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Keegan Messing skates in competitionPhoto: David Becker
Photo: David Becker

Weekend Roundup: Team Canada athletes return to the podium

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, some competitions have resumed for Team Canada athletes with strict health measures in place.

Despite these extraordinary times, Team Canada athletes rolled up their sleeves and some found their way to the podium.

Here is what you missed this weekend.

Keegan Messing honours his teammates

RELATED: Figure Skating: Keegan Messing wins bronze at Skate America

Keegan Messing was the only Canadian skater competing at Skate America, the first stop of the Grand Prix this season. This event could only be attended by athletes who live or train in the United States.

Messing did not disappoint, winning the men’s bronze medal.

Check out the modified figure skating calendar here.

Double(s) Trouble 👯‍♀️

We know Leylah Annie Fernandez well – but do you know her sister, Bianca? Together they reached the finals of an ITF doubles tournament in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Definitely a doubles pair to keep an eye out for.

Also in doubles news, Gaby Dabrowski reached the finals at the Ostrava tournament in the Czech Republic. She played with Brazillian Luisa Stefani.

Four medals for Canadian judokas on their return to the tatami

RELATED: Klimkait is golden at the Judo Grand Slam in Budapest
RELATED: Canadians capture two more medals at the Judo Grand Slam in Budapest

Out of the five Canadians who travelled to the Judo Grand Slam in Budapest, Hungary, four returned with a medal. Not bad for the first competition since March, eh?

Jessica Klimkait got the ball rolling on Friday, dominating the -57 kg category and finishing atop the podium. This victory helped her reach the top spot in this weight category in the IJF standings!

On Saturday, it was Antoine Valois-Fortier (-81 kg) and Arthur Margelidon (-73 kg) that reached the podium, winning the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Finally, on Sunday, Shady El Nahas rounded off Canada’s impressive weekend by taking the bronze in the -100 kg category.

Top three finishes for Canadian swimmers at the ISL

The International Swimming League (ISL) entered its second season a few weeks ago. Divided into various multi-nation teams, the Canadian swimmers collected many points by accumulating some top three finishes during the third match on Saturday and Sunday.

Among the many top Canadian performances there was: Rebecca Smith in the 200m freestyle, Kylie Masse in the 100m backstroke (in addition to the silver in 200), as well as the double of Tessa Ciepucha, who finished second in the 400m individual medley and third in the 200m butterfly.

The fourth match takes place on Monday.

Mike Woods leads the Canadian pack at Vuelta a España

Canadian Michael Woods finished second in the sixth stage of the Vuelta a España race on Sunday, just 25 seconds behind the leader.

He could repeat (or even surpass?) the feat in the coming weeks: this competition spans 21 stages, in three weeks across Spain.