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Tokyo Olympics Day 8: Kylie Masse wins second silver in 200 m backstroke; Marco Arop clinches spot in 800 m semifinals; Simone Biles withdraws from vault, uneven bars


Tokyo Olympics Day 8: Kylie Masse wins second silver in 200 m backstroke; Marco Arop clinches spot in 800 m semifinals; Simone Biles withdraws from vault, uneven bars

The latest Olympics news from Tokyo and around the world on Friday. Web links to longer stories if available:

10:50 p.m.: In the 50m freestyle semifinals, Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden came in fourth in his race with a time of 21.82.

10:40 p.m.: Canada’s Marco Arop led wire to wire to win his heat of the 800 metres, and move onto the semifinals with a time of 45.26 seconds.

Arop’s best is 1:43.26, set at last month’s Monaco Diamond League meet, where he narrowly missed Brandon McBride’s Canadian record of 1:43.20. McBride, meanwhile, didn’t qualify for the Tokyo semifinals, fading down the stretch to finish sixth in his heat in 1:46.32.

10:30 p.m.: American Katie Ledecky won the gold for the 800-meter freestyle for the third straight Summer Games on Saturday, finishing her signature event in 8 minutes, 12.57 seconds at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

The 24-year-old has dominated the race like no other woman since she first captured gold at the London Olympics in 2012 and introduced herself to the world. She has recorded the 25 fastest times in history and 31 of the top 32 times.

10:28 p.m.: On Tuesday, Canadian Kylie Masse won silver in the 100-metre backstroke, just behind Australian girl wonder Kaylee McKeown, and she was over the moon with it. On Saturday, it was silver redux in the 200-metre backstroke, just behind McKeown, and she was over the moon with it, Rosie DiManno writes.

The latest from the Star’s Rosie DiManno in Tokyo: Canadian Olympic swimmer Kylie Masse completes silver sweep in backstroke

10:10 p.m.: USA Gymnastics announced Saturday that Simone Biles will not participate in either the vault and uneven bars finals. Her status for the finals in the floor exercise and balance beam has yet to be determined.

Biles will be replaced in both events by MyKayla Skinner.

9:50 p.m.: U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel found himself on the medal stand once more in Tokyo, taking home gold in the 100m butterfly and setting a new world record with a time of 49.45.

The 24-year-old won his first individual gold medal just a few days ago after setting a new Olympic record in the 100m individual freestyle

9:35 p.m.: Kylie Masse of Lasalle, Ont., wins silver in the women’s 200-metre backstroke at Tokyo Olympics with a time of 2:05.42.

The medal was Masse’s second of the Olympics — she also earned silver in the 100-metre backstroke — and the fifth won by Canadian swimmers in Tokyo.

Taylor Ruck swam to sixth place in the same race with a time of 2:08.24.

9:27 p.m.: In the men’s archery, Florian Unruh of Germany defeated Canadian Crispin Duenas 6-2 in the 1/8 elimination round.

9:10 p.m.: For Mike Bryden, watching the Tokyo Olympics from his home in Vancouver has brought light and joy to his family in what has been an otherwise emotional year.

Bryden is the husband of three-time Olympic rowing champion Kathleen Heddle, who died of cancer at age 55 in January.

This week saw Canada capture two medals in rowing at the Games. In both wins, athletes honoured Heddle’s legacy and contribution to the sport.

9:04 p.m.: Canada has defeated Kenya 24-10 in women’s rugby sevens, finishing in ninth place overall.

9 p.m.: It’s going to be another high-pressure day in the pool for Canada’s swim team.

Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C. and Kylie Masse of Lasalle, Ont. will be competing for a medal in the women’s 200m backstroke final at 9:37 p.m.

8:47 p.m.: In the first round of 400m hurdles, Canadian Marco Arop is competing in the Heat 2. Brandon McBride is competing in Heat 3.

Also in the Olympic Athletics category:

Women’s 100: Crystal Emmanuel, Toronto (11.18 seconds) and Khamica Bingham, Brampton, Ont. (11.21), were 19th and 21st in qualifying round. Both will advance to the second round.

Women’s 5,000: Andrea Seccafien, Guelph, Ont., was the 15th-fastest in qualifying (14:59.55) and will race in the final.

8:30 p.m.: Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unity after an out-of-competition test came back positive for human growth hormone.

Okagbare will no longer compete at the Tokyo Olympics, where she was set to run in the women’s 100-meter semifinal. The drug test sample was analyzed in a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and when the positive test was discovered, the AIU was notified.

8:12 p.m.: The latest scores in the Olympic Athletics category:


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In the first round of 400m hurdles, Canadian Sage Watson qualifies after coming in fourth place with a time 55.54.

In the second round, Canadian Noelle Montcalm came in sixth with a time of 55.85.

