An Olympic qualification, medals won on home soil and across the world, this weekend had plenty of exciting action for Canada.
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The men’s field hockey team qualified for Tokyo 2020 at the FIH Men’s Field Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in West Vancouver. Canada played Ireland on Saturday and lost 5-3, meaning that Canada would have to beat the Irish by three goals the next day. Canada defeated Ireland 4-1 on Sunday, in a dramatic penalty shootout where Canada came out victorious to clinch a spot at the Olympics.
Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirer, skated their way to gold at Skate Canada International in Kelowna on Saturday. The pair scored a total 209.01 points to claim their very first Grand Prix title. In the pairs division, Kristen Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro finished in second place, winning silver with 208.49 points. Over in the men’s program, Nam Nguyen also won a silver, finishing with 262.77 points. This is his first Grand Prix medal since 2014.
Canada’s men had three top 5 finishes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Arthur Margelidon finished in second place in the -73 kg category. In the -100 kg category, Shady El Nahas claimed third place, while Antoine Valois-Fortier took the fifth spot in the men’s -81 kg category.
Two medals were won in Budapest on the fourth stop of the International Swimming League. Sydney Pickrem won gold with the London Roar in the women’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay, and Markus Thormeyer won bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke race. Thormeyer finished the race in a time of 1:51.57, beating his own Canadian record of 1:52.12 which he set in 2018.