While you were sleeping: How Canada performed at Tokyo Olympics Friday, Saturday

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and Katie Vincent, of Canada, stand on the podium with their bronze medals after finishing third in the women's canoe double 500m final A at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Canada surpassed its total medal count from the 2016 Summer Games at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, which marks the final full day of competition before the closing ceremony Sunday night.

Here’s what you may have missed from the day’s events.

Canoe Sprint

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and Katie Vincent won the bronze in the women’s 500-metre double canoe sprint, finishing behind China and Ukraine.

It’s the second medal for Vincent-Lapointe in these Games, which were the first to include women in the canoe sprint events. Until now, women were relegated to the kayak races.

Elsewhere, Connor Fitzpatrick finished sixth in the non-medal “petite” final of the men’s 1,000-metre single canoe sprint, following an eighth-place finish in the semifinal.

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The men’s kayak four team of Nicholas Matveev, Mark de Jonge, Pierre-Luc Poulin and Simon McTavish finished last in the 500-metre semifinal, eliminating them from the finals.

Finally, it was a third place finish for the women’s kayak four team of Andreanne Langlois, Michelle Russell, Alanna Bray-Lougheed and Madeline Schmidt in the 500-metre “petite” final.


Malindi Elmore posted the best time for a Canadian in the women’s marathon, finishing ninth out of the field of 88 in 2:30:59 — her best performance of the season.

Fellow Canadians Natasha Wodak and Dayna Pidhoresky finished 13th and 73rd, respectively, with Pidhoresky the final runner to cross the finish line.

The team of Alicia Brown, Sage Watson, Madeline Price and Kyra Constantine narrowly missed out on the podium, finishing fourth behind Jamaica, who took bronze, second-place Poland and the United States who clinched gold in the women’s 4×400-metre relay finals. Team Canada clocked a season best time of 3:21.84.

Running in the 10,000-metre women’s final, Andrea Seccafien came in 14th place.

Canada’s Maddy Price (left), Alicia Brown, Kyra Constantine and Sage Watson (right) wait for their results in the women’s 4 x 400m relay race heat at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Thursday, August 5, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Cycling Track

Kelsey Mitchell and Lauriane Genest have made it into the quarterfinals of the women’s sprint, after winning their way through the earlier rounds. They’re both seeking to make it into Sunday’s semifinals and ultimately claim one of the last medals to be awarded in Tokyo.

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Nick Wammes placed fifth in his heat during the first round of the men’s keirin race, and Hugo Barrette did not finish his heat. Both men lost their repechage races and will not move on to the next rounds.

Michael Foley and Derek Gee did not finish the 50-kilometre men’s madison race.

Water Polo

The women’s team won its final match of the Games against China 16-7, securing them seventh place in the overall rankings.


Nathan Zsombor-Murray started strong in the men’s 10-metre platform semifinal, but finished in 13th place after six rounds — just outside the top 12 needed to advance to the final.


Brooke Henderson had a better final day on the course compared to earlier in the competition, but it wasn’t enough to make it to the medal podium. She finished tied for 29th place with a score of 67 in the fourth round and four under par.

Fellow Canadian Alena Sharp fell to 49th place after finishing the day four over par with a score of 74.

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Artistic Swimming

The eight-person team of Emily Armstrong, Rosalie Boissonneault, Andree-Anne Côté, Camille Fiola-Dion, Claudia Holzner, Audrey Joly, Halle Pratt and Jacqueline Simoneau placed sixth in the team free routine final.

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Representing Canada in karate’s Olympic debut, Daniel Gaysinsky was in action in the men’s over-75-kilogram kumite.

In his four pool B fights, Gaysinsky drew against Brian Irr of the United States, beat Croatia’s Ivan Kvesic 4-1, before falling to Saudi Arabia’s Tarag Hamedi 10-3 and Sajad Ganjzadeh of Iran 2-1.

Gaysinsky did not progress to the semi-final round.


Jordan Steen failed to qualify for the medal finals of the men’s 97-kilogram weight class freestyle, after losing his repechage contest against Italy’s Abraham de Jesus Conyedo Ruano 4-2.

Canada’s Jordan Steen (red) wrestles Italy’s Abraham De Jesus Conyedo Ruano in their men’s freestyle 97kg wrestling repechage match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images

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