Rio 2016: What to watch in week 2 of the Olympics

It was a successful Week 1 in Rio for Canada, with 12 medals won, including two golds. Canada will try to keep up their streak of winning at least one medal per day, as our athletes step out of the pool and onto the track field.

Canada is well on its way to reaching the Canadian Olympic Committee’s goal of a top-12 finish in the overall medal standings, while also hoping to collect 19 medals.


While all our medals so far have been won by women, there are a few chances for some Canadian men to bring home some titles.

Here’s a few events to watch in the second week of the Olympics:

Canada\’s Andre De Grasse, left, and China\’s Su Bingtian compete in a men\’s 100-meter heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.

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Andre De Grasse will hopefully challenge world champion Usain Bolt in a major Olympics event: the men’s 100m dash. He’ll first have to get through the semifinals Sunday afternoon before facing both Jamaican Bolt and American Justin Gatlin.

He’ll also be competing in the 4x100m relay on Thursday.

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Decathlete Damien Warner will be one to watch as he’s been getting closer and closer to top of the podium. He came in fifth in London in 2012, picked up a bronze in the 2013 world championships and then grabbed silver in the 2015 world championships. Decathlon gets underway on Wednesday.

Melissa Bishop has a chance to medal in the women’s 800m event on Wednesday. She came in first in last year’s Pan Am games in Toronto, breaking a Canadian record.

Shawn Barber is a Canadian record holder and will have a chance at the podium in pole vault on Monday.

Derek Drouin came in third in London 2012, and is a contender for this year’s high jump medals on Tuesday if he qualifies today.

Christine Sinclair #12 of Canada celebrates their second goal during the match between Canada and Australia womens football for the summer olympics at Arena Corinthians on August 3, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The women’s team is one win away from a medal in Rio. Their semifinal match on Tuesday will determine whether they will play for the gold or the bronze medal.

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Brooke M. Henderson of Canada celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Cambia Portland Classic held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on July 3, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

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Brooke Henderson will start in the first round of women’s golf starting on Wednesday. The 18-year-old is currently ranked second in the world, and is expected to bring home a medal.

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Mandy Bujold of Canada reacts to her win on August 12 at the Olympic Games in Rio.

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Mandy Bujold is currently in the quarterfinals in the women’s fly 51kg category. Her next match will be Tuesday.

Erica Wiebe of Canada celebrates winning gold in a bout against Jyoti of India in the Nordic System 75kg wrestling bout at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday July 29, 2014.

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Erica Wiebe won the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will be fighting for her first Olympic medal on Thursday.

Canada’s Sarah Pavan competes in the women’s beach volleyball qualifying match between Canada and Germany at the Beach Volley Arena in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


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Canada’s women Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan have moved on to the quarterfinals and will try for the semis on Sunday.

Adam van Koeverden, an Olympic gold, silver and bronze medallist, kayaking for Team Canada this year, told Global News the hype around Rio’s health safety has taken away from the Games and the hard work the athletes have poured into preparation.

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Adam van Koeverden will compete in the men’s single 1000m on Monday, and Mark de Jonge will compete in the men’s single 200m on Friday. Both men medaled in London 2012, and are expected to be contenders in their respective races.

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Tony Nyhaug of the Canada rides to second place in the Men Elite competition at the BMX Supercross World Championships, Manchester, England, Friday, April 19, 2013.

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Tony Nyhaug will be a contender at this year’s Olympics, after missing out on medalling in London 2012 because he ruptured his spleen 11 weeks before competing. He has previously won silver at the World Cup in 2014.

Emily Batty acknowledges the crowd before receiving her gold medal at the Hardwood Mountain Bike Park in Oro-Medonte, Ont., where she finished first in the women\’s mountain bike event at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games on Sunday, July 12, 2015.



2011 and 2014 world champion Catherine Pendrel and her teammate Emily Batty will be racing in Saturday’s cross country mountain bike event and both are contenders.

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