TOKYO – From the Canadian duo’s first Olympic debut in diving to the next leg of the men’s sevens long rugby career to Japan, here are five things to watch on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics.
A decorated diver and her new partner
Meaghan Benfeito of Laval and ten-year-old partner Caeli McKay of Calgary are the two medal contenders on the 10-meter synchro podium. Benfetto and his former partner Roslyn Fillion won bronze in 2012 in London and in 2016 in Rio. While Benfeito initially admitted that it was difficult to change partners after Fillion’s retirement, she notes that she has developed a great relationship with McKay. Benfeto, 32, and McKay, 22, won a test event in Tokyo in May.
Duel over the top in women’s football
First place in Group E and the most advantageous quarter-final showdown is at stake when Canada faces Great Britain in women’s soccer. The British won their first two matches, while Canada had a win and a tie for their record. Canada is aiming for a third consecutive medal at the Olympics, after taking bronze in the last two editions. The last time the two countries faced each other on the Olympic stage, Canada overcame a hostile environment to oust Great Britain 2-0 in the quarter-finals at the 2012 London Olympics.
Nathan Hirayama accompanied Miranda Aime as the Games flag bearer during the Games opening ceremony on Friday. Entering his own rugby sevens team, of which he was co-captain, was less fortunate. Canada lost 24-0 to the United Kingdom and 28-14 to Fiji on Monday. The men’s team, which missed out on qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics after losing to Russia in the quarter-finals of the last-chance tournament, will want to make up for itself on Tuesday. She has a date with Japan and will have to win by a wide margin to hope to slip into the quarter-finals.
Bronze medal to console yourself?
The Canadian softball team will have a chance to win their first ever Olympic medal by participating in the Bronze Game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Canada was denied an appearance in the gold match after losing 1-0 in an extra round against Japan on Sunday. If the Canadians have ambitions greater than a bronze match, they will have the opportunity to turn the page on the 2008 championship in Beijing, when they finished at the foot of the podium during the sport’s last appearance on the Olympic programme.
Four gold medals to grab in the pool
Swimming action continues on Tuesday with four finals presented. Kylie Masse will be from LaSalle, Ont. , one worth watching in 100 hit backs. She took the lead in her qualifiers on Sunday, breaking the Olympic record with a time of 58.17 seconds. However, his record was broken twice in subsequent waves. She then posted the second fastest time in the semi-finals on Monday.
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