Weekend roundup: Team Canada qualifies for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Team Canada
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Team Canada has had a busy week on the world stage.
The women’s soccer team qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Jessica Klimkait won her 10th career Grand Slam judo medal, Canada’s women’s eight returned to the World Cup podium rowing and there was a huge medal haul in wrestling in Spain.
Here’s a quick recap in case you missed any of the actions:
Soccer: Canada secures its place in the World Cup with two victories ⚽️
The reigning Olympic champions will have the chance to compete for more glory on the world stage after earning Canada’s spot at an eighth straight FIFA Women’s World Cup.
LILY: Canada claim victory to clinch a spot at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
The Women’s National Team opened the Concacaf W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico with two wins to secure qualification. They beat Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday with a convincing 6-0 win and edged Panama 1-0 on Friday.
Those wins secured Canada a top-two berth in Group B. They will face Costa Rica, also 2-0, on Monday to determine their semifinal seed.
The team’s mission in Monterrey is not over yet. The winner of the tournament will secure Olympic qualification for Paris 2024. Second and third place finishers will face off in September 2023 for the second Olympic spot awarded to the Concacaf region.
Rowing: Silver in Switzerland for the women’s eight 💦
At the third and final Rowing World Cup of the season, Canada took silver in the women’s eight in Lucerne, Switzerland. The boat included three Tokyo 2020 gold medalist crew members (Sydney Payne, Avalon Wasteneys, Kristen Kit). They were joined by Gabrielle Smith and Jessica Sevick – who both moved in after competing in the double sculls in Tokyo – as well as Alexis Cronk, Cassidy Deane, Kirsten Edwards and Morgan Rosts who all won their first senior international medals.
LILY: Canadian women’s eight wins silver in Switzerland
Three other Canadian boats raced in the A finals. Trevor Jones finished fourth in the men’s single scull while the men’s eight and women’s pair finished sixth. Next up will be the World Rowing Championships to be held towards the end of September in Racice, Czech Republic.
Judo: Grand Slam Bronze for Klimkait
Jessica Klimkait won the bronze medal in the women’s under 57kg category at the Judo Grand Slam in Budapest, Hungary on Friday. The reigning world champion and Olympic bronze medalist needed just 1 minute and 35 seconds to beat Cuba’s Arnaes Odelin Garcia in the bronze medal match. It was his 10th career podium on the elite international circuit.
READ: Klimkait lands bronze at Hungarian Grand Slam
Beach Volleyball: Quarter-finals for two duos 🏐
Two Canadian teams have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 event in Gstaad, Switzerland. After winning their silver medals at the world championships, Brandie Wilkerson and Sophie Bukovec retired after a three-set loss to Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho. Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Parades had their title hopes dashed by Brazilians Eduarda Santos Lisboa (Duda) and Ana Patricia Ramos in straight sets.
Wrestling: Huge collection of medals for Team Canada 🤼
Canadian wrestlers put on a show at the Spanish Grand Prix, collecting 14 medals in the competition in Madrid.
On Saturday, the Canadians won eight medals to clinch the women’s team title. Two gold medals were won by Diana Weiker in the 55 kg event and Laurence Beauregard in the 59 kg category. On Sunday, the Canadian men added six bronze medals.
LILY: Canadian wrestlers win eight medals at Spanish Grand Prix
Triathlon: Emy Legault wins her first career top 10
Another weekend, another career best result for Emy Legault. She earned her first top 10 finish in a race in the World Triathlon Championship Series, with a time of 59:11 in the sprint distance event in Hamburg, Germany. It comes two weeks after she placed 12th in the WTCS race in Montreal, which followed her first career World Cup podium in Huatulco, Mexico.
Sailing: Ten Hove and Millen finish seventh at the European Championships
Olympians Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen were the top Canadian boat at the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. After 15 races, they finished seventh overall in the 49erFX class. They had finished in the top 10 nine times throughout the competition, including Sunday’s Medal Race in which they finished fifth to help them climb the ranks.
This was the last major regatta for these boat classes before the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships taking place in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, starting August 31.
Golf: Adam Svensson crowns a solid game with a top 10 ⛳
Canadian golfer Adam Svensson finished the Barbasol Championship in sixth place with a score of 19 under par.
In a tournament affected by bad weather and rain stoppages, Svensson had to complete his third round on Sunday morning. Svensson was in contention for most of the tournament, but his 71 (-1) in the final round saw him finish six strokes behind tournament champion Trey Mullinax of the United States.