Team Canada learning you win some, you lose some at the Olympics

Team Canada learning you win some, you lose some at the Olympics

today is sunday august 1st and this is tokyo daily the olympic show from the toronto star i’m your host brennan dunlop can you believe it’s august can you believe the race andre de grasse ran his fastest 100 meter time ever and he took bronze sunday morning in tokyo without usain bolt’s olympic games we knew the throne was there for the taking and lamont marcel jacobs from italy took it but degrasse what a run he overcame a slow start with a blistering final 30 meters to finish third and become the first canadian to take two olympic medals in the 100 meters and he’s not done in tokyo it took penny alexia to olympics to become the most decorated canadian olympian ever a bronze medal in the pool in the four by 100 meter relay was her seventh olympic medal and you can see how much it meant to her to share it with her relay teammates sydney pikram kylie moss and maggie mcneil she’ll fly home with a medal in every color mcneil won gold in the 100 meter butterfly silver in the four by 100 meter freestyle relay just incredible what the canadian swim team did in the pool six medals with all they went through all the time they spent out of the pool because of pandemic restrictions particularly in ontario and penny alexia she battled back issues injuries since becoming a teenage superstar in rio just incredible that she is now the most decorated canadian olympian ever and she can head to paris in three years with just the personal goal of adding to her incredible total the united states took silver and australia won that four by 100 meter relay event making emma mckeon the first female swimmer to win seven medals at the same olympic games michael phelps mark spitz and matt biandi the only men to ever do it emma mckeon had herself a games canada’s women’s basketball team had a tough game again they lost their last group stage match 76-66 before he went to bed they dropped it to spain so one win and two losses coming out of the group that means they’ll be scoreboard watching today to see if they’ve done enough to advance the quarterfinals spain were in control for much of this game shot 59 percent from the field spain six foot six center asked to endure drop the game high 20 points loads of easy layups too a series of turnovers missed shots had spain open up an 18-point lead at one point so to have just lost by 10 that differential could be massive because here’s how it breaks down let me get into the math for a second canada a plus seven point differential after three games so the scoreboard watching because france currently sitting third in group b have a plus 21 differential right now but they do have to play team usa in their last group stage game australia third in group c with a minus 17 differential and they’re gonna beat up on puerto rico in tokyo it’s three groups of four that make up this 12 team tournament meaning that canada could go through as one of the two best third place teams kia nurse has really yet to play at her best she put up 14 points against spain in the sand the canadian women’s beach volleyball duo of heather bainsley and brandy wilkerson pulled off a big upset they knocked off the favorite americans and kelly clays and sarah’s sponsor to reach the quarterfinals so they could meet gold medal favorites canadian duo sarah pavin and melissa ximena paradise in the semi-finals but back to de grasse who ran his personal best 989 to take bronze in the 100 meter very happy to go back to tokyo and chat with dave feshik of the toronto star dave how you doing brandon’s doing great man how’s it going for you i’m okay i’m okay it was an early one for canadians to wake up and watch andre de grasse finish third in the 100 meter what did you think of that dash you know what it’s uh not a completely unexpected result right i know everybody uh was hoping for better and i understand that you know the the tradition of uh canadian sprinting is uh is considerable and degrass has shown a credible promise through his uh you know remarkable rise from from that kid in toronto running in basketball shoes and baggy shorts to the to the uh to the incredibly accomplished uh olympic uh medalist that he is now four-time olympic medalist that he is now but uh but you know i remember talking to donovan bailey in the lead-up to these olympics and donovan was uh very complementary of the italian gentleman uh le mans marcel jacobs who who won gold and and really pointed out that fred curley who ended up getting the silver you know had had been very uh very good this season without really putting a 400 meters together so i’m not saying bailey called the shot i do think he actually had a lot of belief in in andre degrasse’s ability to pull one out of the hat here um but let’s face it here i think andre degrasse’s best shot at something better than our bronze is going to be in the 200 meters and and it’s probably going to be in the four ball 100 meter relay with his uh teammates from canada yeah that’s right i spoke with donovan bailey uh yesterday on my cbc show and we were he was saying on and off air how he really thought you know curly was the threat you could tell he really thought yeah curly was the biggest threat but i think for a lot of people this field was wide open which made it so exciting you saw the the with the british uh runner get disqualified um there was so much attention on the chinese runner in this race um to see andre degrasse in the last bit there they showed the he you know every 30 meters um he he really turned turned on the jets in the end and to run in lane nine it’s not easy no i especially you know with uh the guy the guy in lane eight pulling up lame mid-race that can’t help you i wouldn’t think uh you know i remember yeah talking to uh donovan you know he’s a great resource obviously and and talking