Now streaming from Tokyo: Canadian swimmers say the darndest things

Sydney Pickrem proved some Olympians are just like us after winning her first medal as part of the women’s 4x100-metre medley relay Sunday.The 24-year-old Canadian-American doesn’t specialize in the breaststroke — she typically swims the individual medley — but stepped up as Canada’s second swimmer in the pool. Kylie Masse opened with the backstroke and Pickrem’s role was to keep Canada in contention so that Maggie Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak could close things out in the butterfly and freestyle legs.Keeping up may sound easy. Against world-class swimmers, it’s anything but. Asked on the CBC broadcast post-swim about how she handed the pressure, Pickrem was candid. “Oh, I was absolutely,” she started saying, before a pause, “shitting myself. I’m not going to try and sugar-coat it. “Her teammates broke into laughter.Pickrem is not the only Canadian swimmer to be part of a viral moment during these Games. Mac Neil became a meme after winning gold in the 100-metre butterfly, her poor eyesight leading to a delayed reaction to her win. Mac Neil’s shocked face has been all over the internet this week.“That meme has been sent to me by at least 50 of my friends,” Mac Neil told CTV.She still doesn’t plan to wear contacts or prescription goggles any time soon. Sharing the joy: Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi embodied the Olympics at its best on Sunday night, when the pair of high jumpers decided to share the event’s gold medal.Neither Barshim nor Tamberi missed any jumps up to 2.37 metres, but both failed to clear the 2.39-metre mark. When the official asked if they wanted to go forward with a jumpoff to decide the winner, Barshim asked if they could share gold. “It’s possible,” the official started saying. “Depends if you both decide ...”The official trailed off. Barshim and Tamberi were already shaking on it. The Italian jumped in Barshim’s arms in celebration.“History, my friend.” Barshim said to Tamberi.“I look at him, he looks at me, and we know it. We just look at each other and we know, that is it, it is done. There is no need,” Barshim said. “He is one of my best friends, not only on the track but outside the track. We work together. This is a dream come true. It is the true spirit, the sportsman spirit, and we are here delivering this message.”Tamberi celebrated his gold medal with an unusual prop: the leg cast he wore in 2016 to heal a broken ankle that prevented him from competing at Rio 2016. “Road to Tokyo 2020,” was written in black marker on the cast, the year 2020 later crossed off and replaced by 2021.“I was told in 2016 just before Rio there was a risk I wouldn’t be able to compete anymore,” Tamberi said. “It’s been a long journey.”Peaking at the right time: Everyone knew who was going to win the men’s 100-metre sprint at Rio 2016. No one could have guessed who would follow it up in Tokyo 2020.Italy’s Lamont Jacobs took home the title of fastest man in the world on Sunday in one of the most surprising accomplishments at these Games. It was the culmination of a remarkable ascent by the long jumper-turned-sprint over the past year.At the time these Olympics were initially supposed to go ahead in 2020, Jacobs’ fastest time was 10.11 seconds, making him the 33rd quickest man in the world. He wasn’t even the fastest man in Italy at that point. Jacobs only dipped under the 10-second mark in the 100 metres for the first time in May. He twice set lifetime bests at these Olympics.Now, Jacobs is the first Italian man to win 100-metre gold at the Olympics and the first European man to do so since 1992. His winning time was 0.01 seconds faster than Bolt’s in Rio.Caught red-handed: Drinking outdoors and park hangouts have been a staple for some people during the COVID-19 pandemic but that pastime doesn’t extend to athletes in the Olympic Village. Tokyo Games organizers are investigating after a group of athletes were found drinking alcohol in a park in the athletes village Friday night. Police were later present at the incident.Drinking and partying are forbidden at these Games, with athletes only permitted to drink alone in their rooms, as a precaution against COVID-19. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said organizers would take appropriate steps based on the findings of their investigation. He did not give details about the number of athletes involved or their nationalities.Staying young: Keep an eye out for Denmark’s Rune Gilfberg and South Africa’s Dallas Oberholzer in the Olympic debut of men’s park skateboarding on Thursday. The pair are both 46 years old, the oldest competitors in a sport that has thus far been dominated by teenagers.With files from Star wires services

Now streaming from Tokyo: Canadian swimmers say the darndest things

Sydney Pickrem proved some Olympians are just like us after winning her first medal as part of the women’s 4x100-metre medley relay Sunday.

