Canada continued to conquer giants in this Olympics, this time defeating France, currently the third-ranked team in the world, in the quarter-finals. Led by a goal by Sophie Schmidt (Abbotsford, BC) and strong goalkeeping by Stephanie Labbé (Stony Plain, AB), Canada managed a tight 1-0 victory and are now guaranteed to play to for a medal. They play Germany in the semi-finals Tuesday, August 16 at 12pm PST.
It was the first day for Athletics and numerous CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes showed their stuff on Day 7. Brianne Theisen-Eaton took on the first three events in the Heptathlon, finishing 6th in Hurdles, 5th in High Jump, 17th in Shot Put and 9th in 200m, leaving her 6th overall after Day 1. The remaining three events go on Saturday.
In Shot Put, Brittany Crew (East York, ON) and Taryn Suttie (Hanley, SK) ended up 18th and 28th respectively, while in the Hammer Throw Heather Steacy (Lethbridge, AB) finished 23rd. In the 20km Race Walk, Evan Dunfee (Richmond, BC) came in 10th, Inaki Gomez (Vancouver, BC) was 12th and Ben Thorne (Kitimat, BC) finished 27th.
The track also featured a number of competitors: In the 1500m, Hilary Stellingwerff (Victoria, BC) finished 7th in her heat and Gabriela Stafford (Toronto, ON) finished 9th in hers, both narrowly missing out making the semi-finals. Khamica Bingham (Brampton, ON) finished 3rd in her 100m heat, missing the semi-finals by two-hundredths of a second, while in the 10,000m, Natasha Wodak (Vancouver, BC) finished 22nd and Lanni Marchant (London, ON) finished 25th.
The Red Caribou finished their Rio Olympics with a terrific game against world #5 India, tying them 2-2.
Canada's Women were in tough against USA and, after a strong first quarter which ended with the Americans up by two, the world #1 showed their strength eventually beating Canada 81-51. CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes Kim Gaucher (Mission, BC) and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (Penticton, BC) are part of Canada's squad. They next play Spain on Sunday afternoon.