Olympic viewing information: Penny could make historical past (once more), Rosie goes for the 3-peat | CBC Sports activities

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For the primary time because the swimming medal races started, Canada completed a day with out a medal within the pool. Regardless of setting a nationwide document of their last final night time, Penny Oleksiak and the ladies’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay crew positioned a distant fourth on Day 6 in Tokyo. However Canada nonetheless ran its podium streak to 5 days as rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens took bronze within the ladies’s pair occasion. That makes 10 medals for the Canadian crew in Tokyo — two gold, three silver and 5 bronze. Girls have received each single certainly one of them.

Tonight, Oleksiak will take one other crack at successful her Canadian-record seventh Olympic medal when she competes within the last of her signature occasion. Let’s begin our day by day viewing information there, then take a look at two different robust medal possibilities arising for Canada tonight, plus an enormous match for the ladies’s soccer crew and a few much-needed excellent news for U.S. gymnastics.

Penny Oleksiak is on the point of making Canadian historical past — once more

Along with her 4 medals from the 2016 Rio Video games and now two extra in Tokyo, Oleksiak has already reached the rostrum extra occasions within the Summer time Olympics than every other Canadian. Another and the 21-year-old will break a tie with velocity skater Cindy Klassen and velocity skater/bicycle owner Clara Hughes for probably the most medals ever by a Canadian Olympian.

It may occur tonight within the ladies’s 100-metre freestyle last at 9:59 p.m. ET. That is the occasion Oleksiak received gold in as a 16-year-old in Rio, pulling off one of the gorgeous ends in Canadian sports activities historical past by tying American Simone Manuel for first place and the Olympic document.

However 5 years is a very long time in swimming, and Manuel is a main instance of that. Regardless of including the 100m freestyle world title in each 2017 and ’19, the 24-year-old didn’t make it out of the U.S. Olympic trials in her greatest occasion. Oleksiak additionally is aware of how robust it’s to remain on prime. She completed sixth on the 2017 world championships and did not even compete within the 100 free on the 2019 worlds. Earlier than taking bronze within the Olympic 200 freestyle earlier this week, Oleksiak hadn’t received a medal in a person race at a significant worldwide meet since Rio.

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But when Penny has taught us something, it is that she peaks on the Olympic stage. She swam a private season-best 52.86 seconds in final night time’s semifinals — solely 0.16 of a second off her Rio gold-medal time. That was good for simply fifth place total, however think about that she needed to swim for a medal within the 4×200 relay about 90 minutes later. Absolutely, she held a little bit again.

Penny should empty the tank tonight to beat Australia’s Emma McKeon, who’s the clear gold-medal favorite after torching Oleksiak’s and Manuel’s Olympic document with a 52.13 within the heats and going below the outdated normal once more to position first total within the semis. Siobhan Haughey, who turned the primary swimmer to win an Olympic medal for Hong Kong when she took silver within the 200 freestyle earlier this week, additionally bettered the Oleksiak/Manuel time within the semis. Some betting retailers have Penny listed because the No. 5 favorite to win the ultimate — behind Australia’s Cate Campbell and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who took silver and bronze behind Manuel at the latest world championships, in 2019. But when we have realized anything from Penny over the previous week, it is to not wager towards somebody together with her immense expertise and preventing spirit.

If Oleksiak falls in need of the rostrum tonight, she’ll have another probability to interrupt the document in Tokyo within the ladies’s 4x100m medley relay. The heats are Friday at 7:57 a.m. ET, and the ultimate on Saturday night time.

One other swimming occasion to look at tonight: Canadians Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck compete within the ladies’s 200m backstroke semifinals beginning at 10:35 p.m. ET. Masse, who took silver within the 100 backstroke on Monday night time, was the bronze medallist within the 200 on the 2019 worlds.

Another factor to know, from this morning’s heats: 14-year-old Summer time McIntosh (the youngest athlete on the Canadian Olympic crew) didn’t advance from the ladies’s 800m heats regardless of setting a private greatest. McIntosh made the ultimate in solely certainly one of three particular person occasions in Tokyo — however, once more, she’s 14! And he or she positioned fourth in that last, the 400m freestyle, which featured stars Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky. Regulate Summer time over the subsequent three years main as much as the Paris Olympics. Learn extra about what occurred within the numerous heats right here.

