Canadian roundup: Records, breakthroughs and more podiums
Canadians set three athletics records this weekend, while others found World Cup podiums and mixed fortunes.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton broke her own national heptathlon record in the process of winning the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria, her second title in three years. Decathlete Damian Warner, also a past winner in Gotzis, fouled out of the shot put and had to settle for 14th place with impressive showings in other events.
In Eugene, Oregon Cam Levins broke the national 10,000m record by more than 16 seconds running 27:07.51, while Christabel Nettey matched her Canadian indoor long jump record with an identical outdoor mark of 6.99m.
Mark de Jonge ended the World Cup portion of the canoe/kayak season with two medals this weekend, giving him five in total. The ICF Sprint World Cup combines Olympic and non-Olympic events and races in three locations. Canadians will now focus on the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and World Championships.
In the new mixed-gender synchro events, Canada had a breakthrough in the 3m springboard, where Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac unseated the Chinese for gold in the final FINA Diving World Series competition in Merida, Mexico.
Catharine Pendrel beat out national teammate Emily Batty for a top-three place in the second ICU Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country race of the season. Pendrel’s third place complements a fourth position in the World Cup opener a week earlier.
The national men’s team split a weekend series in Bulgaria, winning on Saturday but losing Sunday’s match in the FIVB World League. Canada continues to be first in Pool C and will host the next four matches on Canadian courts.
Vasek Pospisil is the last Canadian left in the French Open. With partner Jack Sock of the United States, Pospisil is through to the men’s doubles quarterfinals. Daniel Nestor was ousted from the men’s and mixed doubles over the weekend.