Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., Remain perfect at the Tokyo Olympics after winning their round of 16 match on Monday.
The Canadian duo eliminated Spaniards Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan 2-0, dominating their opponents 21-13, 21-13.
Reigning world champions Humana-Paredes and Pavan won their four group matches 2-0.
Canada is the only country with two teams remaining in the tournament.
Humana-Paredes and Pavan will face Australians Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Taliqua Clancy in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
This game will take place just after Heather Bansley of Waterdown, Ont., And Brandie Wilkerson of Toronto face Latvians Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka in the quarterfinals.
“Normally at this point there would be two Americans or two Brazilians, but now you see two Canadians and I think that says a lot about our program and our federation,” said Humana-Paredes. “I think as a country we should be really proud of where we are. “
Humana-Paredes and Pavan have been dominant since their first partnership five years ago. They have reached the finals of 14 international events and won seven, including the 2019 world title and a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In track and field, two sisters from Toronto advanced to the 1,500-meter semi-finals.
Gabriela Debues-Stafford won her race in four minutes 3.70 seconds ahead of Briton Laura Muir to advance to Wednesday’s first semi-final. Her younger sister Lucia Stafford finished seventh with a personal best 4: 03.52 and advanced to the second semi-final.
“I have my eyes on something important in the final so I’m happy to have completed the first round,” said Debues-Stafford. “I felt really good doing it. “
Natalia Hawthorn of North Vancouver, BC, was 10th in her race and was eliminated.
Crystal Emmanuel of Toronto bounced back a day after failing to advance to the women’s 100m final. The 29-year-old qualified for the 200m final with a first place in her race with a season best time of 22.74 seconds.
There were mixed results for Canada in canoe sprinting.
Andreanne Langlois of Lac Beauport, Que., And Michelle Russell, of Fall River, NS, advanced to the semi-finals in the 200-meter kayak. Langlois won their quarter-final in 41.728 seconds. Russell narrowly advanced, beating Britain’s Emily Lewis by five thousandths of a second.
“I’m happy to be on the safe side of the finish photo,” said Russell. “I had no idea where I was the whole race. When we crossed the finish line, Emily Lewis right next to me, we were looking at each other and didn’t know what was going on. “
Roland Varga and Connor Fitzpatrick’s men’s team advanced to the 1,000-meter canoe doubles semi-final.
But Simon McTavish of Oakville, Ont., Was eliminated from the 1000 singles kayak. Alanna Bray-Lougheed and Madeline Schmidt’s team failed to progress in the 500 meter double kayak.
In wrestling, Danielle Lappage of Olds, Alta., Lost her first women’s 68-kilogram game 7-0 to Russian wrestler Khanum Velieva and failed to advance to the quarter-finals.
“I was really confident, I had a good feeling and I just thought it would have ended differently,” said Lappage.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 2, 2021.