samedi 6 août 2016

Roundup: Victoria's Ryan Cochrane out of men's 400-metre freestyle swimming

RIO DE JANEIRO — Victoria's Ryan Cochrane failed to qualify for the finals of the men's 400-metre freestyle on Saturday at the Rio Games, falling short of the medal round for a third straight Olympics.
Cochrane finished his heat in 3:45.83 to place 11th overall. The top eight swimmers advance to Saturday night's final. 
"It's frustrating, but I know I'm fortunate enough to have two chances at the Olympics and not a lot of people get that second chance," said Cochrane, who will race in the 1,500 freestyle — his best event — on Friday. "I'm an old-enough athlete to know where to see what I need to work on and I have six days to do that."
Cochrane won silver in the 1,500 at the London Games four years ago and bronze in Beijing in 2008 in the same event. He finished ninth in the 400 in both previous Olympics.
Cochrane was denied a spot in the 400 final in London, missing out by one-hundredth of a second when gold medallist Park Tae-hwan had his disqualification overturned.
Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., and Sydney Pickrem failed to advance in their respective events. Thomas placed in a tie for 18th in the 100 butterfly while Pickrem finished 12th overall in the 400 individual medley.
Canada's Carling Zeeman advanced to the quarter-finals in the women's single sculls as the Olympic rowing competition kicked off in windy conditions. Two other Canadian crews failed to advance and will have to row in repechage rounds.
The 25-year-old Zeeman from Cambridge, Ont., won her heat in a time of 8:41.12. The top three in each heat advance. Ireland's Sanita Puspure was second followed by Nadia Negm of Egypt.
Brendan Hodge of South Delta, B.C., Maxwell Lattimer of Delta, B.C., Nicolas Pratt of Kingston, Ont., and Eric Woelfl of St. Catharines, Ont., will need to race in Sunday's repechage after finishing fourth in their heat and missing a chance to book a spot in the semifinals.
The men's quadruple sculls crew of Julien Bahain — who was born in France but now competes for Canada — Will Dean of Kelowna, B.C., Kingston's Rob Gibson and Pascal Lussier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., finished fifth in their heat and will also have to row again Monday if they are to race in the final. They needed a top-two finish to advance.
The quad struggled with the conditions and couldn't recover after Gibson lost his grip on his oar.
Tamara Tatham of Brampton, Ont., had 20 points as Canada opened preliminary round play in women's basketball with a 90-68 victory over China at the Youth Arena.
Team captain Kim Gaucher of Mission, B.C., led all players with 10 rebounds.
Canada won gold at the Pan Am Games last year but has never reached the Olympic podium in women's basketball.
Ghislaine Landry had a pair of tries — including one 30 seconds into the match — as Canada's women's rugby sevens team beat Japan 45-0 to open their quest for an Olympic medal.
Bianca Farella also had a pair of tries to help Canada take a 26-0 lead at halftime. Kayla Moleschi, Brittany Benn and Natasha Watcham-Roy also scored.
Women's rugby is making its Olympic debut in Rio, while the men's game returns after a 92-year absence.
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