A look at five things to watch Wednesday at the Tokyo Games

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TOKYO — From the end of an inspiring Olympic journey to another action-packed day for Olympic swimmers, here are five things to look for Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sevick seeks storybook ending to Olympic journey

Canada gets its first shot at a rowing medal when Jessica Sevick of Strathmore, Alta., and Toronto's Gabrielle Smith compete in the women's double sculls final on Tokyo Bay. Sevick's journey to Tokyo has been an incredible one. At 12 years old, she suffered a severe brain injury during a luge training run at Calgary's Olympic Park. Doctors at the time said if she pulled through, there was a chance she would have a serious disability. Sevick not only made a complete recovery, but two decades later has a chance to stand on an Olympic podium.

After dominating her opening bout, Veyre fights in featherweight quarterfinal

Canadian boxer Caroline Veyre looks to keep her in-ring momentum going when she takes on Italy's Irma Testa in the women's featherweight quarterfinals. The French-born Montrealer looked sharp in her opening fight, downing Croatia's Nikolina Cacic by unanimous decision. Canada has never won an Olympic medal in women's boxing. The last Canadian boxer to stand on the podium was David Defiagbon, who won heavyweight silver at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Another busy day in the pool

It's another packed day at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre with five medals up for grabs, including the final of the women's 200-metre freestyle. Canada has never won a medal in the event, but hopes to change that in Tokyo with Toronto's Penny Oleksiak swimming in the final. Oleksiak is seeking to win her sixth summer games medal, which would be a Canadian record.

Baseball-mad hosts in tournament opener against Dominican Republic

Baseball competition gets underway at Fukushima Azuma Stadium as host Japan gets set to take on the Dominican Republic. Japan has never won a gold medal in Olympic baseball but has a silver and two bronze over the five Games that featured the sport. Japan's last medal came at the 2004 Athens Games, when it beat Canada 11-2 in the bronze-medal game.

Star-studded American basketball team looks to bounce back

The American men's basketball team, overflowing with NBA talent, looks to bounce back from a shocking upset in its opening game when it takes on Iran. The Americans were stunned in their tournament opener, losing 83-76 to France. That ended the Americans' 25-game Olympic winning streak.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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