Mon, September 23, 2013

Canada today: Preview of Day 5 at the Olympics

By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency

BIG MATCH

Honduras and Japan, the twin surprises of the men’s Olympic soccer tournament, meet in Coventry to end group play. Both countries dealt popular favourite Spain losses. Spain, the reigning World Cup and European Cup champion, hopes to end its tournament with a win over Morocco. Host Great Britain and Uruguay meet in Cardiff. Team GB needs just a draw to advance to the quarter-finals.

Big for Canada

The men’s eight rowing team will look to defend Canada’s Beijing 2008 gold medal on the waters of the Eton College Dorney Lake course. The team finished second in Monday’s repechage after a disappointing first heat.

ELSEWHERE

Canadian swimmers will be busy in the Olympic Park’s aquatic centre. Stratford, Ontario’s Julia Wilkinson (100 m freestyle), Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que. (200 m men’s backstroke), Guelph, Ontario’s Andrew Ford (individual medley 200 m), and Toronto’s Martha McCabe and Oakville, Ontario’s Tera Van Beilen (women’s 200 m breaststroke).

Winnipeg native Clara Hughes and Yellowknife-born Denise Ramsden take to the road for the individual cycling time time trial. Ryder Hesjedal, the Giro d’Italia winner from Victoria, goes for the men’s gold.

At the Excel, Montreal’s Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau lifts in light heavyweight women’s weightlifting and Laval, Quebec’s Alexandre Emond takes on Winston Gordon of Great Britain in men’s 90 kg judo, while Whitby, Ontario’s Kelita Zupancic meets Lucie Decosse of France in women’s 70 kg judo.

Boxer Simon Kean of Trois-Rivieres, Que., steps into the super heavyweight ring with Tony Yoka of France.

TRIVIA

Melissa Tancredi of Hamilton, Ont., propelled Canada into a women’s soccer quarter-final matchup with host Great Britain in Coventry on Tuesday with a pair against Sweden in a 2-2 draw. It was the first time she scored more than once. Canada is 13-4-4 when Tancredi has scored.