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Sturdy begin for Canada’s canoe dash athletes at Tokyo Olympics


TOKYO — Canada’s dash canoe and decathlon opponents bought off to sturdy begins on Wednesday because the nation continues to search for its fifteenth medal on the Tokyo Olympics.

Canada’s Damian Warner opened his quest for an Olympic decathlon title in assertive vogue, operating 10.12 seconds within the 100 metres to tie his decathlon world file within the occasion.

The 31-year-old from London, Ont., held a commanding lead after three of 10 occasions, after following up his 100 metres with a very good efficiency within the shot put and a spectacular one within the lengthy soar.

Warner soared 8.24 metres, the longest in Olympic decathlon historical past, and a distance that may have earned him a bronze medal within the open males’s lengthy soar earlier within the week.

Canadian teammate Pierce LePage was second total with 2,773 factors, whereas Australian Ashley Moloney was third with 2,741.

LePage, from Whitby, Ont., ran the 100 in 10.43, the third-fastest time on the morning. His 7.65 metres in lengthy soar was second-best, and his throw of 15.31 in shot put was fourth.

Warner is the No. 1-ranked decathlete on the earth this yr after shattering his Canadian file on the Hypo-Assembly in Gotzis, Austria. His rating of 8,995 there was the fourth greatest in historical past.

Athletes nonetheless have the excessive soar and 400 metres on Wednesday, amid gruelling circumstances that embody warmth within the 30s that seems like 40 C-plus with humidity. Thursday occasions are the 110-metre hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and the 1,500 metres.

At Sea Forest Waterway, Canadian canoe sprinter Laurence Vincent-Lapointe roared again from an undesirable two-year hiatus to win first place in her warmth and advance to the semifinals of the ladies’s canoe single 200-metre race.

Vincent-Lapointe, a seven-time world champion on the distance, hadn’t competed for the reason that spring of 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and a optimistic drug check that nearly upended her profession. She was cleared in January 2020 when the Worldwide Canoe Federation accepted she was the sufferer of third-party contamination.

The 29-year-old from Trois-Rivieres, Que. marked a time of 45.408 seconds at Sea Forest Waterway, which was sufficient to win her warmth and transfer her straight to the semifinals. Teammate Katie Vincent, of Mississauga, Ont. additionally gained her warmth in a time of 46.391 and can transfer on to Thursday’s semis.

Vincent-Lapointe has dominated her sport for a lot of the final decade, however for a time it appeared she would not get the possibility to battle for a medal in her sport’s first Olympic look.

“There’s been moments once I may have thought I would not make it, however deep down, I all the time felt I’d make it,” she stated.

“Even three years in the past once I discovered girls’s canoe could be on the Olympics, I stated that I’d be there. By the whole lot that occurred, I believed I’d be right here.”

Whereas Warner and Vincent-Lapointe are thought of podium hopefuls, their occasions wrap up later within the week.

Nonetheless, a number of Canadian athletes will get an opportunity to attempt to add to the nation’s 14 medals on Wednesday.

In monitor, sprinters Andre de Grasse and Aaron Brown will compete within the 200-metre remaining after sturdy performances within the semis. De Grasse set a brand new Canadian file as he gained his warmth within the quickest time of the night time, whereas Brown additionally ran sub-20 seconds to win his personal warmth in a photograph end.

Different Canadians will compete in medal rounds within the 3000-metre steeplechase, equestrian present leaping and inventive swimming.

In different canoe-kayak competitors, Michelle Russell of Fall River, N.S., certified for the semifinals of the kayak single 500 metres after ending third in her quarterfinal.

On the lads’s aspect, Toronto’s Nicholas Matveev certified for the semifinals after ending second in his quarterfinal warmth for the lads’s kayak single 200-metre.

In golf, Canadians and Brooke Henderson each struggled within the first spherical of the ladies’s event. The Canadians are nicely down the leaderboard after capturing 3-over 74 rounds at Kasumigaseki Nation Membership.


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