The 24-year-old Canadian-American doesn’t specialize in the breaststroke — she typically swims the individual medley — but stepped up as Canada’s second swimmer in the pool. Kylie Masse opened with the backstroke and Pickrem’s role was to keep Canada in contention so that Maggie Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak could close things out in the butterfly and freestyle legs.

Keeping up may sound easy. Against world-class swimmers, it’s anything but. Asked on the CBC broadcast post-swim about how she handed the pressure, Pickrem was candid.

“Oh, I was absolutely,” she started saying, before a pause, “shitting myself. I’m not going to try and sugar-coat it. “

Her teammates broke into laughter.

Pickrem is not the only Canadian swimmer to be part of a viral moment during these Games. Mac Neil became a meme after winning gold in the 100-metre butterfly, her poor eyesight leading to a delayed reaction to her win. Mac Neil’s shocked face has been all over the internet this week.

“That meme has been sent to me by at least 50 of my friends,” Mac Neil told CTV.

She still doesn’t plan to wear contacts or prescription goggles any time soon.

  • Sharing the joy: Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi embodied the Olympics at its best on Sunday night, when the pair of high jumpers decided to share the event’s gold medal.

Neither Barshim nor Tamberi missed any jumps up to 2.37 metres, but both failed to clear the 2.39-metre mark. When the official asked if they wanted to go forward with a jumpoff to decide the winner, Barshim asked if they could share gold.

“It’s possible,” the official started saying. “Depends if you both decide ...”

The official trailed off. Barshim and Tamberi were already shaking on it. The Italian jumped in Barshim’s arms in celebration.

“History, my friend.” Barshim said to Tamberi.

“I look at him, he looks at me, and we know it. We just look at each other and we know, that is it, it is done. There is no need,” Barshim said. “He is one of my best friends, not only on the track but outside the track. We work together. This is a dream come true. It is the true spirit, the sportsman spirit, and we are here delivering this message.”

Tamberi celebrated his gold medal with an unusual prop: the leg cast he wore in 2016 to heal a broken ankle that prevented him from competing at Rio 2016. “Road to Tokyo 2020,” was written in black marker on the cast, the year 2020 later crossed off and replaced by 2021.

“I was told in 2016 just before Rio there was a risk I wouldn’t be able to compete anymore,” Tamberi said. “It’s been a long journey.”

  • Peaking at the right time: Everyone knew who was going to win the men’s 100-metre sprint at Rio 2016. No one could have guessed who would follow it up in Tokyo 2020.

Italy’s Lamont Jacobs took home the title of fastest man in the world on Sunday in one of the most surprising accomplishments at these Games. It was the culmination of a remarkable ascent by the long jumper-turned-sprint over the past year.

At the time these Olympics were initially supposed to go ahead in 2020, Jacobs’ fastest time was 10.11 seconds, making him the 33rd quickest man in the world. He wasn’t even the fastest man in Italy at that point. Jacobs only dipped under the 10-second mark in the 100 metres for the first time in May. He twice set lifetime bests at these Olympics.

Now, Jacobs is the first Italian man to win 100-metre gold at the Olympics and the first European man to do so since 1992. His winning time was 0.01 seconds faster than Bolt’s in Rio.

  • Caught red-handed: Drinking outdoors and park hangouts have been a staple for some people during the COVID-19 pandemic but that pastime doesn’t extend to athletes in the Olympic Village.

Tokyo Games organizers are investigating after a group of athletes were found drinking alcohol in a park in the athletes village Friday night. Police were later present at the incident.

Drinking and partying are forbidden at these Games, with athletes only permitted to drink alone in their rooms, as a precaution against COVID-19.

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said organizers would take appropriate steps based on the findings of their investigation. He did not give details about the number of athletes involved or their nationalities.

  • Staying young: Keep an eye out for Denmark’s Rune Gilfberg and South Africa’s Dallas Oberholzer in the Olympic debut of men’s park skateboarding on Thursday. The pair are both 46 years old, the oldest competitors in a sport that has thus far been dominated by teenagers.

