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The Tokyo Paralympics start in 99 days
Many Olympic storylines are in place for the Paras too. Questions linger surrounding the protection of the Video games, to not point out uncertainty over qualifying and the willingness of Japanese residents to host in any respect.
However simply as with the Olympics, the Video games ought to go on. Listed below are some Canadian athletes to control:
Nate Riech and Brent Lakatos, athletics
At this level, Riech’s essential competitors is himself. The world-record holder within the T38 800 and 1,500 raised the bar once more on Saturday by reducing his mark within the latter race to a few minutes, 50.4 seconds at a meet in California. Now, he needs to interrupt 3:50. Riech, a 26-year-old who suffered a mind damage and right-side paralysis in a golf accident when he was 10, is ready to make his Paralympic debut in Tokyo. Read more about Riech’s outlook here.
Lakatos, in the meantime, has competed up to now 4 Paralympic Video games, gathering seven medals together with his lone gold within the T53 100 at Rio 2016. The 40-year-old additionally races within the 200, 400 and 800 and is displaying no indicators of slowing down — he received two golds and a silver on the 2019 world championships. On Saturday, he triumphed within the 100 and 800 on the same meet as Riech.
Marissa Papaconstantinou, athletics
Papaconstantinou has the potential to be Canada’s subsequent Paralympic star. Born with out a proper foot, the 21-year-old set the nationwide document in her T64 classification within the 100 when she was simply 13. She competed on the 2016 Video games, however was disqualified from the 200 for a line violation. For 2 years after, accidents together with a torn hamstring and torn knee tendon set Papaconstantinou again.
Now, the Toronto native is totally wholesome and able to race in Tokyo. She ranked third worldwide within the 100 and 200 in 2019 earlier than the pandemic value her a 12 months of competitors. In that point, Papaconstantinou grew to become a viral TikTok sensation. Read more about the budding star here.
Aurelie Rivard and Katarina Roxon, swimming
It’s going to be robust for Rivard to prime her Rio output, when she received gold within the S10 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and silver within the 200 particular person medley, setting Canadian information in every race. The success earned her the honour of carrying the flag within the closing ceremony. Rivard, 25, received one other 5 medals at 2019 worlds. Not many sequels are higher than the unique, however Rivard may pull it off.
Tokyo will characterize the fourth Paralympics of Roxon’s profession after beginning on the 2008 Beijing Video games at 15 years outdated. Now 28, Roxon received her first and solely Paralympic medal in Rio by taking gold with a nationwide document within the 100 breaststroke and adopted it up three years later with a pair of world championship medals.
Patrick Anderson, wheelchair basketball
Termed by some because the “Michael Jordan of wheelchair basketball,” Anderson helped Canada win Paralympic gold in 2000, 2004 and 2012, with a blip of silver in 2008. The 41-year-old then took time away from the nationwide staff to concentrate on his music profession, skipping the 2016 Video games the place Canada tumbled all the way in which to eleventh. However Anderson is again for his final dance after serving to the staff qualify for Tokyo by profitable silver on the 2019 Parapan Am Video games. Each the boys’s and ladies’s squad not too long ago gathered to start pre-Paralympic coaching in Toronto. Learn extra in regards to the lead-up to the Video games in this story by CBC Sports’ Signa Butler.
The Raptors’ depressing season in Tampa is mercifully over. It led to a 12-point loss to the Pacers that includes a six-man rotation. None of — maintain your breath now — Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr. and even Chris Boucher took to the courtroom within the Tampa finale. Whereas gamers might head house ASAP, because the Canadian ladies’s staff moves into their facilities for training camp on Thursday, many of the entrance workplace and training employees are set to remain as low season preparation ramps up. However with president Masai Ujiri reaching free company, it stays an open query who will likely be making these key choices — particularly with Lowry additionally hitting the open market. The staff’s destiny will likely be tied to these two, the identical method it has been because the final time the Raptors missed the playoffs in 2013. Read more about the difficult choices lying ahead for two franchise icons here.
In case you like intense, fast-paced hockey, then these NHL playoffs are for you. Additionally, Calgary and Vancouver are nonetheless taking part in. The Capitals obtained issues began on Saturday with an OT win over the Bruins, the place 39-year-old Washington goalie Craig Anderson was compelled into simply his third recreation of the season because of damage. On Sunday, the Islanders upset the Penguins in OT with deadline addition Kyle Palmieri supplying the heroics, earlier than the Wild stunned Vegas with a shutout OT victory of their very own in a recreation which featured unimaginable goaltending on each side. And but one of the best recreation of the weekend may need been the battle of Florida, as Nikita Kucherov returned with out lacking a beat and Brayden Level scored with simply over a minute remaining to provide the Lightning a 1-0 series edge.
To cap issues off, the Flames and Canucks performed a principally meaningless regular-season recreation, with each set to overlook the playoffs within the North… and it turned out to be fairly thrilling too! The Flames blew a four-goal lead earlier than recovering to win 6-5 in yet another overtime.
Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue received their 1st match at combined doubles worlds. The duo got here again from down 4-0 to beat Spain 8-6. Einarson and Gushue are vying to be the primary Canadian staff to win the event, however they’re going to need to do it on overseas soil in Aberdeen, Scotland. The change of surroundings on the first non-Calgary bonspiel of the season is likely to be a superb factor, contemplating Canada was shut out of the rostrum in each the boys’s and ladies’s worlds, with Einarson inserting sixth within the latter. Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris took house gold at combined doubles’ Olympic debut in 2018 in Pyeongchang. Watch highlights from Einarson and Gushue’s victory over Spain here.
And in case you missed it…
Kobe Bryant led a star-studded class into the Basketball Corridor of Fame. Michael Jordan launched Vanessa Bryant, who gave an emotional speech honouring the lifetime of her late husband. “You are within the Corridor of Fame now, you are a real champ. You are not simply an MVP — you are an all-time nice,” she mentioned. Additionally enshrined on Saturday had been five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and 15-time all-star Kevin Garnett, together with achieved NCAA coach Kim Mulkey, WNBA legend Tamika Catchings and extra. A day later, the 2021 class was introduced, which included former Raptor Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Paul Pierce and Ben Wallace. Learn extra in regards to the induction ceremony here and the following 12 months’s honourees here.
The WNBA season started with a bang. 23-year-old phenom Sabrina Ionescu’s game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining gave the New York Liberty a gap night time victory. To not be outdone, 38-year-old Diana Taurasi hit a game-winning triple of her personal just a few hours later to steer her Phoenix Mercury to a win. Canada’s Kia Nurse debuted alongside Taurasi with the Mercury, combining for 16 factors over two video games in her new digs. Elsewhere, reigning champion Seattle had no trouble fending off Las Vegas in a 2020 Finals rematch. Watch Ionescu’s and Taurasi’s clutch pictures and browse extra about Nurse’s first recreation with Phoenix here.
The ladies’s hockey Dream Hole Tour returned to motion. Stationed in St. Louis for the newest collection, Minnesota topped New Hampshire behind a pair of factors from American star Dani Cameranesi on Sunday. Canadian groups had been sidelined because of pandemic restrictions, however are set to return when the tour involves Calgary subsequent month. You may watch one other battle between Minnesota and New Hampshire on CBC Sports activities tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
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