Summary of the weekend: Team Canada qualified for Paris 2024 in 3×3 basketball, eighth victory for Warner in Göztis – Team Canada

Summary of the weekend: Team Canada qualified for Paris 2024 in 3×3 basketball, eighth victory for Warner in Göztis – Team Canada
Summary of the weekend: Team Canada qualified for Paris 2024 in 3×3 basketball, eighth victory for Warner in Göztis – Team Canada

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May 21, 2024


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Team Canada fans witnessed several historic moments over the long weekend.

The Canadian team has qualified for an Olympic 3×3 basketball tournament for the first time in history. Damian Warner continued his impressive run of success at the prestigious Hypomeeting in Götzis, Austria, while Ceili McCabe set a Canadian record in the women’s steeplechase in Los Angeles.

Judoka Christa Deguchi won her fourth career world championship medal, moving one step closer to her first Olympic qualification. Back home, three diving athletes scored key wins at the National Trials, securing their qualification for Paris 2024.

And that’s certainly not all! Read on to find out more.

Basketball 3×3: Canadians get their ticket to Paris 2024

Team Canada will take part in an Olympic 3×3 basketball tournament for the first time. The women’s national team qualified at the FIBA ​​3×3 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary.

READ: Canadian women’s 3×3 basketball team qualifies for Paris 2024

On Sunday, the team of Katherine Plouffe, Michelle Plouffe, Paige Crozon and Kacie Bosch defeated Hungary 21-10 in the third place match.

It was a last chance match for the Canadians who had previously lost 18-17 to Spain in a hard-fought semi-final match. Despite this setback, the Canadians pulled themselves together for this match which they had to win to obtain the third and final qualifying place for Paris 2024 which was at stake this weekend.

“We’re just so grateful, we have so much joy and gratitude to be here,” Katherine Plouffe said after the victory against Hungary. “We believed in it. There are no easy matches here, Hungary are a good team. »

The Canadians had good performances throughout the tournament. They easily defeated Italy 21-8 in the quarterfinals after finishing on top of Group B with a perfect 3-0 record, with victories against Chile, Lithuania and Czechia.

READ: Team Canada’s women’s 3×3 basketball team journeys to Paris with a focus on passion

Swimming: the Canadian team for Paris 2024 is revealed

The Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials, presented by Bell, came to a grand conclusion Sunday evening with the announcement of the 29 swimmers who will represent Team Canada at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

READ: 29 swimmers will represent Team Canada at Paris 2024

Summer McIntosh qualified in five events, including the 200m medley, 400m medley, 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle. The highlight of the Trials was when she broke her own world record in the 400m medley. The women’s team also includes: Canada’s most medal-winning athlete at the Olympic Games, Penny Oleksiak; reigning Olympic 100m butterfly champion Maggie Mac Neil; backstroke specialist and four-time Olympic medalist Kylie Masse; as well as several medalists from the World Aquatics Championships such as Sydney Pickrem, Mary-Sophie Harvey and Ingrid Wilm.

Leading the men’s team are Josh Liendo, who broke his own national records in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle at trials, and Finlay Knox, reigning world champion in the 200m medley. Yuri Kisil and Javier Acevedo will both take part in their third Olympic Games.

Diving: three athletes qualify for Paris 2024

At the Canadian Diving Trials in Windsor, Ontario, athletes who will compete in individual diving events for which Canada had already secured quota spots at Paris 2024 have been confirmed.

Caeli McKay won the women’s 10m platform event to secure Canada’s Olympic quota spot in the event. McKay had earned this quota spot thanks to her bronze medal at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships. She had already qualified to be named to the Olympic team in the women’s 10m synchro with partner Kate Miller, who finished second. in the individual test during the selections.

In the men’s 10m platform event, Nathan Zsombor-Murray won the trials, putting his name on the second of Canada’s two Olympic quota spots in the event. Rylan Wiens had been shortlisted for nomination based on his fifth place at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships, where he scored 489.20 points. Both divers also qualified to be named to the Olympic team in the men’s 10m synchro event.

Canada’s only quota spot in the women’s 3m springboard event will go to Margo Erlam, who won the trials by almost 15 points over the experienced Pamela Ware. It all came down to the final dive, for which Erlam received scores of 8.5 and 9.0 from the judges, thus securing first place on the podium. The 21-year-old has represented Canada at several stages of the World Aquatics World Cup and Grand Prix events, as well as the 2022 World Aquatics Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Judo: Deguchi and Klimkait both on the podium at the World Championships

World number one Christa Deguchi won her fourth career medal at the IJF World Championships by claiming silver in the women’s 57kg category on Monday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She took part in an epic final against Mimi Huh of South Korea, a duel that lasted more than 12 minutes.