to donovan’s people i did a pretty long retrospective on donovan’s 25th anniversary of his 1996 gold in atlanta and uh you know speaking to his coach dan paff and his uh his main man his chiropractor physiotherapist slash uh uh miracle worker mark lindsey who really got donovan up from a really uh devastating injury only a few weeks before that olympics uh and got him to the start line in atlanta they all talked about how in the heats you know it’s so important to your point it’s so important in the heats to uh in the semi-final to get a spot in the middle of the race you want to be in lane four lane five i believe donovan won from lane six and uh in atlanta so yeah i don’t think i don’t think lane nine is an ideal spot and obviously it spoke to you know probably a performance he he wishes it was a little better uh in setting up the final but as you mentioned he’s got his eyes set on on other events uh still track and field the the being this weekend was weird for me you know we’re used to the 100 meter dash being on the final weekend of the olympics that the last sunday it’s kind of the crowning moment i kind of feel like the organizers got this one wrong do you man there’s so much wrong about this whole thing right yeah okay it’s so wrong to like i walked into that stadium the other night i was lucky enough to be there when when mo ahmed uh made that incredible run in the 10 000 meters uh at tokyo olympic stadium and it’s such a bizarre uh it’s such a bizarre backdrop for attract me right to have this massive gorgeous state it’s a beautiful place uh but to have it lying empty uh for these athletes is just so strange and so some kind of apocalyptic apocalyptic almost and and some of the greatest you know man i’ve been lucky to be at a handful of these things brendan and and you know the the thing you always look forward to is the moment when the electricity in a in a packed olympic stadium turns to the you know pin drop silence of the moments before 100 meter final and we just were robbed of that right we didn’t we didn’t get that tonight and the athletes really more importantly forget us the athletes didn’t get that tonight and you wonder how it affects things you’ll we’ll never know how it affected people the would andre degrasse have been better feeding off the electricity of a crowd he does seem like a no he’s not he’s not usain bolt but he’s he’s a showman in that in that sort of vein right he enjoys playing to the crowd he obviously enjoyed playing to bolt when he had that chance to run with bolt um and so i will never know how the race would have gone if there was you know 60 000 people in that stadium but uh we do know how it went uh with the stadium being empty and it didn’t feel right yeah donovan bailey said he couldn’t imagine running a competitive race in an empty stadium he very much fed off of that i asked alex de patie the same question about diving in an empty aquatic center and he said well that’s how we train so for it to be a competition you’d be aware that it’s a competition be strange for it to be empty but mentally the adjustment would be different i think for for sprinting it is such a show you can tell that they they feed off of it in a certain way and that that was absent at these games which has uh definitely been a theme uh across the board but um for for lamont jacobs i mean and for fans of track and field it’s wide open in the in the men’s 100 meter dash department which has got to be exciting for for a diamond league when that gets going again it’s exciting for italy i mean the first italian fastest man in the world right and uh i’ll be at born in el paso texas but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s uh that he’s you know he’s italian and he uh grew up in italy and and and look at him now well uh let’s talk about erica weave that’s your story in the toronto star this morning you were there as she was eliminated in the first round um such a difficult uh run for her and preparing for these games and and defending gold is is difficult in normal situations but this was anything but for canadian wrestlers yeah i mean look erica weave um you know we know her as that sort of gleaming smiling face of in a lot of ways of this canadian olympic team she was one of the marquis marquis people uh coming into tokyo no doubt about it she’s she was one of the people who did the best in the wake of the rio games having won the gold medal there she got some sponsors she was able to build a profile uh and good for her uh turns out we didn’t know the half of the struggle she went through uh to get to tokyo and of course today she lost uh in the first very first match to to the competitor from estonia uh at may and you know six minutes after five years brendan you get six minutes of wrestling and that’s all erica we’ve got because uh even though she would have had a chance in the repertoire to get a bronze if may had advanced uh beyond the semi-final uh you know may lost the very next match to the japanese which essentially eliminated erika weave so yeah very tough go not only because i think the way canadian coaches have spun it in the way canadian athletes have spun it and i don’t think it’s spin i think it’s legitimate canada had tougher restrictions than basically every country on the planet uh certainly the wrestling planet um so while the european competitors that erica weeb uh and and her colleagues in canada were going to have to face the olympics were training in training camps with 10 10 12 nations together at that time while they were traveling more freely than canadians you know erica we’ve talked about how she spent some of the off-season outside the world cup circuit shadow wrestling which is by the way wrestling with nobody wrestling with an imaginary opponent uh you know she said there’s some value in it but it’s obviously not the exact same thing not even a reasonable facsimile of of