Sports Canada cruises past Iran for 1st men's volleyball victory in Tokyo
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TOKYO — Olympic medal predictions by AP beat writers: ___ ARCHERY Mixed Team Gold: South Korea Silver: India Bronze: United States Men’s Individual Gold: Brady Ellison, United States Silver: Kim Woojin, South Korea Bronze: Mauro Nespoli, Italy Women’s Individual Gold: Kang Chae Young, South Korea Silver: Deepika Kumari, India Bronze: An San, South Korea Men’s Team Gold: South Korea Silver: China Bronze: United States Women’s Team Gold: South Korea Silver: Taiwan Bronze: Mexico ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS Team Final Men Gold: ROC Silver: China Bronze: Japan Women Gold: United States Silver: ROC Bronze: China All-Around Men Gold: Nikita Nagornyy, ROC Silver: Sun Wei, China Bronze: Daiki H
Canada's men's volleyball team picked up an easy 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Iran, keeping its playoff hopes alive with its first win of the Olympics on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Coming into the match, Canada (1-2) had lost two straight to Italy and Japan. Iran (2-1) had not lost yet, having defeated Poland and Venezuela.
Canada's final two matches of the preliminary round will be against winless Venezuela on Friday and Poland on Sunday, with both matchups being key for Canada to securing its spot in the quarter-finals.
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Simone Biles will lead the way for the Americans with five golds in our projection, which has Team USA winning 133 medals, its most since 1984.That total estimate would be the greatest number of medals earned by the U.S. since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when the host nation raked in 174. Fifty-nine gold medals would be the U.S.’s best since earning 83 in Los Angeles. The U.S. ranked No. 1 in total medals and gold medals for the past two consecutive Summer Olympics in Rio (121 total, 46 gold) and London (104 total, 46 gold).
The quarter-final bracket will be made up of the top four teams from each pool and begins Aug. 3. Canada currently sits in fourth in Pool A. Japan leads the pool with a 2-0 record, with Iran in second and Poland in third.
Despite Iran entering with momentum, the Canadians maintained control of the match from start to finish, led by Gordon Perrin, of Creston, B.C., and Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., who scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Canada outblocked Iran 10 to five and scored 40 spike points on 70 attempts, to Iran's 33 on 79 attempts.
The men's volleyball competition is in the preliminary round stage with 12 countries split into two pools. Pool A consists of Japan, Iran, Canada, Italy, Poland and Venezuela, while Pool B contiains Brazil, the U.S., Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), France, Argentina and Tunisia.
Canada's men's team is competing in its second straight Olympic Games following a 24-year absence. The team placed fifth in Rio and has never reached the Olympic podium.
The tournament ends on Aug. 7 with the gold- and bronze-medal matches.
American Felix sets new women's Olympics medal record .
TOKYO (AP) — The new medal standard in Olympic women's track has been set. American Allyson Felix stands alone at the top and still has a chance to go even higher. The 35-year-old Felix won her record 10th Olympic track medal Friday night at the Tokyo Games with a push down the home stretch of the 400 meters to take the bronze medal. Felix now has more Olympic track and field medals than any woman in history in a career that goes back to 2004 in Athens. She came to Tokyo even with Jamaican runner Merlene Ottey. Her 10th medal also ties her with the great Carl Lewis for the most by an American athlete. She could break that Saturday when she's expected to run in the 1,600-relay.