From shining performances from Canada's runners to Ellie Black's gutsy beam performance and some medal near-misses, here are five things to know from Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Tokyo Olympics.
DE GRASSE AND BROWN ON TO 200-METRE FINAL
Canadian Andre De Grasse sealed his ticket to the 200-metre final in emphatic fashion on Tuesday as he won his semifinal heat in a time of 19.73. De Grasse set a new Canadian record and a personal best after turning on the heat in the stretch. De Grasse will be joined in Wednesday's final by fellow Canadian Aaron Brown, who ran a season best to win his own semifinal heat in 19.99.
BLACK AND BILES RETURN TO BEAM
Canada's top gymnast battled back from an ankle injury to just miss the podium in the beam final. Ellie Black finished fourth in the women's artistic gymnastics balance beam event, earning Canada's best-ever result despite a sprained ankle that forced her to withdraw from last week's all-around competition. She completed difficult elements in her final routine with a few wobbles, but stuck her landing. Black then hugged her coach David Kikuchi and wept. U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles took bronze in the event after pulling out of the team and all-around events to focus on her mental health. Chinese gymnasts took gold and silver.
TWO MOVING ON TO 5,000-METRE FINAL
Four days after finishing sixth in the men's 10,000 metres, Canada's Mohammed Ahmed was second in his heat of the men's 5,000, the distance in which he raced to bronze at the 2019 world championships. The 30-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont., hung near the back of the pack for the first half before taking the lead to push the pace. He finished in 13:38.96. Justyn Knight of Toronto cruised to third in the other 5,000 heat in 13:30.22, setting up what could be an exciting final on Friday.
NO MEDAL REPEAT IN TEAM PURSUIT
The Canadian women's pursuit track cycling team had been seeking a third straight Olympic bronze medal, but it was not to be on Tuesday. The team lost to the United States in a showdown for third place on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. The team of Calgary's Allison Beveridge; Annie Foreman-Mackey of Kingston, Ont.; Ariane Bonhomme of Gatineau, Que.; Vancouver's Georgia Simmerling and Jasmin Duehring of Coquitlam, B.C., finished the bronze-medal race in four minutes 10.552 seconds, just over two and a half seconds behind the Americans. Germany defeated Britain in world-record time for the gold.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL HOPES DASHED
Canada had high hopes going into the women's beach volleyball quarterfinals as the only country with two teams remaining in the competition, but that optimism was dashed as both teams were defeated. Toronto's Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont. came into the quarterfinals without having dropped a set but were upset in three sets by Australia's Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Taliqua Clancy. The loss came just after Heather Bansley of Waterdown, Ont., and Toronto's Brandie Wilkerson were defeated by Latvia's Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 3, 2021.
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