We’re nearing the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics and it has been a successful one for Canada. With 21 medals to date, Canada is just one behind the national record for most medals in a non-boycotted Summer Games.
Can they tie or even beat the record? There are no clear-cut favourites, but they’ve got a few possibilities.
Top events of the day:
- 800 m final: Melissa Bishop
- K1 200 m kayak: Mark De Jonge
- Golf: Brooke Henderson
- Women’s 4 x 400 m final
Here are the top events to watch today, in chronological order.
- 4 am PT (7 am ET): Women’s individual stroke play – Round 4
Brooke Henderson is in a tie for 8th place heading into the final round. She’s 7 shots off the leader, Inbee Park of South Korea, and 5 shots off Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and Gerina Piller (USA) for a shot at the podium.
Henderson tees off at 4 am PT (7 am ET).
- 5 am PT (8 am ET): Men’s kayak (K1) 200 m final
- 5:14 am PT (8:14 am ET): Men’s canoe (C2) 1000 m final
- 5:40 am PT (8:40 am ET): Women’s kayak (K4) 500 m final
- 6:04 am PT (9:04 am ET): Men’s kayak (K4) 1000 m final
Mark De Jonge didn’t have a great K1 200-metre semi-final, finishing with the slowest time of all qualifiers for the final. Still, you have to think that De Jonge has a chance at a medal, given that he won gold at the World Championships last year.
Canada had the fourth fastest qualifying time in the semi-finals in the women’s K4 500-metre race.
3. Women’s Basketball
- 7:30 am PT (10:30 am ET): Bronze medal game – France vs Serbia
- 11:30 am PT (2:30 pm ET): Gold medal game – USA vs Spain
The closest anyone has come to beating USA was France, who lost by 19 points. If Spain – who lost to USA by 40 points in the round robin – is to win gold, it’ll be one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history.
4. Mountain Biking
- 8:30 am PT (11:30 am ET): Women’s mountain biking cross-country final
Canadians Emily Batty and Catharine Pendrel are both top-10 in the world and could make some noise in this competition.
5. Men’s Soccer
- 9 am PT (12 pm ET): Bronze medal match – Honduras vs Nigeria
- 1:30 pm PT (4:30 pm ET): Gold medal match – Brazil vs Germany
Brazil is looking for gold medal glory at home in their national sport.
6. Men’s Water Polo
- 9 am PT (12 pm ET): Bronze medal match – Montenegro vs Italy
- 1:50 pm PT (4:50 pm ET): Gold medal match – Croatia vs Serbia
There’s potential for a former Yugoslavia country sweep of the medals in men’s water polo.
7. Women’s Volleyball
- 9 am PT (12 pm ET): Bronze medal match – Netherlands vs USA
- 6:15 pm PT (9:15 pm ET): Gold medal match – China vs Serbia
Medals are on the line in the last day of the women’s volleyball tournament.
- 12:30 pm PT (3:30 pm ET): Men’s 10 m platform final
Unlike the women’s competition, Canadians aren’t expected to medal in this event but it’s worth watching nonetheless.
9. Track and Field
- 4:30 pm PT (7:30 pm ET): Women’s high jump final
- 4:55 pm PT (7:55 pm ET): Men’s javelin throw final
- 5 pm PT (8 pm ET): Men’s 1500 m final
- 5:15 pm PT (8:15 pm ET): Women’s 800 m final
- 5:30 pm PT (8:30 pm ET): Men’s 5000 m final
- 6 pm PT (9 pm ET): Women’s 4 x 400 m relay final
- 6:35 pm PT (9:35 pm ET): Men’s 4 x 400 m relay final
Melissa Bishop presents Canada’s best chance at a medal on the track on Saturday. She won the silver medal at the World Championships last year.
Also with a shot at a medal is the Canadian women’s 4 x 400 m relay team. They qualified with the fifth-fastest time on Friday.
Other Canadians that have qualified for finals, but not expected to medal include Alyxandria Treasure (high jump), Nathan Brannen (1500 m), and Mohammed Ahmed (5000 m).
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