Day 14 competition has come to an end. Canadian athletes added three medals today. The Canadian Women’s Soccer team beat host Brazil at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo with a score of 2-1 to win the Bronze medal in back to back Olympic games. Eric Lamaze won a Bronze medal at Equestrian (Jumping). The Canadian 4x100m relay team finished in fourth place behind USA, Japan and Jamaica with a 37.64s. The time set a new national record beating out the 37.69s time set in Atlanta by the Gold winning team of Robert Esmie, Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin and Donovan Bailey. The Canadian team were upgraded to Bronze after the United States team was disqualified. Jamaica won the event with a time of 37.27 and it was the third medal at these Olympics and ninth overall for track and field legend Usain Bolt.
On the crowd in Sao Paulo:
“The crowd in Sao Paulo has been unbelievable, even in that games we are here and there was no interest really for Brazil, they are amazing football fans. They are obviously for Brazil today, but we enjoyed the silence when we scored our two goals.”
On the match:
“It was a very fun game for me. The team did well, all we need it was each other. Having this medal around my neck is so overwhelming, I am loving so much.”
On her future plans:
“I am going to 12th grade now (final year of secondary school in Canada).”
On the bronze medal:
“It feels incredible. It was a lot of work. First with the jump-off for the team medal that we missed out on and then me leading all the way and the second round today was massive.”
On his horse Fine Lady:
“She was never bought for that. She just became like this and grew into it. So many great riders were having a mishap. It was such a strong field of horses and she kept up with them.”
On his history coming into the Games in Rio:
“After Hong Kong (the Beijing Games 2008 where he won gold and team silver) ) and what happened with Hickstead (his winning horse dying a sudden death right after crossing the finish line at a big show afterwards) I never thought this would happen again. There were times when I was not sure if I wanted to keep going. But this makes it all worth it.”
On the exhilaration of being moved up to bronze medal position after the USA disqualification:
“We set a national record. We ran a great race. We finished fourth and got moved up so we are feeling very happy about that. And we are going to take it away.
“I’ve been through this before. They were all shocked but I was like, ‘man, just wait around. You never know, it’s a relay’.”
Andre DE GRASSE
On the USA disqualification:
“I don’t even know what to think about that right now. That’s why I’m trying not to get too high and celebrate because I’m not even sure that we got it yet. We are just going to wait for the protest and see what happens.
“Either way we ran a great race. We set a national record. I think Japan surprised us a little bit to see them up there. But congrats to them for their performance. Next time around we will just try to get better.”
On Usain BOLT’s (JAM) ‘triple triple’ of gold medals:
“Usain is a great athlete. I’m just excited I got to be a part of history with him. He will probably go down as one of the greatest athletes of all time, in the sprints. If people are talking about him then they’ll probably be talking about me in the same race.”
On a chance to beat BOLT at the world championships:
“I’m definitely going to work hard this year. If I can stay healthy this whole year, I think I have a good shot at him.”