Olympic guide to watch Canadian swimmers
What to expect on Saturday night and Sunday morning?
Canadian swimmers ready to attract a lot of attention
One of the exhibitive sports in the Summer Olympics is swimming. The main attraction will be swimming over the next week or so in Tokyo. Canadians won six swimming medals in Rio. Moreover, they achieved a national-record eight in the pool at the 2019 world championships. As a result, they are a big part of the action. The strength of this Olympic was mainly women.
Here is what to watch among Canadian swimmers:
Penny Oleksiak: Since her stunning performance as a 16-year-old when she was at the 2016 Olympics, she hasn’t been quite the same. At the 2016 Olympics, she achieved a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and a silver medal in the 200 free. After that, she raised the expectations and it is something that can be seen in her results over the past five years. Since Rio, she has not achieved an individual medal at a major international meet. Tonight at 10:45 p.m. ET, she will compete in the women’s 4×100 freestyle which might lead to Canada’s first medal of the Tokyo Games.
Summer McIntosh: In Rio Olympic, Penny was in the center of the attention, but this Olympic is all about Summer McIntosh. She is 14 years old. She has the potential to become Canada’s next teenage swimming sensation.
Brent Hayden: This Canadian swimmer is 37 years old. He is considered the oldest Canadian ever to swim in the Olympics. This is Hayden’s fourth game. In 2007 he achieved the 100m freestyle world title and also Olympic bronze in 2012. Due to depression and the back problem, he had quit swimming for seven years but now he is back.
Kylie Masse: Bronze in the 100m backstrokes in Rio was taken by Masse. She also won the world title in 2017 and 2019. Her chance in both of her individual events in Rio was high. But now she is not expected to win gold in the 100 back.
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Maggie Mac Neil: She is the star of the University of Michigan. She frustrated Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström and Australia’s Emma McKeon and won the 100m butterfly. In today’s heat, she achieved fifth place.
Sydney Pickrem: At the 2017 world championships, she achieved the bronze in the 400m individual medley. At first, she wanted to compete in all three of those events in Tokyo but due to medical reasons was scratched from the 400 IM. She is going to compete in relays plus her two remaining individual events.
What to expect on Saturday night/Sunday morning?
Canada’s first medal of the Tokyo Games is expected to be achieved in the women’s 4x100m freestyle final at 10:45 p.m. ET. Kylie Masse and Summer McIntosh are two Canadians to watch in the Sunday morning heats.
The diving duo of Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu achieved silver at each of the last two world championships and they are Canada’s chance to gain its first medal in Tokyo.
Canadian athlete Ellie Black is struggling to become the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in gymnastics. The women’s qualification round will be started at 9 p.m. ET.
It is in the Olympics due to its attraction for younger viewers. Matt Berger and the delightfully named Micky Papa are two Canadian athletes competing in the men’s street event. Besides, a gift from Japanese ninjas was given to Papa.
The Canadian women’s team which is No.3, is going to compete with No. 2-ranked Japan at 1:30 a.m. ET. Their final round-robin game is against 0-3 Italy.
Felix Auger-Aliassime Canadian single-player faces Britain’s Andy Murray in his first-round match. Murray is 34 years old and Auger-Aliassime is 21 years old.
All these live events can be watched on TV on CBC, TSN, and Sportsnet.