Weekend recap: Canadians ramp up for the Paris Olympics

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Canadian golfers moved nearer to qualifying for the Video games, the ladies’s soccer staff gained a warmup match and a sprinter broke one other nationwide document. Here is a have a look at the highest performances by Canada’s potential summer season Olympians over the weekend:

Corey Conners boosted his Olympic golf hopes on the Canadian Open.

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre held on for a one-stroke win over American Ben Griffin at Hamilton Golf and Nation Membership on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title. Two-time champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Eire tied for fourth whereas Canada’s Conners and Mackenzie Hughes completed sixth and tied for seventh, respectively. Nick Taylor, who final 12 months turned the primary Canadian to win the occasion in 69 years, missed the minimize.

With two tournaments left earlier than Olympic berths are decided by the world rankings, Taylor and Conners moved nearer to securing Canada’s two spots within the males’s match in Paris. Taylor, regardless of the missed minimize, remained in thirtieth place whereas Conners moved up 4 spots to No. 45. Conners widened his lead over Adam Hadwin, who fell 4 locations to No. 59 after lacking the minimize. Hughes improved barely to No. 65 — one slot forward of Taylor Pendrith, who tied for twenty first.

Canada’s finest girls’s golfer, Brooke Henderson, missed the minimize on the U.S. Ladies’s Open and fell three spots on the earth rankings. Nonetheless, she stays a lock for the Olympics at No. 14. Maude-Aimee Leblanc tied for 58th to enhance to No. 353 within the rankings, however she nonetheless trails Alena Sharp (267) and Maddie Szeryk (306). Japan’s Yuka Saso captured her second U.S. Open title.

WATCH | Corey Conners almost holes it from over 70 yards:

2024 Canadian Open: Corey Conners almost holes it from over 70 yards, finishes as high Canadian

Conners got here inches from an eagle strategy shot whereas Mike Weir reacted on digicam within the broadcast sales space to the near-make. He completed sixth with a rating of -12 to win the Rivermead Cup trophy as the highest Canadian.

The Canadian girls’s soccer staff gained a tuneup for Paris.

With their Olympic opener towards New Zealand lower than two months away, the reigning champs defeated Thirty first-ranked Mexico 2-0 in Saturday’s pleasant in Montreal. Adriana Leon and Cloe Lacasse scored for the ninth-ranked Canadians. Evelyne Viens, who led Italy’s girls’s Serie A with 13 targets in 24 video games this season for Roma, assisted on each targets. Canada will face Mexico once more on Tuesday evening in Toronto.

The Canadian males’s nationwide staff, which isn’t within the Olympics, has a few massive friendlies this week because it prepares to open the Copa America on June 20 towards World Cup champion Argentina. Canada, ranked forty ninth on the earth, faces the seventh-ranked Netherlands in Rotterdam on Thursday and No. 2 France in Bordeaux on Sunday. Right now, new head coach Jesse Marsch referred to as up Minnesota United ahead Tani Oluwaseyi for his first national-team camp. The 24-year-old has impressed with seven targets in 15 matches for his Main League Soccer membership this 12 months.

Sprinter Audrey Leduc set one other Canadian document.

After breaking Angela Bailey’s long-standing nationwide girls’s 100m document by clocking 10.96 seconds in April, Leduc ran a 22.36 within the 200m on Friday evening in Atlanta to add the 200m mark. That is properly beneath the Olympic commonplace of twenty-two.57, giving the 25-year-old Leduc the prospect to be in three occasions in Paris. She’s met the 100m commonplace, and she or he helped the Canadian 4x100m relay staff qualify final month.

In Diamond League monitor and subject motion, Canadian shot putter Sarah Mitton completed simply two centimetres behind winner Chase Jackson of america at Sunday’s meet in Stockholm. Mitton was additionally second to Jackson finally 12 months’s world championships in Budapest and at a Diamond League occasion in China in April. Mitton defeated the American to win the indoor world title in March in Scotland. Learn a full recap of the Stockholm meet right here.

WATCH | Leduc clocks Canadian document in girls’s 200m:

Andre De Grasse strikes twice, and ‘Lightning Leduc’ strikes once more | Athletics North

Andre De Grasse lowered his season’s finest to 10.10s within the 100m after a two-win day at Ostrava Golden Spike. And Audrey Leduc clocked a Canadian document within the 200m to go along with her 100m document from April. These tales and extra in Athletics North.

In different monitor and subject information, the game’s world governing physique introduced at this time the creation of a brand new world championships, to be held each two years, the place gold medallists will obtain $150,000 US. That is triple the quantity World Athletics just lately pledged to every winner on the Paris Olympics. The primary Final Championships will happen in Budapest over three days in September 2026 and have Olympic, world and Diamond League champions. Learn extra in regards to the occasion right here.

No extra Canadian boxers certified for the Olympics.

All 9 of the Canadians who entered the last-chance Olympic qualifying tournaments in Thailand fell wanting a spot in Paris. The closest was girls’s flyweight McKenzie Wright, who misplaced 5-0 on factors to Mexico’s Fatima Herrera with an Olympic berth on the road.

That leaves Canada with solely two boxers within the Olympics. Ladies’s middleweight Tammara Thibeault and males’s welterweight Wyatt Sanford certified with their gold-medal performances finally 12 months’s Pan American Video games. Canada’s final Olympic boxing medal got here in 1996 when heavyweight David Defiagbon took silver in Atlanta.

Different key outcomes:

* The Canadian girls’s volleyball staff misplaced to Serbia and beat South Korea to run its Nations League document to 5-3. Canada, ranked tenth on the earth, heads into the ultimate leg of the preliminary spherical subsequent week seeking to clinch an Olympic berth based mostly on its world rating. With 5 spots out there, Canada ranks fifth amongst groups who haven’t but certified.

* Olympic-bound inventive swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau gained six medals at a World Cup cease within the Toronto space. That included a gold and a silver in solo occasions, which are not a part of the Olympics, and a pair of duet silvers with Audrey Lamothe, who can be her duet companion in Paris and in addition compete alongside Simoneau within the staff occasion. Simoneau gained a solo gold and silver at this 12 months’s world championships in Doha, the place she turned Canada’s first world title winner since 1991 within the sport previously generally known as synchronized swimming.

* The Canadian males’s rugby sevens staff was relegated from the worldwide SNVS tour after dropping its twenty ninth straight match Sunday on the season finale in Madrid to complete in twelfth place within the standings. Canada, which positioned eighth on the Tokyo Olympics, can nonetheless attain this summer season’s Video games in Paris through a last-chance Olympic qualifier subsequent month. The Canadian girls’s staff, which has already certified for the Olympics, completed fifth of their standings after dropping the bronze match Sunday in Madrid.

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