With files from Star wires services

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12:24 p.m.: Toronto sisters Lucia Stafford and Gabriela DeBues-Stafford will both move onto the women’s 1,500-metre semifinals after placing seventh and eighth in the qualifying round, respectively.Lucia set a personal best with a time of 4:03.52.11:50 p.m.: Atsushi Muramatsu’s handmade flyers are the size of a business card, written in several languages. “Welcome to Miyagi Stadium,“ one reads. ”The gymnasium next door was the largest morgue for tsunami victims.”Over a decade after the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, the Tokyo Games were supposed to offer a chance to showcase how much has been rebuilt. They were even billed as the “Recovery and Reconstruction Games,“ and the Olympic torch relay started from Fukushima prefecture, the heart of the nuclear disaster area.But the coronavirus pandemic means few spectators are coming to any of the Olympic events, including soccer and baseball, being held here. That leaves some Olympic volunteers having to find their own ways to recount their experiences to those rare fans who pass through, as well as members of the media.11:12 p.m. (Updated): In the morning, Raven Saunders of the United States captured the silver medal in the shot put.At night, Saunders delivered the first political demonstration on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics when she raised her arms and crossed them in the shape of an “X” after receiving her medal, setting the stage for a standoff between the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic leaders. 10:03 p.m.: World champion Sifan Hassan made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat at the Olympics on Monday.Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. She sped around the outside of the pack on the back straight and ended up crossing the line first in 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds to qualify for the semifinals.It kept alive the Dutch runner's bid for a rare distance-running treble at the Tokyo Games.9:47 p.m.: Canada has sent its second team to the quarterfinals of the women's beach volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.Toronto's Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., downed Spain's Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan 2-0 in a round of 16 match on Monday.The Canadians overpowered the duo from Spain 21-13, 21-13.8:50 p.m.: Sydney Pickrem proved some Olympians are just like us after winning her first medal as part of the women’s 4x100-metre medley relay Sunday.The 24-year-old Canadian-American doesn’t specialize in the breaststroke — she typically swims the individual medley — but stepped up as Canada’s second swimmer in the pool. Kylie Masse opened with the backstroke and Pickrem’s role was to keep Canada in contention so that Maggie Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak could close things out in the butterfly and freestyle legs.Catch up on Olympic notables with Laura Armstrong: Now streaming from Tokyo: Canadian swimmers say the darndest things8:35 p.m.: Micah Christenson gave coach John Speraw a long, tearful embrace as his U.S. men’s volleyball teammates slumped on the floor and the victorious Argentinians celebrated.Instead of building on the bronze medal won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, the Americans are going home early from the Olympics for the first time in more than 20 years.7:00 p.m. Some day, that thick chain Andre De Grasse always wears around his neck will be swinging a hunka-chunka gold. Just you wait.Perchance Wednesday, after the sprinting ace from Markham, Ont. races the 200 metres that is his stronger distance. For now, he must content himself — and delighted indeed he was Sunday night — with being the third-fastest 100-metre man.The latest from the Star’s Rosie DiManno in Tokyo: Olympic bronze is cool, but Andre De Grasse — Canada’s first male medallist in Tokyo — might be just getting started11:00 a.m.: On Tokyo Daily, host Brendan Dunlop talks with the Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk in Tokyo after Andre De Grasse’s bronze medal run in the men’s 100-metre dash.Watch the latest Tokyo Daily: Team Canada learning you win some, you lose some at the Olympics10:15 a.m.: US shot putter Raven “Hulk” Saunders raised her arms in an “X” gesture upon mounting the podium to receive her silver medal in women’s shot put.She said the demonstration signified “the intersection of where all oppressed people meet.”The IOC has strict rules against podium protests. No disciplinary actions have yet been announced against Saunders.10:10 a.m.: A Belarus track sprinter alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Tokyo’s main airport.An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and would seek asylum with the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo.10:00 a.m.: If grasping the many nuances of Olympic-level sailing requires years spent in a boat learning to read the whims o

Tokyo Olympics Day 10: Andre De Grasse is Canada’s first male medallist this summer; U.S. shot-putter delivers first political demonstration on the podium

12:24 p.m.: Toronto sisters Lucia Stafford and Gabriela DeBues-Stafford will both move onto the women’s 1,500-metre semifinals after placing seventh and eighth in the qualifying round, respectively.

Lucia set a personal best with a time of 4:03.52.

11:50 p.m.: Atsushi Muramatsu’s handmade flyers are the size of a business card, written in several languages. “Welcome to Miyagi Stadium,“ one reads. ”The gymnasium next door was the largest morgue for tsunami victims.”

