Gold medalist Canada's Margaret MacNeil, centre, stands with silver medalist Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, right, and bronze medalist Australia's Emma McKeonAP Photo/Lee Jin-man
AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Weekend Roundup: records, medals and Tokyo 2020 qualifications

Over the weekend, Canada’s athletes won medals on the other side of the world and at home.

Here’s a look at what happened:


Maggie MacNeil raises a fist in celebration after winning the women's 100m butterfly title.

Canada’s Margaret MacNeil reacts after winning the women’s 100m butterfly final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Maggie MacNeil stunned the world on Monday morning when she defeated three-time world champion Sarah Sjöström to win the 100m butterfly title.

MacNeil also set a Canadian record time of 55.83 seconds.

Sydney Pickrem won Canada’s second medal of the day, a bronze in the women’s 200m medley.

READ: Maggie MacNeil wins 100m butterfly title at FINA World Championships
READ: Canada opens World Championships with bronze and Tokyo 2020 qualification

On Saturday, Canada qualified for Tokyo 2020 in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay event after finishing in the top 12 after the preliminary heats.

Team Canada qualified for Tokyo 2020 in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay event after winning bronze on day one of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.  Posting a time of 3:31.78, today's (July 21, 2019) bronze medal team included Kayla Sanchez, Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak and Margaret MacNeil.

They went on to win bronze in the finals, claiming Canada’s first swim medal at the FINA Worlds. Posting a time of 3:31.78, Canada’s bronze medal team included Kayla Sanchez, Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak and Margaret MacNeil.


On Saturday, Jennifer Abel continued to add on to her Canadian record, picking up her tenth FINA World Championships medal. Abel and François Imbeau-Dulac won Canada’s final diving medal, a silver in the mixed 3m synchro event.

READ: Abel and Imbeau-Dulac take silver at FINA World Championships

While Vincent Riendeau didn’t reach the podium in the men’s 10m platform, his efforts did land Canada a quota spot for the event.

Water Polo

This year at the FINA Worlds, Canada won the bronze medal in the men’s beach water polo exhibition series. Canada defeated China 19-18 to claim third place.

Beach Volleyball

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes hold the Canadian flag behind them and hold up their index finger to signal they are number one.

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes are the top team at the FIVB World Tour stop in Edmonton. They defeated the U.S. 2-0 to win the gold medal on Sunday July 21, 2019. (FIVB)

The FIVB World Tour made its first-ever stop in Edmonton. World champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes defeated American duo Betsi Flint and Emily Day 2-0 (21-11, 21-16) to win the gold medal.

READ: Gold and silver for Team Canada at FIVB Volleyball World Tour in Edmonton
RELATED: Pavan and Humana-Paredes claim beach volleyball world title

On the men’s side, Grant O’Gorman and Ben Saxton landed silver, after falling 2-1 (15-21, 25-23, 8-15) to Swiss pair Nico Beeler and Marco Krattiger.


The women's 1500m race on Saturday July 20, 2019 on the first day of the London Diamond League.

Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (far left) chases down the front of the pack during the women’s 1500m race on Saturday June 20, 2019 at the IAAF Diamond League in London. (IAAF)

On Saturday at the London Diamond League, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford won bronze in the women’s 1500m race. She also broke a 34-year-old record held by Lynn Williams (Kanuka) to set a Canadian record of 4:00.26 in the 1500m.

Williams’ record of 4:00.27 was set on August 30, 1985 in Brussels, Belgium.

Sprinter Andre De Grasse ran under 10 seconds for the first time since Rio 2016.


READ: Leah Kirchmann wins silver at La Course by Le Tour de France

On Friday, Leah Kirchmann cycled 121 km to the silver medal at La Course by Tour de France. She completed the race in 3 hours and 15.23 minutes.

This was Kirchmann’s second podium at this event. She won bronze in 2014.