Tokyo 2021 | Five things to watch for Friday at the Olympics

From a potential third crown on the trampoline to the chance of adding more medals to Canada’s pool harvest, here are five things to watch for at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, July 30.

Rosie McLennan aims for a triple

Torontonian Rosie MacLennan made history five years ago in Rio when she became the first Canadian to successfully defend her Olympic title at the Summer Games. She was also the first Canadian to earn two gold medals to her name in individual events at the Summer Games. McLennan, 32, is more passionate about her sport than ever. Torontonian Samantha Smith will make her Olympic debut at the age of 29.

Canada and Brazil in the quarter-finals

After all-stars bid farewell to the group stage against the United Kingdom, Canada will count on a full roster in the quarter-final against Brazil. Canada won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and four years ago in Rio. The team is looking for a medal in another color this summer. Canada ranks eighth in the world and Brazil ranks seventh.

Other medals at stake in the pool

After claiming six swimming medals in Rio in 2016, the Canadian swimmers have already shone in Tokyo. They hope to increase their harvest Friday in the 100m freestyle and 200m breaststroke. Benny Oleksiak will try to defend her title in the 100m freestyle, a title she won at the age of 16 in Rio. Canadian Oleksiak became the most decorated in Summer Games history, winning a sixth medal on Wednesday. For the men, medals will be on the line in the 200m backstroke and 200m medley.

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End of activities in La Foret de la Mer canal دي

Friday will mark the last day of rowing competition on Canal de la Foret de la Mer, as the Canadian women’s eight finished second in their draft on Wednesday to secure a place in Friday’s final. Canada won its first medal in rowing at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, when Kylie Filmer and Hilary Janssens won bronze in their coxless races. The Singles Shovel Finals are also scheduled for Friday.

Beginning of athletics

Track and field activities kicked off Friday at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. Many preliminary and qualifying events are on the schedule, from the steeplechase to the high jump. And the only medal at stake will be in the men’s 10,000m, where Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catherine, Ontario, the only Canadian will compete. Ahmed is playing his third match and placed 18th in the event in London in 2012.

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