Canadian Roundup: Titles, medals, a record and more
With 67 days to Rio 2016, Canadians hauled some serious hardware including titles brought home by athletes in athletics, rowing and rugby.
Here’s a breakdown of Canada’s awesome weekend.
It was a big weekend for Canadians in athletics. Damian Warner (decathlon) and Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon) led the excitement, both winning gold at the prestigious Hypo-meeting in Gotzis on Sunday. At the Diamond League stop in Eugene, Mohammed Ahmed finished third and smashed his 5,000m Canadian record, while Shawn Barber took silver in men’s pole vault.
Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee were golden at the second World Rowing Cup, after an extremely close race in the lightweight double sculls on Sunday. The pair beat some of the world’s top boats on their way to victory, including the defending world champions Sophie Mackenzie and Julia Edward of New Zealand.
The women’s rugby team became cup champions after beating Australia 29-19 at the final World Sevens Series tournament on Sunday. Kelly Russell won the tournament’s player of the final award, while Brittany Benn and Ghislaine Landry were named to the Clermont Sevens dream team.
Cycling – Mountain Bike
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What a day. I don't think my body will let me sleep much tonight! Being forced to dab early on the starting climb meant a lot of traffic and chasing so I was excited to actually make it to the front of the race by last lap encouraged by some of the loudest crowds I've experienced at a race. 2nd place today. 2nd overall. Top team. Racing in La Bresse is pretty rad. #ucimtbworldcup #labresse @lunaproteam 📸@mdelormephoto #lunaBar @orbeabicycles @clifbarcompany #mtb #orbeaoiz
Catharine Pendrel and Emily Batty won silver and Bronze respectively at the third mountain bike world cup in La Bresse, France. The Canadians’ impressive performances on Sunday moved them up in the overall world Cup rankings, with Pendrel in second and Batty in fourth.
Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan return to the FIVB podium after finishing third at the Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday. The Canadians defeated Brazil 21-16,21-18 to win their first FIVB medal since returning to the tour last weekend, after an injury to Pavan kept them out of competition.
Brooke Henderson claimed her ninth top-10 finish of the season after tying for third at an LPGA event in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday. This was Henderson second best LPGA result since the 18-year finished second at a tournament Florida in February. Her latest performance moves the Canadian up to fourth in the world rankings.
Tyler Mislawchuk won the Calaponte Triweek triathlon in Italy on Saturday. The Canadian finished in one hour 48 minutes and 20 seconds to secure the title.