One minute and 40 seconds into the match, the two judokas had already received two penalties. A third would end the match. However, they went beyond four minutes of regulation time and more than eight minutes of overtime without scoring an additional point. After the equivalent of three consecutive fights, a tired Deguchi was penalized for non-combativity, giving Huh the gold medal.

On the other side of the table, world number two Jessica Klimkait was beaten by Huh in the semi-final. But she rallied to win her bronze medal bout against Israeli Timna Nelson Levy. This is Klimkait’s third consecutive bronze medal at the worlds, following her world champion title in 2021, which qualified her for Tokyo 2020 where she won a bronze medal.

Athletics: Warner wins again in Götzis, McCabe breaks the 3000m steeplechase record in Los Angeles

Damian Warner won the decathlon at the Hypomeeting in Götzis, Austria, for the eighth time in his career. It is the most prestigious athletics combined events competition on the calendar. The reigning Olympic champion earned a final score of 8678 over the two days of competition.

After the five events of the first day, Warner was in second position with 4585 points, just 16 points behind leader Simon Ehammer. On Sunday, the 34-year-old Canadian narrowed that gap to two points after a fast 110m hurdles, then took the lead with a discus throw of 46.41m. After the next two events, Warner had increased his lead to 223 points, meaning he didn’t have much pressure heading into the final 1500m.

At the USATF Grand Prix in Los Angeles, Ceili McCabe won the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in 9:20.58, breaking the Canadian record for the event while achieving the Olympic qualifying time by more than 2.5 seconds. She is the only Canadian to reach the Olympic standard in this event so far. McCabe has represented Canada at the last two World Athletics World Championships.

READ: Athletics: 7 medals and 1 national record for Canadians

In Los Angeles, Camryn Rogers took third place in the women’s hammer throw with an attempt of 75.56m. Jean-Simon Desgagnés won the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 8:16.49. Aaron Brown finished third in the men’s 100m in 10.23, his best time of the season. Lucia Stafford reached the Olympic qualifying time in the women’s 1500m.

In Morocco, Canadians won two medals at the Diamond League meeting. Andre De Grasse finished second in the men’s 100m with a time of 10.19 seconds, 0.08 seconds behind winner Emmanuel Eseme of Cameroon. Sarah Mitton took third place in the women’s shot put with a best throw of 19.36m. She still holds the best world mark of the year with her throw of 20.68m achieved last weekend.

Meanwhile, Brendon Rodney was at the Golden Grand Prix in Tokyo where he finished second in the men’s 200m with a time of 20.42 seconds.

Hockey: Canada leads Group A at the IIHF World Championship

Canada is in a good position to finish first in Group A after a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Switzerland on Sunday. Improving their record to 6-0, the Canadians are currently first in their group with 17 points. In the match against Switzerland, all three Canadian goals were scored on the power play.

The outcome of Sunday night’s game was determined by Swiss player Kevin Fiala’s major match misconduct penalty in the second period, which allowed Canada to score twice on the power play.

On Saturday, in one of the most anticipated matches of the preliminary phase, Canada came from behind to beat Finland 5-3. Brandon Hagel scored the game-winning goal in the third period as Canada overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to secure the three-point victory.

Canada will finish the group stage on Tuesday against the host team, Czechia, who were in second place in the group with 15 points. The quarter-finals will take place on Thursday.

Beach volleyball: Melissa and Brandie win the AVP Huntington Beach Open

Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson won the AVP Huntington Beach Open, beating Americans Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss 23-21, 18-21, 15-13 in the final.

Although this tournament will have no impact on Olympic qualification, it is a great confidence boost for the Canadian women to defeat the team currently ranked second in the world.

Rugby: Canada wins the Pacific Four Series

The Canadian women’s rugby team beat New Zealand for the first time in their history on Sunday, scoring a dramatic 22-19 victory over the reigning Rugby World Cup champions. The victory moves Canada to second place in the women’s world rankings — their highest ranking since November 2016.

The Pacific Four Series is a 15-player team rugby competition. However, the Canadian team included several athletes who regularly participate in rugby sevens and who are aiming to make the Olympic team this summer. Among them, we find Olivia Apps, Fancy Bermudez, Pamphinette Buisa and Sophie de Goede.

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