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Five things to watch in Tokyo on Sunday

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TOKYO — From swimmer Penny Oleksiak leaving her potential record-breaking swim to the very last day to Andre De Grasse's quest for another medal in the men's 100 metre (without Jamaican Usain Bolt), here are five things to look for Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics.

Oleksiak’s last shot (in Tokyo) of becoming Canada’s most decorated Olympian

Penny Oleksiak must have a flair for the dramatic. Oleksiak, Canada’s most decorated Summer Olympian, is one medal away from becoming the most decorated Canadian Olympian ever. A fourth-place finish in the women's 4x200-metre freestyle relay and another fourth place in the women's 100 freestyle means Oleksiak has left her potential record-breaking swim to the final day of events in the pool. The 21-year-old from Toronto is expected to swim the last freestyle leg of Sunday’s medley relay. "It's definitely something in the back of my mind, but I don't know. I have six Olympic medals. There's only three people in Canada that can say that. I'm not too concerned. If I have six Olympic medals, whatever," said Oleksiak, laughing.

Canada meets undefeated Spain with hoops quarterfinal berth on the line

A tough test awaits Canada’s women’s basketball team in its final group-stage game. A victory over undefeated Spain would guarantee the Canadians a spot in the quarterfinal. Canada, ranked fourth heading into Tokyo, is 1-1. The Canadians followed a tight loss to Serbia with an emphatic win over South Korea. "Every game is the most important. So, that's what we were focused on, beating Korea, and then we'll do the same thing with Spain,” said Bridget Carleton after the victory over Korea. Twelve teams are competing in the group stage, with the top eight in the combined ranking advancing to the knockout round. Canada lost in the quarterfinal in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

After synchro podium, Jennifer Abel seeks elusive individual medal

Canadian diver Jennifer Abel has a chance to win her first individual Olympic medal when she competes in the three-metre springboard final on Monday. Abel was sixth in the event in London 2012 before narrowly missing out on the podium at Rio 2016, finishing fourth. Chinese divers Shi Tingmao and Wang Han are the medal favourites going into the final, but Abel says she's not thinking about that. “I really don't focus on them," she said. "I'm focusing on what I can control, which is my five dives." Earlier this week, the diver from Laval, Que., won silver in the three-metre synchronized springboard alongside teammate Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu.

New winner to be crowned in Bolt-less men’s 100 metres

For the first time since 2004, a runner other than Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will win gold in the men’s 100 metres. With Bolt retiring in 2017 – after winning the 100 in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics – it opens the door for sprinters like Canada’s Andre De Grasse or Americans Trayvon Bromell and Ronnie Baker. The semifinals and final of the men’s 100 are scheduled for Sunday, with runners having qualified via heats the day before. De Grasse, of Markham, Ont., won his heat and finished first among semifinal qualifiers in a season-best time of 9.91 seconds. The 26-year-old became a household name when he won silver and two bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, going toe-to-toe with Bolt in the process.

Canadian sailor sets sights on medal in women’s laser radial

Sunday’s medal event of the women's laser radial competition features a Canadian sailor who made her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. Toronto’s Sarah Douglas is competing in the medal round at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Fujisawa after finishing fourth overall following the heats. The 27-year-old, who was born in Burlington, Ont., had a total score of 82 after 10 races. She finished fifth, fourth and second in her final three races to secure her spot in the medal round. A Canadian sailor has never won an Olympic gold medal. Canadians have won three silver and six bronze in the history of the Summer Games.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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