8:12 p.m.: In the Olympic triathalon mixed team event, Canadians Joanna Brown, Alexis Lepage, Amelie Kretz and Matthew Sharpe came in 15th with a time of 1:27:21.

8:08 p.m.: The U.S. women’s soccer team has defeated the Netherlands 3-2 to reach the Olympic semifinals.

8 p.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expanded a state of emergency to areas surrounding Tokyo and extended it to the end of August, in the face of a record virus surge unfolding as his country hosts the Olympics.

The expansion comes after three straight days of record COVID-19 infections in Tokyo and as national daily infection figures soared over 10,000 for the first time since the pandemic began about 18 months ago. Tokyo on Friday posted 3,300 new cases.

7:15 p.m.: As the Olympic final of the men’s 10,000 metres wound down to its decisive laps Friday at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, Canada’s top distance runner Moh Ahmed found himself in extraordinary company. Ahmed, at more than one point, was running shoulder to shoulder with Joshua Cheptegei, the Ugandan who holds the world record in both the 10,000 and the 5,000 metres.

In the end, Ethiopian Selemon Barega’s final-lap surge won him the gold medal. Cheptegei settled for silver, and fellow Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo took bronze. Ahmed faded to sixth — the same result he’d achieved the last time he ran the 10,000 at the 2019 world championships.

The latest from Dave Feschuk: Canada’s Moh Ahmed takes his best shot in the Tokyo 10,000 but can’t hang on to late lead

5:44 p.m.: Penny Oleksiak isn’t letting a finish off the podium in the women’s 100-metre freestyle get her down.

The 21-year-old swimmer set a Canadian record by swimming a personal-best 52.29 seconds in the event on Friday morning in Tokyo — 0.41 seconds faster than her gold-medal time in Rio five years ago.

Also in Laura Armstrong’s Olympics roundup: Track cyclist Georgia Simmerling cheers on her partner, goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé; American swimmer Michael Andrew refuses to wear his mask in the mixed zone after the men’s 200-metre individual medley. Also, South Korean archer An San was targeted by online trolls for her haircut — and thousands stood up for her.

5:35 p.m.: Felicia Stancil of Lake Villa, Ill., finished fourth in the women’s BMX race Friday, narrowly missing a medal following her training partner’s terrifying crash.

After falling behind at the start of the final, Stancil made up ground throughout the 400-meter course, but ultimately could not catch the leaders. Great Britain’s Bethany Shriever won gold, followed by silver medallist Mariana Pajon of Columbia and third-place finisher Merel Smulders of the Netherlands.

5 p.m.: It is a tall task ahead for Canada’s basketball women at the Olympics, but you have to beat great teams to be a great team and they are aware of the challenge ahead — and of the significance of the game.

Canada faces Spain in its final opening-round game in Tokyo on Sunday morning (9 p.m. ET, Saturday) and its dreams of winning an Olympic medal may be on the line. A win would virtually assure the Canadian women, 1-1, a spot in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

The latest from Doug Smith: Canada’s surest route to the Olympic basketball quarterfinals is with a win over third-ranked Spain

2:50 p.m.: On today’s episode of Tokyo Daily, Brendan Dunlop recaps Canada’s nail biting penalty kick shootout win over Brazil in women’s soccer with the Toronto Star’s Laura Armstrong. Canadian women continue to medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a gold in rowing, while Penny Oleksiak and Rosie MacLennan just miss the podium.

Watch the latest Tokyo Daily here: Pitch perfect — Canadian women’s soccer team keeps golden dreams alive

2 p.m.: It’s always disappointing to have your Olympic journey end, but it must have been especially frustrating for Australia’s Aron Baynes, who was injured on the court before slipping in the bathroom.

Baynes, who also plays for the Raptors, will miss the rest of the Olympic men’s basketball tournament after sustaining a neck injury in what team doctor David Hughes called “a complicated series of events.” ​​

1:30 p.m.: Veteran soccer captain Christine Sinclair missed a crucial penalty against Brazil, but her team came through and the script flipped: Instead of Sinclair trying to carry Canada, Canada carried Sinclair, writes Bruce Arthur.

Next up for women’s soccer: Canada will take on the United States in the semifinals.

The latest from Bruce Arthur in Tokyo: Canadian women’s soccer team returns Olympic favour to captain Christine Sinclair

1 p.m.: Rugby Canada fired Jamie Cudmore, a former star player in charge of developing the next generation of talent, on Friday for a series of social media posts belittling the women’s sevens team.

His posts took aim at the sevens squad for its disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics.

Previously: Canada beats Brazil in women’s soccer, will face U.S. next; Canadian runner Mohammed Ahmed finished sixth in the men’s 10,000-metre; Rosie MacLennan fourth in trampoline; women’s eight rowers win first gold since 1992; Canada advances to finals in women’s 4 x 100 m medley relay.

For a full write-up of what you missed on Day 7 of the Tokyo Olympics, click here.

For full coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, click here.

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