Weekend roundup: Andre De Grasse wins bronze in Doha
From the Middle East, to Europe, to Asia, to South America, Canadians came out victorious across the Globe.
Take a look at what happened:
Andre De Grasse claimed bronze in 100m at the World Athletic Championships in Doha, Qatar, this past weekend. De Grasse finished the 100m race with a new personal best of 9.90 seconds, beating his 2016 Olympic final record of 9.91 seconds. Fellow Canadian, Aaron Brown, finished in eighth place, running the 100m in 10.08 seconds.
Three Canadians qualified for the 200m finals, including De Grasse (20.20s) and Brown (20.10s) who both won their respective heats. Brendan Rodney also qualified for the 200m, finishing his heat in 20.38 seconds.
Evan Dunfee, the race walker from British Columbia, won the bronze medal in the 50km race walk. He finished the race, which began just before midnight, in a time of 4:05:02. This was Dunfee’s first World Championship medal, and Canada’s first-ever medal in the 50km race walk.
Kristen Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro won the pairs event at the Nebelhorn Trophy figure skating competition in Oberstdorf, Germany on Saturday. They dominated with a score of 210.35.
The ice dance pair from Montreal, Laurence Fournier-Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorenson, also won gold medals at the Nebelhorn Trophy. They finished with a score of 201.00 which secured the pair’s first international victory.
On Sunday, Bianca Andreescu officially qualified for the year-end WTA finals in Shenzen, China, which will be held from October 27th-November 3rd. In her first match since her thrilling U.S. Open victory, she beat Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnonich 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in Beijing at the China Open.
Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Xu Yifan of China, have also qualified for the WTA-final event.
Team Canada finished their FIBA Women’s AmeriCup campaign with a silver medal, losing 46-67 to the United States of America in the finals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was Canada’s first loss after 17 consecutive wins; their last loss was in the tournament’s final in 2013. The two-time FIBA Champions beat Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Brazil, to get to the finals.
Since Canada finished within the top eight of the AmeriCup, they will play in one of the two Americas pre-qualifying tournaments. They’ll need to finish in the top four in that tournament in order to advance to the Olympic qualifying tournament.
The next FIBA Americas tournament will be held in Edmonton in November.