RIO DE JANEIRO — The dream run for Canada’s men’s volleyball team came to an end on Day 12 of the Rio Olympics after the squad bowed out one game shy of competing for a medal.
The 12th-ranked Canadians lost 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 to No. 3 Russia in the quarter-finals today.
The loss ends a surprising Olympic run for Canada, which made its first Summer Games appearance since 1992. The team needed a last-chance qualifier in June to earn the spot in Rio.
Also, Canada just missed the podium in Olympic show jumping, losing to Germany in a jumpoff for bronze.
Yann Candele of Caledon, Ont., Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver and former Olympic champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., have all qualified for Friday’s individual final.
Montreal’s Dorothy Yeats fell short of capturing a medal, losing her battle for bronze in women’s 69-kilogram wrestling.
At the Olympic Golf Course, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., survived an up-and-down opening round, carding a 1-under-par 70 that included a pair of double bogeys and an eagle. Alena Sharp of Hamilton had a late morning tee time, and finished with one-over-par 72.
Canadian Damian Warner got off to a good start in the Olympic decathlon. The London, Ont., native ran an Olympic-best 10.30 seconds in the 100 metres, the first event in the 10-discipline competition.
Warner beat his top rival, American and defending Olympic champion Ashton Eaton, who finished second in their heat in 10.46.
The Canadian finished second in his group in the long jump, landing at 7.67 metres in his third attempt. In the shot put, Warner threw for 13.66 metres, placing 11th in his group.
Warner was second overall after the shot put with 2,708 points behind leader Eaton. Kevin Mayer of France was third heading into the high jump and 400 metre events on Wednesday. The decathalon concludes on Thursday.
On the track, Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., qualified with the best time in the women’s 800-metre heats of one minute 58.38 seconds.
Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., finished 11th in the men’s 3,000 metre steeplechase final with a time of 8:36.83.
Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., qualified for Saturday’s final in the men’s 5,000 metres finishing sixth with a time of 13:21.00. Luc Bruchet of Vancouver finished 37th with a time of 14:02.02 and did not advance.
Later on Wednesday, star sprinter Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., continued his quest for a second medal in Rio. De Grasse, the bronze medallist in the 100 metres, raced in the semis of the men’s 200 metres, along with Toronto’s Aaron Brown.
Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., were scheduled to race in the semis of the women’s 100 metre hurdles.
In the pool, divers Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion are still in the hunt for their second medals of the Games after the Canadians qualified for the next round in the women’s 10-metre platform event.
Benfeito finished sixth with a score of 329.15, while Filion placed eighth with 323.55. The Laval, Que., natives repeated as bronze medallists in the women’s 10-metre synchronized event in Rio.
Elsewhere in the water, Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., and Hugues Fournel of Montreal have qualified for Thursday’s final of the men’s K2 200 metre.
Cochrane and Fournel were nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team just over two weeks ago after a Russian crew was suspended due to a doping infraction.
Montreal’s Emilie Fournel did not advance to the K1 500-metre final, but will race in the women’s K4 500 metres on Friday with Andreanne Langlois of Quebec City, Genevieve Orton of Lake Echo, N.S., and K.C. Fraser of Oakville, Ont.
Burlington, Ont., native Mark Oldershaw raced in the heat and semi of the men’s C1 200 metre but did not advance.
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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Dorothy Yeats spelled incorrectly.
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