Notable quotes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: July 29, 2021

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Here's a selection of notable quotes from Canadians and other athletes at the Tokyo Olympics from July 29, 2021

"The first 1,000 (metres) was about being physical. And the second half was about rowing with our heart."

-- Rower Caileigh Filmer, who along with Hillary Janssens took bronze Thursday in the women's pair to win Canada's first rowing medal of the Games


"We all swam the best we could so that's all you can really ask for. You can't be disappointed with a Canadian record."

-- Swimmer Penny Oleksiak, who swam the anchor leg for Canada's fourth-place effort in the 4x200-metre relay. Oleksiak needs one more medal to become the most decorated Canadian olympian of all time.


"They've definitely shown me how cool it is to be an Olympian and it just means so much to me. To be able to have this opportunity to represent my country for the first time, is truly the coolest feeling in the world."

-- 14-year-old Canadian swimmer Summer McIntosh. She set a Canadian age-group record while swimming the leadoff leg for Canada's 4th place effort in the 4x200-metre relay.

"Our goal is (to play) 40 minutes of Canada-style basketball, and we got closer to that today for sure. So ... ride the wave so to speak when you're on a positive streak, and you have to find ways to forget about it if you're on a downswing. I think this team has done a really good job of that."

-- Women's basketball coach Lisa Thomaidis, after her team beat South Korea, 74-53.


"One mistake and it ruins your whole day. That's what happened.”

-- Canadian judoka Shady El-Nahas after his narrow loss to Portugal's Jorge Fonseca in a men's 100-kilogram bronze-medal match.


“If I say there’s no pressure I’ll be lying. Hopefully, I’ll be able to embrace the pressure that’s upon me and just try to put together a nice tournament here."

-- Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama on the pressure he faces playing in his home country. He was tied for 20th after the first round.


"We want every Australian athlete to be in a position to have their Olympic moment. We will continue to be vigilant."

-- Australian athletics team leader Ian Chesterman after the team was temporarily placed in isolation. Three team members reported having casual contact with American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who rested positive for COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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