The Canadian men’s volleyball team ran into an efficient Argentina squad on Thursday afternoon and dropped a 3-0 (11-25, 17-25, 15-25) decision
to see their record even at 2-2. Canada couldn’t solve the strong Argentine service game and was unable to create offence consistently. Cam Branch led the team with eight kills. The team finishes pool play on August 25 at 1:00 a.m. Eastern time when they face first place Iran.
Women’s water polo
In a high-scoring affair, the Canadians were edged 12-11 by Japan. Canada is now tied for third place in Pool A heading into the final pool play match against Great Britain on August 25 at 1:30 a.m. Eastern time. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, Canada’s leading scorer in the tournament led her team again in the loss with five goals. Shae Fournier was the only other Canadian to score multiple goals.
“Japan is a smart team that knows how to play to their strengths. It was a tough loss as we had trouble adapting to their style of play today,” said Fournier. “We are mentally prepared to make some adjustments and come out strong in the remaining games.”
“Always tough to lose a well fought game in the last 10 seconds but this team is resilient and will bounce back tomorrow against Great Britain,” indicated Canada’s assistant coach, Cora Campbell.
On the second day of competition in athletics, three Canadians competed in finals at Taipei Stadium. In the men’s 10,000m event, Lakehead University’s Kevin Tree finished ninth while Evan Esselink wound up 13th. Women’s discus thrower Agnes Esser placed 12th in the final.
On the track, a pair of 400m specialists qualified for their finals. Aiyanna Stiverne won her semifinal while Benjamin Ayesu Attah was second in his semifinal to advance. Those finals are set for August 25.
Decathlete James Turner (University of Toronto) had a strong first day of competition and enters day two in third place through five events. Turner won the first two events – the 100m and long jump – to jump ahead of his competitors but was sixth in shot put and twelfth in high jump. To round out the evening, Turner was second in the 400m.
With no medal potential at the pool on Thursday, the focus shifted to qualifying for Friday’s finals. Katerine Savard was the only Canadian to do so, finishing with the sixth fastest qualifying time to advance to the 200m freestyle final. Earlier in the day, Danica Ludlow placed second in her 800m freestyle heat but her time was not fast enough to advance.
Also in action
In the second day of mixed team competition for badminton, the Canadians lost a heartbreaking match to Germany. Leading 2-1, the Germans won the final two games to take the match 3-2. The Canadians will now play in the 9-16 classification round.
The opening day of golf competition saw Canada’s men finish the day in ninth place while the women’s team enter day two in 15th position.
Eloi Paradis Deschenes advanced to the men’s 74 Kg taekwondo Round of 16 today before losing to Iran’s Ramin Zadeh Hosseingholi.