Fri, September 20, 2013

Canada Today: Day 7 preview

By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency

BIG EVENT

A win in Coventry on Friday for Canada’s women’s soccer team will mean a spot in the medal round of the London 2012 tournament. Canada needs to get by the host Great Britain in the same stadium where Canada lost its opener to defending World Cup champion Japan. Britain shocked Brazil 1-0 before 70,000 at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. Canada needs Christine Sinclair of Burnaby and Melissa Tancredi of Ancaster, Ont. to perform at their best in front of the partisan home crowd.

BIG FOR CANADA

Victoria-based duo Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen take to the waters of Eton Dorney in the men’s pair rowing final, hoping to convert their Beijing 2008 silver medals into London 2012 gold. But first they’ll have to overcome their nemesis from New Zealand, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond. Murray and Bond set a new world record Saturday in the first heat with a six-minute, 8.5 second time.

ELSEWHERE

A week after the opening ceremony, Olympic Stadium reopens with track and field. Kamloops, B.C.-based Dylan Armstrong and Justin Rodhe are in the shot put qualifying round. Same for hammer thrower James Steacy of Saskatoon. Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Sask. and Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., begin the heptathlon. Alex Genest of Guelph, Ont. is in the men’s 3,000 m steeplechase.

Synchronized divers Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que. and Montreal’s Emilie Heymans won Canada’s first medal of London 2012, a bronze on Sunday, compete in the women’s 3 metre springboard preliminary at the Aquatics Centre. Ryan Cochrane of Victoria begins his quest to meet or beat his Beijing 2008 bronze medal in the men’s 1,500 m freestyle. The men’s and women’s 100 m medley relay teams will also swim.

At ExCel, Custio Clayton of Dartmouth, N.S. takes on Australian Cameron Hammond in a men’s welterweight match in boxing’s round of 16.

Laser sailors Halifax’s Danielle Dube and Oakville, Ontario’s David Wright will ply the waters at Weymouth.

Cory Niefer of Saskatoon is entered in the 50 m rifle prone men’s qualification at the shooting range.

TRIVIA

Canadian captain Christine Sinclair’s 139 goals in 13 seasons make her the nation’s all-time soccer scoring leader on the international stage. She is third on the all-time world scoring list, trailing American rival Abby Wambach (140) and retired great Mia Hamm (158). Sinclair has scored 19 goals in her last 18 matches.