Rio 2016: What to watch in week 2 of the Olympics
It was a successful Week 1 in Rio for Canada, with 12 medals won, including two golds. Canada will try to keep up their streak of winning at least one medal per day, as our athletes step out of the pool and onto the track field.
Canada is well on its way to reaching the Canadian Olympic Committee’s goal of a top-12 finish in the overall medal standings, while also hoping to collect 19 medals.
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While all our medals so far have been won by women, there are a few chances for some Canadian men to bring home some titles.
Here’s a few events to watch in the second week of the Olympics:
Andre De Grasse will hopefully challenge world champion Usain Bolt in a major Olympics event: the men’s 100m dash. He’ll first have to get through the semifinals Sunday afternoon before facing both Jamaican Bolt and American Justin Gatlin.
He’ll also be competing in the 4x100m relay on Thursday.
Decathlete Damien Warner will be one to watch as he’s been getting closer and closer to top of the podium. He came in fifth in London in 2012, picked up a bronze in the 2013 world championships and then grabbed silver in the 2015 world championships. Decathlon gets underway on Wednesday.
Melissa Bishop has a chance to medal in the women’s 800m event on Wednesday. She came in first in last year’s Pan Am games in Toronto, breaking a Canadian record.
Shawn Barber is a Canadian record holder and will have a chance at the podium in pole vault on Monday.
Derek Drouin came in third in London 2012, and is a contender for this year’s high jump medals on Tuesday if he qualifies today.
The women’s team is one win away from a medal in Rio. Their semifinal match on Tuesday will determine whether they will play for the gold or the bronze medal.
Brooke Henderson will start in the first round of women’s golf starting on Wednesday. The 18-year-old is currently ranked second in the world, and is expected to bring home a medal.
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Mandy Bujold is currently in the quarterfinals in the women’s fly 51kg category. Her next match will be Tuesday.
Erica Wiebe won the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will be fighting for her first Olympic medal on Thursday.
Canada’s women Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan have moved on to the quarterfinals and will try for the semis on Sunday.
Adam van Koeverden will compete in the men’s single 1000m on Monday, and Mark de Jonge will compete in the men’s single 200m on Friday. Both men medaled in London 2012, and are expected to be contenders in their respective races.
Tony Nyhaug will be a contender at this year’s Olympics, after missing out on medalling in London 2012 because he ruptured his spleen 11 weeks before competing. He has previously won silver at the World Cup in 2014.
2011 and 2014 world champion Catherine Pendrel and her teammate Emily Batty will be racing in Saturday’s cross country mountain bike event and both are contenders.
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