Richard and Alison Oleksiak be a part of Suhana Meharchand to debate the thrill and nerves as their daughter goes for the Canadian Olympic medals document on the summer season video games. 8:51

Different Canadian medal possibilities on Thursday night time/Friday morning

Together with Penny within the ladies’s 100m freestyle, there are two extra robust potentialities. In chronological order:


4 finals are on faucet for the final day of competitors, and there is a Canadian boat in certainly one of them: the ladies’s eight at 9:05 p.m. ET. Canada missed the rostrum on this occasion on the 2016 Olympics and the latest world championships, in 2019. However the betting markets recommend this crew has a very good probability to win a medal. The Canadians are listed just about even with Romania for the No. 3 favorite, with New Zealand and the U.S. the one two groups clearly forward of them.


Rosie MacLennan goes for her third consecutive Olympic gold medal within the ladies’s trampoline occasion, which begins with qualifying at midnight ET, adopted by the ultimate spherical at 1:50 a.m. ET. In Rio, she turned the primary Canadian ever to repeat as Olympic champion in a person occasion on the Summer time Video games. So a three-peat would actually be one thing. MacLennan went on to win the 2018 world title and took bronze on the ’19 worlds in Tokyo regardless of struggling a damaged ankle seven months earlier than the competitors. Learn extra about her right here.

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The Canadian ladies’s soccer crew performs its quarter-final vs. Brazil at 4 a.m. ET. From right here on out, each match is single-elimination. This one is a rematch of the third-place recreation on the Rio Olympics, the place Canada upset the host crew 2-1 to win its second consecutive bronze medal. To make it three podiums in a row, the eighth-ranked Canadians should pull off a number of upsets. Seventh-ranked Brazil is favoured to beat them, and Canada could be a good greater underdog within the semis towards the winner between the top-ranked United States and the No. 4 Netherlands. Two all-time greats will battle within the Canada-Brazil matchup: Christine Sinclair, who scored her document 187th worldwide aim in Canada’s group-stage opener vs. Japan, and Marta, who ranks eighth in historical past with 112 worldwide targets.

Observe and area begins tonight. Just one medal occasion is on faucet for the primary day, and there is a Canadian in it. Moh Ahmed will run within the males’s 10,000 metres at 7:30 a.m. ET. His greatest occasion is the 5,000, which he took bronze in on the final world championships. The perfect-known Canadian girl competing on day one is Melissa Bishop-Nriagu, who completed fourth within the ladies’s 800m on the 2016 Olympics. She runs in warmth 3 at 9:41 p.m. ET. In the meantime, two-time males’s pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks of the U.S. and reigning South American champ German Chiaraviglio of Argentina are each out of the Olympics after testing optimistic for COVID-19. As a result of Kendricks had been coaching alongside an Australian athlete, all 63 members of the Aussie monitor and area crew had to enter isolation earlier than they have been finally cleared with unfavorable checks. Learn extra about Canada’s greatest hopes for monitor and area medals and a few worldwide athletes to look at right here.


Sunisa Lee introduced some much-needed pleasure to the American gymnastics crew. Issues have been fairly heavy since famous person Simone Biles pulled out of the ladies’s crew last and indicated we’d not see her compete once more in Tokyo due to a psychological well being situation that has rendered her unable to carry out wherever close to her traditional (exceptionally excessive) degree. However these troubles have been forgotten for a minute as we speak when the 18-year-old Lee received the all-around occasion — with Biles on the sidelines cheering her on. Learn extra about Lee’s victory and watch highlights right here.

And eventually…

Little nations are doing massive issues. San Marino turned the smallest nation ever to win an Olympic medal as we speak when Alessandra Perilli took bronze within the ladies’s lure taking pictures occasion. The tiny state, positioned inside northern Italy, has a inhabitants of about 34,000 (across the identical as Moose Jaw) and covers simply 61 sq. kilometres. Earlier this week, Bermuda (inhabitants: ~62,000) turned the smallest nation to win a Summer time Olympic gold when Flora Duffy took the ladies’s triathlon. Liechtenstein (pop.: ~38,000) has received two golds in alpine snowboarding on the Winter Olympics.

Tips on how to watch stay occasions

They’re being broadcast on TV on CBC, TSN and Sportsnet. Or select precisely what you need to watch by stay streaming on CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app and CBC Sports activities’ Tokyo 2020 web site. Take a look at the complete streaming schedule right here.

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