Five stories to watch on Saturday

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Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, British Columbia, celebrates her victory in the women’s 1,500 meters at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Calgary on June 29, 2012.Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press

Elmore returns to the Games, 17 years later

Canada has three entries in the women’s marathon. Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, British Columbia, formerly one of the nation’s top middle distance riders, made her second Olympic appearance at the age of 41. She ran the 1,500 meters in Athens in 2004, but was battling a virus at the time. and did not go past the sleeves. Dayna Pidhoresky, of Tecumseh, Ont., Makes her Olympic debut after breaking through in the 2019 Toronto Waterfront Marathon, while Natasha Wodak, of North Vancouver, BC, ran the women’s 10,000-meter in Rio in 2016, finishing 22nd.

Italy’s Mattia Busato competes in the men’s individual kata at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 6, 2021.ANNEGRET HILSE / Reuters

Canada’s only Olympic “karateka” takes on the mat

Karate made its Olympic debut in Tokyo, with 80 competitors taking part in a series of kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) competitions. Daniel Gaysinsky of Vaughan, Ont., Will compete in the over 75 kilogram weight class of the kumite event, facing three other athletes in the playoff round. Gaysinsky, 26, qualified for the Games in spectacular fashion. At a qualifying tournament in Paris in June, he won a penalty appeal and clinched a last-second victory over Tyron-Darnell Lardy of the Netherlands.

Canadian medal hopefuls on final day of canoe sprint, artistic swimming

Medals are awarded in four events on the last day of the canoe sprint: the women’s 500 double canoe, the men’s 1000 single canoe, the women’s kayak four 500 and the men’s kayak four 500. Canoe sprinters Laurence Vincent-Lapointe de Trois -Rivières and Katie Vincent of Mississauga is expected to compete for a medal in the women’s canoe double 500. Vincent-Lapointe just won a silver medal in the C-1200 – his first Olympic medal. Meanwhile, in the pool, the artistic swimming ends with the team free program. Eight Canadian team swimmers are hoping for a medal, including Claudia Holzner and Jacqueline Simoneau, who finished fifth in their duet free skate.

Football giants in pursuit of Olympic gold

European and South American football powers clash in the men’s final with a gold medal up for grabs. Defending champions Brazil in their record-breaking fifth Olympic final face a Spanish side whose only Olympic title dates back to 1992 – at home in Barcelona. Brazil just lost the Copa America to Argentina in the final last month. And this time, there’s no Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain forward whose penalty won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a shootout against Germany. Spain beat Japan 1-0 in the semifinals to clinch a berth in the final. The Brazilians needed a penalty shootout to pass Mexico.

Medals abound as athletics comes to an end

As the Tokyo Olympics slowly draw to a close, there is a host of medals up for grabs in one of the final two days of athletics. Athletes will compete in seven medal events on Saturday, with only the men’s marathon final the next day left. In the individual events for women, there is the high jump, the 10,000 meters and the final of the marathon. For men, there is the javelin throw and 1,500 meters. Meanwhile, the finals of the women’s and men’s 4×400 relay bring the day to a close.

The Canadian Press

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