist in the all-around competition at the 2017 world championships in Montreal. The talent is therefore there. Moreover, his fifth place on beam at the 2018 world championships, combined with the question mark in 2019, suggests that Black may have a hidden advantage in this event.
Some other cool things you should know about
The Canadian women’s basketball team is absent. This summer was so promising for Canadian hoops. Riding an unprecedented wave of NBA talent, the men’s national team appeared to be heading towards their first Olympic appearance in two decades, while the fourth-ranked women’s team seemed to have a real chance of winning their very first medal. But the men failed to win their last-ditch qualifier at home in Victoria last month, and today the women were knocked out of the playoffs in Tokyo. A brace in the group stage left the Canadiens needing the help of other teams to secure a wild card spot. Their hopes all came down to this morning’s game between Puerto Rico and Australia, with Canada needing the losing Puerto Ricans to drop by 23 points or less (or win outright). The Australians crushed them by 30. To learn more about what went wrong for Canada’s women’s team, click here.
Two Canadian teams are on a collision course in women’s beach volleyball. Unsurprisingly, reigning world champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes easily qualified for the quarter-finals last night. The No.2-ranked team have yet to lose a set in four Olympic matches. To the surprise of some, 16th-ranked Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson join them in the quarterfinals after upsetting a third-ranked American duo. Bansley and Wilkerson face a 15th-ranked Latvian team on Tuesday at 8 a.m.ET. Pavan and Humana-Paredes face off against an 18th-ranked Australian tandem at 9 a.m. ET. If the two Canadian pairs win, they will face off in the semifinals on Wednesday night with a berth in the gold medal game on the line.
The Canadian men’s volleyball team plays in the quarterfinals tonight. Canada’s 2-3 record and fourth place in their pool resulted in a difficult draw as they face the Russian team, who went 4-1 to win the other group. The game begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Sport climbing made its Olympic debut. If you are a fan of American Ninja Warrior, you might like it. The walls athletes have to climb at the Olympics won’t be as flashy as the obstacle courses you see on the TV show, but they do require a similar skill set. In fact, Sean McColl, Canada’s only entry in the men’s event, has appeared on the show several times. McColl’s qualifying rounds begin at 4 a.m. ET. The women’s qualifiers, with Canada’s Alannah Yip, will begin at the same time on Wednesday. Learn more about sport climbing and see what it looks like here.
You literally can’t hold back Sifan Hassan. The Dutch runner went viral last night when, on the last lap of her 1,500m race, she tripped over a fallen opponent and crashed to the ground at the back of the peloton, then got up and was roared back to win the race. Less than 12 hours later, she returned to the track and won gold in the 5,000m. Talk about a comeback.
How to watch live events
They are broadcast on television on CBC, TSN and Sportsnet. Or choose exactly what you want to stream live on CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app and CBC Sports Tokyo 2020 website. Check out the full broadcast schedule here.