wrestling a sweaty muscular you know you know uh you know incredibly athletic opponent like the one she wrestled today so and then on top of that erica weeb was uh who you know had not mentioned in the lead-up to tokyo at least to my knowledge she had not mentioned that she had suffered an incredibly long list of injuries including two strains of various knee ligaments and a really bad ankle sprain that had her in an ankle boot only about a few weeks ago so not a particular when you when you take all that in in retrospect i guess it wasn’t a particular surprise that you know she did not repeat as a gold medalist repeating is always difficult uh it seems like it was going to be a lot more difficult for her given all those circumstances i outlined yeah so so much for her to have to have gone through so disappointing to see it come up so short as you mentioned you know with work for five years and see it all go away in six minutes um but really the shadow wrestling i mean i’ve i i don’t know about you but uh shadow writing is something that i i’ve tried a few times that’s all in my head it’ll come out when i finally get to the keyboard or to the pen and it just it doesn’t translate it doesn’t work that way uh let’s finish up quickly uh on rowing you were you were at the regatta to see the the women’s eight rowing team um when go uh with a medal and uh when we were speaking before yeah you said the pressure was really on rowing here the rowing team sending their largest contingencies the pressure was to return return medals and uh to come home with the gold and women’s eight after a medal the day before is pretty good for the rowing team yeah that’s that was pulling one out of the fire because this was the second olympics in a row brendan where the women’s eight had been asked to sort of redeem a pretty disappointing regatta uh five years ago in rio i was there when you know they had one medal going into the final day of the regatta it was a silver lightweight double um and and that was not enough for for a a program that gets 20 million dollars in quadrennial funding from own the podium that’s right up there with swimming and and athletics and swimming and athletics are bringing medals and rowing hasn’t been uh five years ago in rio the women’s eight was asked to sort of redeem a pretty disappointing regatta and they couldn’t do it they came fifth uh this year they were asked to do it and with three holdovers from that olympic team uh that olympic gate they did it in style man that was that was a thrilling race uh they won the gold knocked off the reigning world champions from new zealand and and maybe more satisfying they knock off the united states from the podium uh united states of course had won three straight gold medals in women’s eights going in to tokyo and this uh they left tokyo having not won a medal in any rowing race for the first time since 1908 i mean speaking of pandemic oddities there’s one for you in the rowing world um but man it was touching for for me anyways i mean for for those of us who remember the glory years of of canadian rowing 92-96 when they won a total of uh 10 medals combined over those two games of course led by marty mcbean and kathleen heddle who won three goals over that span in various events including the women’s eight in 1992 for these young women of this eighth to uh cite the inspiration of kathleen hetler of course very sadly died in january at age 55 after a really long battle with cancer uh i mean i was i was i was joking up listening to these girls talk about that after the race talking about how they heard thunder in the distance and they said hey that’s kathleen she’s cheering for us she’s we are going to bring the thunder we are the storm i think was the words they chose and and they rode like it and they backed it up and and that’s what that’s what you’re supposed to do when you get 20 million dollars in the podium funding you’re supposed to be the storm uh and you’re supposed to prove you’re supposed to deliver and i know it always doesn’t work out uh but it’s it’s a glorious thing to see what it does i’m glad you got to be there for that i mean canadians watching at home could definitely see the emotion when they when they won gold and crossed the finish line there so to hear the back story behind it i’m glad that you were able to tell it i know you’re busy out there dave your work has been great in the toronto star uh writing from tokyo so thank you very much for jumping on tokyo daily with me brandon always a pleasure i hope you’re doing well check out dave’s piece in the toronto star on donovan bailey it came out on tuesday just googled the headline donovan bailey won the 100 meters in the olympics 25 years ago despite a devastating injury his secret relax what a story the front page story in the sunday sports section featuring a great piece from bruce arthur about how the athletes have saved these olympic games and look for his piece from the olympic stadium after degrasse’s bronze medal as well gymnastics has got the spotlight on monday but simone biles won’t stand in it the six-time olympic medalist won gold in the floor exercise in rio but has opted not to compete in japan and is the story ongoing wake up at 4 am because that’ll be the story watch canada’s women’s soccer team they’re in the semifinal against the united states will christine sinclair and company avenged their heartbreaking semi-final loss at london 2012 as diana matheson has repeatedly said the officiating has been good at this tournament so canada has a fair shake hope you think this is a fair show thanks for listening to tokyo daily watch us on youtube every single day during the olympic games on the toronto star’s youtube page and thanks for subscribing and liking us wherever you listen to your podcast my name is brandon dunlop i’ll talk to you tomorrow [Music]
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