Weekend Roundup: Canada kicks off Pan Ams, wraps up FINA Worlds
Across multiple disciplines, from home soil to all over the world, Team Canada athletes owned the podium this past weekend.
Here’s a look at what happened:
Friday evening Team Canada kicked off the 2019 Pan American Games in style at the opening ceremony in Lima, Peru. After an eventful weekend, Team Canada captured a total of 16 medals.
This weekend concluded the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Team Canada took home a total of eight swimming medals, rewriting the Canadian record for the number of medals won at a World Aquatics Championships set back in 1978.
On Friday, Sydney Pickrem won bronze in the 200m breaststroke to become the first Team Canada woman to win three individual medals at the World Championships.
Saturday Kylie Masse captured her second medal at the World Championships in the 200m backstroke. Masse claimed bronze medal with a time of 2:06.62.
Masse and Oleksiak are currently tied for the battle of most medals won by a Canadian female swimmer.
At the Tokyo 2020 test event on Sunday, beach volleyball duo Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson defeated the German pair of Julia Sude and Karla Borger in two straight sets (19-21, 11-21) to capture the bronze.
This is the Canadians’ fourth medal in the 2019 World Tour which will continue until the beginning of September.
Team Canada’s athletics squad had a remarkable weekend at the 2019 Canadian Track & Field Championships and AC World Trials in Montreal.
On Friday night, in the 100-metre final Brown crossed the line with a time of 10.021 seconds edging Rio 2016 4x100m teammate, De Grasse by three-thousandths of a second.
Brown then utilized this momentum and later capture the gold in 200-metres with a time of 20.03 seconds.
In a tight match up with thousandths of a second separating the podium winners, winter and summer Olympian Phylicia George pushed through and became the national champion in the 100m hurdles clocking in with a time of 13.304 seconds.
Melissa Bishop-Nriagu who took last season off to give birth to daughter Corinne had a great performance in the women’s 800m.
This being only the third race since stepping back on the track, Bishop-Nriagu won silver with a time 2:02.40. A promising finish with only being thousandths of a second behind Madeleine Kelly with a time of 2:02.37.
At the Judo Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia, Team Canada took home four medals this past weekend.
Arthur Margelidon (73kg) and Antoine Valois-Fortier (81kg) captured silver medals while Jessica Klimkait (57 kg) and Shady El Nahas (100kg) captured the gold.