Over a decade after the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, the Tokyo Games were supposed to offer a chance to showcase how much has been rebuilt. They were even billed as the “Recovery and Reconstruction Games,“ and the Olympic torch relay started from Fukushima prefecture, the heart of the nuclear disaster area.

But the coronavirus pandemic means few spectators are coming to any of the Olympic events, including soccer and baseball, being held here. That leaves some Olympic volunteers having to find their own ways to recount their experiences to those rare fans who pass through, as well as members of the media.

11:12 p.m. (Updated): In the morning, Raven Saunders of the United States captured the silver medal in the shot put.

At night, Saunders delivered the first political demonstration on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics when she raised her arms and crossed them in the shape of an “X” after receiving her medal, setting the stage for a standoff between the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic leaders.

10:03 p.m.: World champion Sifan Hassan made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat at the Olympics on Monday.

Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. She sped around the outside of the pack on the back straight and ended up crossing the line first in 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds to qualify for the semifinals.

It kept alive the Dutch runner's bid for a rare distance-running treble at the Tokyo Games.

9:47 p.m.: Canada has sent its second team to the quarterfinals of the women's beach volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Toronto's Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., downed Spain's Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan 2-0 in a round of 16 match on Monday.

The Canadians overpowered the duo from Spain 21-13, 21-13.

8:50 p.m.: Sydney Pickrem proved some Olympians are just like us after winning her first medal as part of the women’s 4x100-metre medley relay Sunday.

The 24-year-old Canadian-American doesn’t specialize in the breaststroke — she typically swims the individual medley — but stepped up as Canada’s second swimmer in the pool. Kylie Masse opened with the backstroke and Pickrem’s role was to keep Canada in contention so that Maggie Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak could close things out in the butterfly and freestyle legs.

Catch up on Olympic notables with Laura Armstrong: Now streaming from Tokyo: Canadian swimmers say the darndest things

8:35 p.m.: Micah Christenson gave coach John Speraw a long, tearful embrace as his U.S. men’s volleyball teammates slumped on the floor and the victorious Argentinians celebrated.

Instead of building on the bronze medal won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, the Americans are going home early from the Olympics for the first time in more than 20 years.

7:00 p.m. Some day, that thick chain Andre De Grasse always wears around his neck will be swinging a hunka-chunka gold. Just you wait.

Perchance Wednesday, after the sprinting ace from Markham, Ont. races the 200 metres that is his stronger distance. For now, he must content himself — and delighted indeed he was Sunday night — with being the third-fastest 100-metre man.

The latest from the Star’s Rosie DiManno in Tokyo: Olympic bronze is cool, but Andre De Grasse — Canada’s first male medallist in Tokyo — might be just getting started

11:00 a.m.: On Tokyo Daily, host Brendan Dunlop talks with the Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk in Tokyo after Andre De Grasse’s bronze medal run in the men’s 100-metre dash.

Watch the latest Tokyo Daily: Team Canada learning you win some, you lose some at the Olympics

10:15 a.m.: US shot putter Raven “Hulk” Saunders raised her arms in an “X” gesture upon mounting the podium to receive her silver medal in women’s shot put.

She said the demonstration signified “the intersection of where all oppressed people meet.”

The IOC has strict rules against podium protests. No disciplinary actions have yet been announced against Saunders.

10:10 a.m.: A Belarus track sprinter alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Tokyo’s main airport.

An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and would seek asylum with the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo.

10:00 a.m.: If grasping the many nuances of Olympic-level sailing requires years spent in a boat learning to read the whims of the wind and the water, Toronto’s Sarah Douglas also trained for her debut at these Tokyo Games in the living room of her apartment in the Canary District.

When she wasn’t travelling the world racing on the World Cup circuit in the laser radial class, Douglas also spent time sweating through workouts on what’s called a hiking bench. “Hiking,” in sailing jargon, is the technique sailors use to balance a boat in full sail, essentially dangling themselves over the edge of the boat, leaning out over the waves.

Dave Feschuk has the story: Sarah Douglas took ‘medal or nothing’ approach, finishes sixth in Tokyo Olympics regatta

Previously: Canadian women’s swim team took bronze in medley relay, springing Penny Oleksiak to become Canada’s most decorated Olympian; Andre de Grasse finishes third in 100 metre sprint, becoming Canada’s first male medallist this summer.

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