Five things to watch in Tokyo on Sunday, August 8

TOKYO – From a giant flag flying over Paris to a cyclist who battled a frightening illness, here are five things to watch out for at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, August 8:

Beveridge bounces

Allison Beveridge is Canada’s only entry into the four-part omnium, which will close track cycling at the Izu Velodrome. Beveridge won a bronze medal for the women’s team pursuit in Rio in 2016. She placed 11th at the omnium in Rio after being caught by another runner in the first race and crashed in pain. from a hip injury. Shortly before Rio, Beveridge was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which means the blood vessels between her collarbone and rib cage were compressed, causing clots to form. She underwent surgery the following January to remove a rib and relieve the compression, but it was not certain at the time that she would be able to compete again. The 28-year-old from Calgary was back on the bike a few months later.

It’s not a sprint

Canada will have three entries in what is always a marquee event at the Summer Games. Trevor Hofbauer of Calgary makes his Olympic debut after finishing the top Canadian at the 2019 national trials. Cameron Levins of Black Creek, BC, makes his second appearance after competing in the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 meters in London in 2012. Benjamin Preisner of Milton, Ont., ran his first marathon just a few months ago at the Marathon Project in Chandler, Arizona. Hofbauer and Levins have the distinction of being the only Canadians to run a marathon in less than two hours 10 minutes. Preisner finished his first race in 2:10:17.

The United States seeks to maintain dominance of the female hoop …

The United States will look to maintain its dominance in women’s basketball at the Summer Games, where it has not finished on the top step of the podium since 1992. Like the men’s team, the US team is a powerhouse. talented, capable of putting five WNBA All-stars on the field simultaneously. Other team sports that end on the last day of Tokyo 2020 include men’s water polo and women’s volleyball and handball.

… while ending the golden drought in men’s boxing

The nation that has produced a string of boxing legends and Olympic gold medalists – from Mohammed Ali to George Foreman to Joe Frazier – has not won a top prize in men since 2004. Two US fighters stand a chance to end this drought on Sunday: Keyshawn Davis faces Cuban Andy Cruz in the lightweight category, while Richard Torrez, Jr., faces Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the super heavyweight category. The lightweight and medium female champions will also be crowned.

Paris flies the flag for 2024

Unlike the Opening Ceremony, which took place after a number of events were already underway, the Closing Ceremony is traditionally the last event of the Games. Like the opening ceremony, however, the closing event should be a relatively moderate affair. Athletes whose events are over have mostly returned to their home countries, meaning that the number of Olympians participating will be significantly lower than in previous years. Tokyo will also officially hand over the Olympic witness to the next host of the Summer Games, Paris, who will be represented by Mayor Anne Hidalgo. The city is also planning to fly what it says is the largest flag in the history of the Eiffel Tower to mark the occasion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 6, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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