Day 13 competition has come to an end. Canadian athletes added four medals today. Erica Wiebe brought home another Gold medal for Canada in Women’s Wrestling (75kg). Andre De Grasse finished the Athletics 200m Final race second behind Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Bolt won his second Gold medal of Rio 2016 and has now won the 200m race in three straight Olympic games. Damian Warner won a Bronze medal in Men’s Decathlon and Meaghan Benfeito added a Bronze medal in Women’s Diving 10m Platform.
On her journey:
“I was a training partner in London (2012 Olympic Games) and I snuck up onto the mats to see what it was like and it was like the same mats that I trained on everyday. I knew I could be there in four years. It hasn’t been easy, but it is amazing.”
On the final match:
“I just took it one takedown at a time. I didn’t think about who I was wrestling, I didn’t think about what they were. I just thought about what I needed to do in that moment and I still don’t really believe it.”
On winning the gold:
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m never at a loss for words but I’m at a loss for words right now. I think I just gave it my everything today and what I did on the mat just speaks for itself.
“I was just trying to see if it would sink in finally. It doesn’t ever sink in maybe? I woke up and I was a random person and an everyday girl and work hard everyday.
“Everyone dreams about singing the national anthem and watching their flag raised but you can’t use words to describe (it).”
On her Olympics build-up:
“The process to get here today was so hard but when I woke up this morning I knew that I had done every single thing I could to wrestle my best today.
“I was really doubting myself last year and I knew I had it in me. I knew I could compete with everybody in the world.
“I just wrestled like I knew I could and you see what happened.”
On his pride at winning a medal:
“It feels awesome. I came here with mindset of gold but there are a lot of tough competitors out there in decathlon. I am proud of myself. I feel like the luckiest athlete in the world. I would not be here without my coaches, family and friends. They made me who I am, an Olympic bronze medallist.”
Andre DE GRASSE
On how it feels:
“It was a great performance today to come away with the silver medal in my first Olympics. It was tough racing against Usain (BOLT, JAM). It was a learning experience from yesterday.”
On how the race played out:
“I just didn’t have enough coming home but I’m going to learn from that. I love competing against him. It has been an honour being a part of history with what he’s accomplished.
“Overall, if his time is up a new person has to come in there. I have to continue to work hard and bring my A game because it’s not going to be easy.”