Saskatchewan athletes set to compete in final days
No Saskatchewan athletes competed on Day 12 of the Olympics in Tokyo, but the final athletes of the Saskatchewan contingent are prepping for their upcoming competitions.
Pole vaulter Anicka Newell, who calls Saskatoon her hometown, will be going for gold on Day 13. She advanced to finals after tying for first place in the qualification rounds.
On Day 14, Pike Lake diver Rylan Wiens will make his Olympic competition debut with the men’s 10-metre platform preliminary event. If he advances, both the semifinals and finals will take place on Day 15.
Wiens has been in Tokyo since Day 1 of the Games and was one of 30 athletes who took part in the Opening Ceremony. He’ll be joined in competition by Saskatoon coach Mary Carroll, who competed for Canada in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
The Canadian women’s artistic swimming team will get their first taste of action on Day 14 as they begin competition with the Team Technical Routine and will wrap up with the Team Free Routine on Day 15. Regina’s Kenzie Priddell is part of the team as an alternate.
Olympic/Paralympic notes: Read the full Day 12 recap on Olympic.ca…Andre De Grasse captured gold in the men’s 200-metre race —Canada’s first in 93 years— and set a new Canadian record with a time of 19.62 seconds…Canadians Damian Warner and Pierce LePage sit in first and third place, respectively, following Day One of the decathlon…Canada’s medal count is now at 15 (four gold, four silver and seven bronze).