Sports After missing cut and then agreeing to be alternate, Guglia is added to Olympic field

07:18  25 july  2021
07:18  25 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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TOKYO — A late decision to fly to Tokyo to serve as a skateboarding alternate has paid off for Canada's Annie Guglia.

a small boat in a body of water with a city in the background © Provided by The Canadian Press

The 30-year-old Montrealer missed the cut at last month's qualification event for the Summer Games, but jumped at the chance to travel to Japan as a substitute.

She was formally added as a competitor Sunday, filling a vacancy after a South African competitor suffered an injury.

Guglia will be the lone Canadian to compete in the women's street event Monday at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. 

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The sport is making its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Guglia's addition brings the Canadian team's delegation size up to 371.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 25, 2021. 

The Canadian Press

Canadian Damian Warner in the hunt for Olympic decathlon gold .
Through three of 10 events in Tokyo, Damian Warner is 24 points better than he was at Gotzis. And that’s a very good sign indeed for the 31-year-old decathlete from London, Ont., who set the Canadian record of 8,995 points at the prestigious Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in Austria two months ago. As the 22-man decathlon field took a break to rest and refuel for two more events on Wednesday evening — the high jump and 400-metres — Warner led with 2,966 points. Better yet, the man in the silver medal spot, just 193 points back, was 25-year-old Pierce LePage of Whitby, Ont. © ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL Pierce Lepage of Canada in action on Wednesday in Tokyo.

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