Fri, September 20, 2013

Canada Today: Day 6 Preview

By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency

BIG EVENT

American phenomenon Michael Phelps will try to make it a hat-trick in the men’s 200M individual medley. No male swimmer has ever won the same Olympic swimming event three consecutive times. He will face competition from countryman Ryan Lochte.

Big for Canada

Canada’s first of two medal hopes for the day include the women’s eight rowing team in the final at Eton Dorney. The octet hopes to meet or beat the silver won Tuesday by the men’s eights. There is also a score to settle with the U.S. team, which won by only 300ths of a second when they raced in a world cup regatta at Lucerne, Switzerland. London, Ontario-born gymnast Dominique Pegg competes in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final.

ELSEWHERE

In Judo, Amy Cotton of Varennes, Que. faces France’s Audrey Tcheumeo at ExCelin women 78 kg.

Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C. continues his medal quest in men’s 50 m freestyle swimming at the Aquatic Centre. His teammates are also busy: Alexa Komarnycky of Victoria and Savannah King of Vancouver (800 m freestyle), Joe Bartoch (100 m butterfly), Sinead Russell of Burlington, Ont. (200 m backstroke) and Hilary Caldwell of Victoria (women’s 200 m backstroke),

In beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade, Ville LaSalle, Quebec’s Marie-Andree Lessard and Sherbrooke, Quebec’s Annie Martin take on Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti of Italy.

At Weymouth, West Vancouver’s Zac Plavsic and Nikola Girke ride the waves in RS:X windsurfing.

TRIVIA

Equestrian rider Ian Millar is making his 10th appearance at the Olympics. One of his Olympic heroes is Canada’s chef de mission Mark Tewksbury, who won gold and bronze at Barcelona 1992 and silver at Seoul 1988 as a swimmer.