Canadian cyclist Michael Woods secured a fifth place finish in the men’s road race on Saturday. The 34-year-old from Ottawa ran for more than six hours, including a steep climb of Mount Fuji and Mikuni Pass, before crossing the finish line on Saturday night in Tokyo.
CBC Sports ‘Jamie Strashin reveals Woods’ epic 234-kilometer run from the brutal start of the run to the final sprint.
Here are some other highlights – like who won the first Tokyo Olympics gold -om Saturday so far.
Canada wins on the sand, the court, the court
Reigning beach volleyball world champions and Olympic medal hopefuls Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada claimed their first victory in Tokyo.
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The pair beat their Dutch opponents 21-16, 21-14 on Saturday. CBC Sports’ Devin Heroux brings you all the details of their game, including the sweltering heat.
Canadian duo Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson will also play later Saturday against China in their opener.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez, ranked 72nd in the world rankings, dominated her opponent from Ukraine to advance to the second round of the tennis tournament.
Fernandez defeated World No.46 Dayana Yastremska in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 6-0). She also managed to do it about 12 hours after walking with Team Canada in its first Olympics opening ceremony.
Fernandez said seeing athletes parading with their flags only inspired him even more.
After a draw with Japan earlier this week, Canada’s women’s soccer team earned their first victory. Two goals from Janine Beckie secured a 2-1 victory over Chile, improving the team’s chances of advancing to the quarter-finals.
While Canada’s women’s water polo team fell short against Australia in their opener, the team still enjoyed a sort of victory: it was the first Olympic appearance for the team. team since 2004.
Despite an 8-5 loss, co-captain Monika Eggens put on a solid performance, scoring a hat trick in her 500th international appearance.
Kyra Christmas, who scored Canada’s first goal, said reaching the Olympics was “like a dream come true.”
The 1st gold medal in Tokyo
Finally: it was the first medal of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
China’s Yang Qian won the gold medal in the women’s 10-meter rifle competition, rising to the top of the podium and setting a new Olympic record of 251.8.
Anastasiia Galachina of the Russian Olympic Committee won silver, while Nina Christen won bronze for Switzerland.