It was a busy weekend for Team Canada athletes, with plenty of firsts, including a Tokyo 2020 qualification.
Climb up or dive down into what you missed this weekend.
First Women’s Sport Climbing Qualification
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Words don’t do justice for how proud I am of @alannah_yip, who last night became the first Canadian woman to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games representing @climbcanada and @teamcanada 🇨🇦 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am so happy that I could be here to witness this feat and help in way that I could. I don’t know if I’ve ever screamed louder while Alannah was reaching the high point on the lead climb; as with my own qualification, I could not stop myself from crying once I knew she had secured her Olympic berth 🙏🏽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Singing our National Anthem has never felt so good 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🎞 by: @gajdaphotography | @lukewebstr | @carolcoelho #olympics #tokyo2020 #qualified
After winning the Pan Am Sport Climbing Olympic Qualifier, Alannah Yip secured her ticket to Tokyo 2020. She received a first place in boulder, a third place finish in lead and a fifth place in speed to take the win and the last available Pan American spot.
First Speed Skating (Vice) Thrones 👑
Dubreuil picked up his sprint silver medal on Saturday. He is only the fourth Canadian to reach the overall sprint podium in the event’s 50 year history. Blondin climbed the second step of the allround podium on Sunday. She is the first to reach the podium since Christine Nesbitt in 2012. This is that Dubreuil and Blondin have reached the podium at these championships.
At this championship, skaters race in multiple races over two days, and the athlete with the lowest score at the end is the champion.
First Diving World Series Stop of the Season
READ: Canadian divers capture two more gold medals at FINA Diving World Series in Montreal
READ: Canada wins three more medals at FINA Diving World Series in Montreal
READ: Canada wins two gold, one bronze at FINA Diving World Series in Montreal
At the first stop of the FINA Diving World Series, Team Canada captured eight medals over three days at home in Montréal.
Benfeito and Caeli McKay also won gold in the synchronized 10m platform, with Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu following suit in the 3m synchro. Finally in the mixed 3m synchronized springboard event, Abel alongside François Imbeau-Dulac captured the gold medal.
First Dual Moguls Podium
On the slopes, Laurent Dumais finished third in the dual moguls World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan, marking his first podium in the event. Ahead of him on the podium was Mikaël Kingsbury in second. Kingsbury has been on every podium this season, and won six out of nine events.
First Career WTA Final
Ever Leylah Annie Fernandez defeated world No.5 Belinda Bencic at the Fed Cup qualifying round earlier this month, she has been on fire, winning six straight matches during the Mexican Open. Until the final against seventh seed Heather Watson, she had yet to drop a set. The 17-year-old is now 126th in the WTA Rankings, rising 64 spots from last week.
Gaby Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman also had an excellent week, finishing second in their respective tournaments.
First Karate Medal of the Year
At the Salzburg, Austria stop of the Karate 1 Premier League, Haya Jumaa won the silver medal in the -61kg class. Jumaa has just over a month to move up into the top four in the WKF rankings in order to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
First-ever Mixed Skeleton Team Event
Canadian Records on the Track
Over on the track, two Canadian records were set. On the running track at the Boston University Last Chance meet, Justyn Knight ran a time of 3:36.13 in the 1500m, breaking Doug Consiglio’s previous time of 3:38.73 from 1986. The Toronto native has yet to lose a race this year.
Over on the cycling track, the women’s team pursuit set a Canadian record, shaving off four seconds since the last World Cup.
Swinging into Second Place
Mackenzie Hughes finished second at The Honda Classic, at five under par. This is his best finish since the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in 2019, where he tied with Chris Stroud for runner-up, at 17 under par.
Get Better Soon 😥
Unfortunately Team Justin Kripps had to withdraw from the IBSF World Championships when Kripps tore his hamstring during the push in the second run. Wishing Kripps a speedy recovery!