Canadian Roundup: Another LPGA title and more podium finishes
With only 32 days to the start of Rio 2016, Team Canada athletes continue to succeed on the international stage.
From a worlds medal in mountain bike to another LPGA golf title, check out this weekend’s highlights.
Brooke Henderson won another trophy, capturing her third LPGA career victory. The 18-year-old shot one-under-par on the final day, to defend her Portland Classic title on Sunday. Henderson who is only in her first year on the pro tour, has already earned a qualification spot at Rio 2016.
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I can't sleep because I'm absolutely buzzing from Caffeine and perhaps the bronze medal ☺️. I absolutely love everyone and the support and inspiration you give me in my life, training and racing. So happy that today worked out. Mountain bike racing is crazy, and it changes every weekend, but I love every bit of it and I am thankful to be apart of this sport! Phone down. Trying to sleep. Good night! ❤️
Emily Batty won bronze at the mountain bike UCI world cross-country championships in Czech Republic on Saturday. The 2015 Pan Am champion‘s final sprint from fourth, landed her a spot on her first world podium. Batty’s Olympic teammate Catherine Pendrel finished fifth, giving Canada two strong contenders in women’s mountain bike competition at Rio 2016.
It was a big weekend on the beach volleyball courts with two Canadian teams reaching the Portec Major podium in Croatia. On Saturday, Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan won silver for the second straight year, in what Bansley called her “favourite tournament” on Instagram. Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk also found the podium after winning the bronze medal match against Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins.
Canadian tennis stars are currently in London for Wimbledon, one of the biggest tennis tournaments. Milos Raonic, who was named to Team Canada last week, defeated Vasek Pospisil’s American doubles partner, Jack Sock to advance to the fourth round. While Raonic is the only Canadian in the singles tournament, Daniel Nestor and Pospisil remain in the doubles competition.
Rio qualified Michelle Li won the Canada Open stop on the Grand Prix circuit. The Canadian defeated American Iris Wang in the semifinals, before a walkover against Beiwen Zhang of the United States awarded her the gold medal.
Canada’s Olympic bound men’s volleyball team won its World League group on Sunday, despite a loss to hosts Finland. Canada fell 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-13) after a close final set. The squad will head to the final four in Portugal, where the winner will move into Group One in next year’s competition.
Canada Basketball released its roster for the nation’s last shot at clinching an Olympic berth this summer. Standouts on the team include Tristian Thompson, who won the NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While Anthony Bennett and Toronto Raptor Cory Joseph will return to Canada’s roster.