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Tokyo Olympics Day 9 Review: De Grasse claims bronze in thrilling 100-metre final

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The majority of action during the Tokyo Olympics happens when most Canadians are fast asleep. While you were cozy in your bed, however, members of Team Canada were making their push for the podium.
Here's what you missed from Day 9 of the Summer Games:

Women's 4x100m Medley Relay Swimming: Canada wins bronze, Penny Oleksiak makes history

Canadians Kylie Masse, Sydney Pickrem, Maggie Mac Neil, and Penny Oleksiak won bronze in the women's 4x100m medley relay with a time of 3:52.60. 

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The United States claimed silver with a time of 3:51.73 while Australia won gold and set a new Olympic record with a time of 3:51.60.

The medal was a huge accomplishment for Oleksiak, as it marked her seventh all-time at the Olympics, making her the most decorated Canadian Olympian of all time.

After the event, Oleksiak was asked what it was like to mark the accomplishment with her teammates.

"I said earlier, I honestly am glad I didn't win it on an individual because this just makes it like 10 times sweeter," she told CBC. "Knowing that I've accomplished this history with girls that are also making history. And this is only the beginning for Team Canada in swimming and we were young in 2016, and we're still young, we're going to hit our peak soon. 2024, 2028 we're on the come-up and I love that."

The 4x100m medley relay race was the final women's swimming event of the Olympics.

Men's 100m: Andre De Grasse wins bronze

After drawing the undesirable ninth lane in the final of the men's 100m, De Grasse set a personal best with a time of 9.89 seconds to win bronze.

The race was an absolute thriller.

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Fred Kerley of the U.S. won silver with a time of 9.84 seconds and Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs captured gold with a time of 9.80 seconds. Jacobs is the first Italian to ever compete in the men's 100m final.

De Grasse has represented Canada at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. His latest medal is the fourth of his career after earning three in 2016, including a bronze in the 100m and 4x100m relay, and a silver in the 200m. 

Women's Beach Volleyball: Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson advance to quarterfinal

Bansley and Wilkerson defeated the U.S. duo of Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil to reach the quarters in the tournament. The Canadians took the contest in three sets, and the match featured a very controversial video review.

Women's 3000m Steeplechase: Geneviève Lalonde qualifies for next round

In Round 1, Lalone finished with a time of 9:22.64 to claim eighth and advance to the next round. Fellow Canadians Alycia Butterworth and Regan Yee finished 23rd and 29th, respectively, and didn't make the cut.

Women's Hammer Throw: Camryn Rogers impresses during qualification

Rogers threw for a stellar distance of 73.97m, finishing fourth in the qualifiers. Fellow Canadian Jillian Weir finished 19th and did not advance to the next stage.

Women's Basketball: Canada loses to Spain

Playing in its final game of Group A, Kia Nurse scored a team-high 14 points but Canada dropped the contest 76-66 to Spain.

Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Swimming: Canada finishes seventh in final
The team of Markus Thormeyer, Gabe Mastromatteo, Joshua Liendo, and Yuri Kisil finished seventh in the final with a time of 3:32.42.

The U.S. swam to gold and a new World record with a time of 3:26.78, Great Britain nabbed silver with a time of 3:27.51, and Italy claimed bronze with a time of 3:29.17.

Women's Laser Radial Sailing: Sarah Douglas sails to ninth in final

In the medal race of the women's laser radial, Douglas finished ninth amongst the competition.

Sweden's Josefin Olsson captured gold, Belgium's Emma Plasschaert secured silver, and Greece's Vasileia Karachaliou won bronze.

Women's 3m Springboard Diving: Jennifer Abel finishes eighth in final

A rough Round 3 for Abel placed her in eighth after finishing third in the semifinal.

China's Shi Tingmao and Wang Han won gold and silver, respectively, while Krysta Palmer of the U.S. took home bronze.

Women's Vault: Shallon Olsen claims seventh in final

Finishing with a total of 14.550, Canada's Olsen finished seventh in the vault gymnastics final.

Brazil's Rebeca Andrade captured first with a score of 15.083, Mykayla Skinner of the U.S. secured silver with a total of 14.916, while South Korea's Yeo Seojeong took home bronze with a total of 14.733.

Men's High Jump: Django Lovett nabs eighth in final

Lovett cleared a height of 2.30m to claim eighth spot in the men's high jump final.

Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi earned a shared gold, as both competitors cleared 2.37m. Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus also cleared 2.37m, but his overall performance scored bronze.

Way Beyond Gold: Canadian Sydney Pickrem gives legendary response

Canadian swimmer Sydney Pickrem didn't hold much back in her post-race interview.

While standing with her team, Pickrem was asked what she was feeling while swimming in the No. 2 spot for Canada in the 4x100m medley relay.

Her answer was absolutely hilarious.

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"Oh, I was absolutely [expletive] myself, I'm not going to try and sugarcoat it," she said while laughing.

The bronze medal was the first Olympic medal Pickrem has earned. She's represented Canada at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

How many medals has Canada won in the Summer Olympics?

Canada is now up to 14 medals in Tokyo heading into Day 10.

Gold: Margaret Mac Neil (women's 100m butterfly), Maude Charron (weightlifting, women's 64kg), Women's Eight Rowing

Silver: Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu (women's 3m synchronized springboard), Kylie Masse (women's 100m backstroke), Kylie Masse (women's 200m backstroke)

Bronze: Jessica Klimkait (judo, women's under-57 kg), Softball, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (judo, women's 63kg), Penny Oleksiak (women's 200m freestyle), Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens (women's pair rowing), Women's 4x100 medley relay, Andre De Grasse (men's 100m)

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