Weekend Roundup: De Grasse and Brown open season with silvers

Summer is definitely on the horizon with Canada’s sprinters returning to action this weekend. Let’s take a look at what happened on the track and elsewhere this weekend:


Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown opened their season on Saturday at the Grenada Invitational in St. George’s, Grenada.

For De Grasse, it marked his first individual competition since July 2018. It was worth the wait, as he finished on the 200m podium in second place. Brendon Rodney also ran in the 200m, and finished in fourth place.

Teammate Brown ran his second best time in a season opener in the 100m, claiming the silver medal.

Racewalker Evan Dunfee met the minimum requirements towards qualifying for Tokyo 2020 over the weekend. He finished the 50km race in 3:49:00 in Wajima, Japan, ahead of the 3:50:00 standard.

Dunfee still has to punch his ticket to Tokyo through Athletics Canada’s Olympic Trials in the summer of 2020, but it’s a big step in the right direction.

At Rio 2016, he finished just off the podium in fourth place.

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Today’s race was all about framing. It’s been a tough last two years struggling to find the fitness I know I have, the form that took me to within inches of my lifelong dream of standing on the Olympic podium. Today’s race was no different, well off what I know I can do, light years from what it will take to be in a position to fight for that podium again but with a very important silver lining. Today I hung on to better the Olympic Games qualifying mark of 3:50. With half way splits of 1:51:30 and 1:57:30 it is not how I would recommend pacing a race but, IM GOING TO TOKYO! While today wasn’t the race I necessarily wanted, I’m walking away incredibly positive because now I’ll have the chance to return to Japan next year and prove to myself what I know I’m capable of, but now to put the work in. • Thank you so much to @jaaf_official for allowing us to come and race. Japanese race walking is in an amazing place right now and it was an honour to be a guest! I was blown away with the amount of people on the course cheering for me as well. Tokyo is going to be incredibly special! • #TeamNB #Racewalk #nuunlife #teamtap #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #athletics #Japan #ultraendurance #ovaltrained

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High jumper Derek Drouin participated in his first official event since June 2017. He competed at the Chris Rinne Twilight meeting in Riverside, California, winning the event with a jump height of 2.13m.

Rio 2016: Derek Drouin celebrates a clearance before winning high jump gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016.


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Loren Gabel of Canada, second left, celebrates her equalizing 2-2 goal with Brigette Lacquette, while Rosa Lindstedt of Finland falls during the IIHF Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships semifinal match between Canada and Finland in Espoo, Finland, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

In the semi-finals, Finland took Canada by surprise with a 4-2 victory. Canada had a chance to tie the game in the third period with two goals. Both goals were overturned and ruled no-goal.

Team Canada finished off the Women’s World Hockey Championship by shutting out the Russians 7-0 to win the bronze medal.

Canada will host the 2020 tournament in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.

Figure Skating

Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro perform their pairs free program routine during the ISU World Team Trophy Figure Skating competition Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)

Canada’s figure skaters competed for the ISU World Team Trophy this weekend. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro had Canada’s best result in the event, with their third place finish in the free program. Their routine scored them 131.84 points.

Team Canada finished fifth overall in the competition with 73 points.


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Denis Shapovalov faces off against German Jan-Lennard Struff at the Monte Carle Open on April 15, 2019. (Getty Images/Clive Brunskill)

Coming off his impressive run at the Miami Open, Denis Shapovalov was the first Canadian in action at the Monte Carlo Open. However, he didn’t fare so well this time, falling to German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round.

Shapovalov is back on the court on Tuesday with Felix Auger-Aliassime when they join forces for the doubles tournament.

Auger-Aliassime will have the task of playing two games on the same day. He will also face Juan Ignacio Londero on Tuesday in singles action.