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Olympic Roundup: Barber crashes out of pole vault, Canada’s medal streak ends at nine days

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016

As the pole vault bar fell 5.65 metres to the ground, Shawn Barber’s Olympic dreams came crashing down with it.

It was a bitter but fitting end to Day 10 of the Rio Olympics for Canada, the first day in which it found itself without a medal.

A favourite to win the pole vault competition coming into the Games, Barber was expected to rescue a dismal Monday for Canada that earlier saw its paddlers shut out of medal contention.

But the reigning world champion couldn’t get going, perhaps bothered by the rain that plagued the track events at Olympic Stadium.

He needed two attempts to vault over the opening height of 5.50 metres, then failed on all three attempts to get over 5.65.

“You just try to adjust to the wind and the rain and the different conditions, and we’re all out there making guesses as to what’s going to work,” he said. “Sometimes you take a risk doing one thing or another and it doesn’t work as well as you’d like.”

Barber’s early exit ended Canada’s streak of winning at least one medal a day at nine. Canada remained in 11th place in the overall standings with 13 medals (two gold, two silver, nine bronze). The goal coming into the Games was a top 12 finish.

Heavy rain and strong winds tormented the evening track and field session, sending athletes running for cover for what would turn into a half-hour rain delay.

The delay was closer to an hour for the pole vaulters, as volunteers desperately mopped up the runway with towels.

“It’s a struggle for all athletes out there, we all had to endure a little bit more of an endurance sport, I guess you could say,” Barber said. “It usually doesn’t take that long to get going, and of course we had a full warmup and then an hour-long delay before we actually got to jump again. All the athletes are dealing with it differently.”


Women’s 3,000 steeplechase – Genevieve Lalonde, Moncton, N.B., finished 16th in the final in 9:41.88.

Men’s 3,000 steeplechase – Matt Hughes, Oshawa, Ont., finished fourth in his heat in 8:26.27 and qualified for Wednesday’s final. Taylor Milne, Callander, Ont., finished ninth in his heat in 8:34.38. Chris Winter, North Vancouver, B.C., finished 10th in his heat in 8:33.95. Both did not qualify for the final.

Women’s 200 – Crystal Emmanuel, Toronto, finished third in her heat in 22.80 and qualified for Wednesday’s final.

Women’s 400 hurdles – Sage Watson, Medicine Hat, Alta., finished second in her heat in 55.93. Noelle Montcalm, Belle River, Ont., finished second in her heat in 56.07. Both qualified for Tuesday’s semifinals. Chanice Chase-Taylor, Toronto, finished seventh in her heat in 1:02.83 and did not qualify for the semifinals.

Men’s 110 hurdles – Johnathan Cabral, Peribonka, Que., finished fourth in his heat in 13.63 and qualified for Tuesday’s semifinals. Sekou Kaba, Ottawa, finished eighth in his heat in 13.70 and did not qualify for the semifinals.

Men’s pole vault – Shawn Barber, Toronto, finished 10th in the final, clearing 5.50 metres.


Men’s singles K1 1000 – Adam van Koeverden, Oakville, Ont., finished sixth in his semifinal in 3:36.230 and did not qualify for the final.

Men’s singles C1 1000 – Mark Oldershaw, Burlington, Ont., finished fourth in his semifinal in 4:03.493 and did not qualify for the final.

Women’s doubles K1 200 – KC Fraser, Oakville, Ont., and Genevieve Orton, Lake Echo, N.S., finished fifth in their semifinal in 1:45.351 and did not qualify for the final.

Women’s singles K1 200 – Andreanne Langlois, Quebec City, finished fifth in her semifinal in 41.350 and did not qualify for the final.


Women – Allison Beveridge, Calgary, was 14th after the omnium 10-km scratch race. She then finished ninth in the three-km individual pursuit in 3:36.938, before ending her day finishing 15th in the omnium elimination race. After the first three events, Beveridge is 13th with a total of 50 points.


Men’s three-metre springboard –Philippe Gagne, Ville de Mont Royal, Que., finished 12th in the preliminary round with a score of 400.75 and qualified for Tuesday’s semifinal.


Women’s balance beam – Isabela Onyshko, Brandon, Man., finished eighth in the final with a score of 13.400.


Women’s 49er FX – Erin Rafuse, Halifax, and Dannie Boyd, Kingston, Ont., were 15th after the ninth race.

Men’s and Women’s Laser – Lee Parkhill, Oakville, Ont., and Brenda Bowskill, Toronto, had their finals postponed by weather.

Men’s 470 – Graeme Saunders and Jacob Saunders, both Chester, N.S., did not compete as all races for this event were also postponed by weather.


Duet – Jacqueline Simoneau, Saint-Laurent, Que., and Karine Thomas, Gatineau, Que., finished seventh after the technical program with a score of 179.3583 and qualified for Tuesday’s final.


Women’s 10-km – Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., finished 23rd in the final in 1:59:22.1.


Men – Canada beat Italy in its last preliminary-round game, 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21). They finished 3-2 in Group A and will play Russia in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.


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