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Tokyo Olympics Day 10: Andre De Grasse is Canada’s first male medallist this summer; U.S. shot-putter delivers first political demonstration on the podium


Tokyo Olympics Day 10: Andre De Grasse is Canada’s first male medallist this summer; U.S. shot-putter delivers first political demonstration on the podium

11:12 p.m. (Updated): In the morning, Raven Saunders of the United States captured the silver medal in the shot put.

At night, Saunders delivered the first political demonstration on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics when she raised her arms and crossed them in the shape of an “X” after receiving her medal, setting the stage for a standoff between the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic leaders.

10:03 p.m.: World champion Sifan Hassan made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat at the Olympics on Monday.

Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. She sped around the outside of the pack on the back straight and ended up crossing the line first in 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds to qualify for the semifinals.

It kept alive the Dutch runner’s bid for a rare distance-running treble at the Tokyo Games.

9:47 p.m.: Canada has sent its second team to the quarterfinals of the women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Toronto’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., downed Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan 2-0 in a round of 16 match on Monday.

The Canadians overpowered the duo from Spain 21-13, 21-13.

8:50 p.m.: Sydney Pickrem proved some Olympians are just like us after winning her first medal as part of the women’s 4×100-metre medley relay Sunday.

The 24-year-old Canadian-American doesn’t specialize in the breaststroke — she typically swims the individual medley — but stepped up as Canada’s second swimmer in the pool. Kylie Masse opened with the backstroke and Pickrem’s role was to keep Canada in contention so that Maggie Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak could close things out in the butterfly and freestyle legs.

Catch up on Olympic notables with Laura Armstrong: Now streaming from Tokyo: Canadian swimmers say the darndest things

8:35 p.m.: Micah Christenson gave coach John Speraw a long, tearful embrace as his U.S. men’s volleyball teammates slumped on the floor and the victorious Argentinians celebrated.

Instead of building on the bronze medal won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, the Americans are going home early from the Olympics for the first time in more than 20 years.

7:00 p.m. Some day, that thick chain Andre De Grasse always wears around his neck will be swinging a hunka-chunka gold. Just you wait.

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Perchance Wednesday, after the sprinting ace from Markham, Ont. races the 200 metres that is his stronger distance. For now, he must content himself — and delighted indeed he was Sunday night — with being the third-fastest 100-metre man.

The latest from the Star’s Rosie DiManno in Tokyo: Olympic bronze is cool, but Andre De Grasse — Canada’s first male medallist in Tokyo — might be just getting started

11:00 a.m.: On Tokyo Daily, host Brendan Dunlop talks with the Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk in Tokyo after Andre De Grasse’s bronze medal run in the men’s 100-metre dash.

Watch the latest Tokyo Daily: Team Canada learning you win some, you lose some at the Olympics

10:15 a.m.: US shot putter Raven “Hulk” Saunders raised her arms in an “X” gesture upon mounting the podium to receive her silver medal in women’s shot put.

She said the demonstration signified “the intersection of where all oppressed people meet.”

The IOC has strict rules against podium protests. No disciplinary actions have yet been announced against Saunders.

10:10 a.m.: A Belarus track sprinter alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Tokyo’s main airport.

An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and would seek asylum with the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo.

10:00 a.m.: If grasping the many nuances of Olympic-level sailing requires years spent in a boat learning to read the whims of the wind and the water, Toronto’s Sarah Douglas also trained for her debut at these Tokyo Games in the living room of her apartment in the Canary District.

When she wasn’t travelling the world racing on the World Cup circuit in the laser radial class, Douglas also spent time sweating through workouts on what’s called a hiking bench. “Hiking,” in sailing jargon, is the technique sailors use to balance a boat in full sail, essentially dangling themselves over the edge of the boat, leaning out over the waves.

Dave Feschuk has the story: Sarah Douglas took ‘medal or nothing’ approach, finishes sixth in Tokyo Olympics regatta

Previously: Canadian women’s swim team took bronze in medley relay, springing Penny Oleksiak to become Canada’s most decorated Olympian; Andre de Grasse finishes third in 100 metre sprint, becoming Canada’s first male medallist this summer.

For a full write-up of what you missed on Day 9 of the Tokyo Olympics, click here.

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