With apologies to all the other athletes working hard in all the other events, Day 13 at the Rio Olympics is really about one thing for Canadians: The blossoming sprint bromance of Andrain De Bolt. (Usandre De Bolsse? Nah, let's go with the first one.)
Day 13 (August 18th):
Andre De Grasse (bronze medal winner in the 100 metres) is out to prove that his new best buddy, gold medallist Usain Bolt, is not so invincible. The 21-year-old Toronto native takes aim at the incomparable Jamaican champion in the final of the 200 metre sprint on Thursday night. 9:30 pm ET, on CBC. It's a tough task, kinda like trying to prove it ain't that hard to beat the sun in a staring contest. However, De Grasse at least showed Bolt, in Wednesday night's semi-final, that if the King of the Sprint wants to three-peat as Olympic 200 metres champ, he's not going to be allowed to let up over the final ten or fifteen metres. And that's what's been happening. Bolt has been making the tail ends of sprints look like he's just jogging to the other side of his backyard to retrieve a frisbee. De Grasse pressed the issue in the semi once Bolt had begun to ease up but when the Jamaican flash spied the young Canuck to his right, he accelerated again to win the heat. With a smile. And De Grasse smiled back. A reported 6.9 million Canadians watched the 100 metre final on Sunday. What will the audience for this next chapter be? Who couldn't possibly want more of this?
By the way, Bolt and De Grasse are not in neighbouring lanes for the final. Who's to blame?!!
Canada's golf phee-nom has some work to do as the women's competition hits day two, but Brook Henderson is certainly within striking distance after a first round score of one under par. The 2016 Women's PGA Champion is five off the pace set by Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn. Henderson had four birdies on the day and and eagle, but also carded two double bogeys. That is one moody round of golf. Kinda like the day I fired five double bogeys - which was great - but, on the downside, also carded five snowmen and a couple of holes marked DNF. Which is most days. Golf coverage begins at 6:30 am ET on TSN2. Henderson is scheduled to tee off at 10:09 ET, while Canada's other competitor, Alena Sharp (1-over for round one) hits the tee at 7:25 ET.
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Day Two of decathlon competition sees Canada's Damian Warner hoping to keep his podium position, if not rise to the top. He stands third after the first five events, trailing the leader - defending Olympic champ Ashton Eaton of the United States - by 132 points and second place Kai Kazmirek of Germany by 11 points. Eaton, by the way, is trying to become the first man to defend and Olympic decathlon title since 1952. The final five events are: 110 metre hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1,500 metre race and thumb war. Wait, that's six events. Forget about pole vault, that sounds made up. Decathlon action begins at 8:30 am ET, on CBC, with the final events going at 5:30 pm ET, also on CBC.
Holy mackerel, there's still diving going on? All these competitions, all these days and still we don't have a dressage-diving event? Or Bolt versus Phelps vs Biles belly flop-off for the title of greatest Olympian? Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Rose Filion have twisted and tucked and piked their way into the women's 10 metre platform semi-final. 9 am ET, on Sportsnet. If they make their way into the final, you'll see them again at 3 pm ET, on CBC.
Canada's 4x100 relay teams push for spots in the finals when they pass the baton in semi-final races on Thursday morning. The Canadian Women's foursome is scheduled to race at 10:20 am ET and the men's at 10:40 am ET, on CBC.
Alyxandria Treasure leaps for the sky as Canada's hope in women's high jump. No pressure, we just expect gold, now.... CBC, 9 am ET.
What's that? You say the Olympics aren't "rad" enough for you, man? Oh yeah? Well, just flip on CBC at noon-thirty, ET, dude, for a little BMX competition. Quarter-finals, bro. By the way, table tennis is rad too, but you missed it, man. You missed it.
UPDATE: Here are the schedule changes announced by CBC after this column's original posting.