Day 12 competition has come to an end. Canadian athletes failed to win a medal during Day 12 of competition at the Rio Olympics. There were still impressive performances during the day with the highlight being Andre De Grasse challenging track legend Ussain Bolt of Jamaica in the Athletics 200m semi-final. De Grasse finished the race in second place behind Bolt with a time of 19.80. He will get another chance to beat Bolt in the 200m Final scheduled for August 16th at 9:30pm EST. In other competitions Damian Warner (Decathlon) finished the day in third place and Meaghan Benefeito reached the Women’s Diving 10m Platform Final.
On her performance in qualifying for the semifinals:
“I am very satisfied. Obviously my last dive was not the best one, but the fact that we have been diving for over two-and-a-half hours is always very hard. Just to get in to semifinals tomorrow (Thursday) morning was my goal. It wasn’t to put down the perfect five dives, it was really to get used to competing against the girls and I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning.”
On how she stayed focused during the long competition:
“I listen to music. I lay down, I have my towel with me and I really just try to get my mind off of the diving. I played solitaire for the first time during an event, but it really made me not focus on what I had to do. It got my mind off it and when it came time to compete, I was more calm than I normally am.”
On lying in third place after day one:
“Not terrible, but I know that there was so much more that I could have gained. It’s up to me now tomorrow. I was expecting to come out here and score a lot of points on day one and that didn’t happen.
“Day two is something that I always look forward to because I know that I am very strong in a lot of those events. I`m looking forward to tomorrow.”