Canada’s softball group, ranked No. 3 on the planet, claimed victory in its first recreation of the event towards Mexico on Wednesday.
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The 4-0 win featured a robust displaying from pitcher Sara Groenewegen and a house run from Jenn Salling. 13 years after the game’s final Olympic look in Beijing, CBC Sports activities’s Devin Heroux breaks down Canada’s spectacular begin right here.
Softball is not the one sport to start forward of Day 1 — the Canadian ladies’s soccer group had its event begin, too. Here is a fast recap of different Olympic information you might need missed.
Athletes take a knee
Six ladies’s soccer groups have accomplished their opening matches, with Canada mid-game towards Japan on the time of publishing.
Gamers for Nice Britain took a knee on the pitch earlier than kickoff of their opening match in an indication of assist for racial justice. Opponents Chile adopted their lead, and each the U.S. and Sweden shared in a gesture as properly.
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Extra from Tokyo 2020
The Worldwide Olympic Committee determined to permit gestures and indicators of protest, however solely at particular instances — for instance, on the medal podium is not one in every of them.
A stinging defeat for the U.S.
Britain’s ladies’s soccer group gained its first match 2-0 towards Chile, and Brazil trumped China 5-0.
However it was Sweden that handed the U.S. a stinging 3-0 loss. The People — with 4 Olympic gold and 4 World Cup titles, together with 2019 — managed six photographs on aim.
Again on the softball facet, host nation Japan gained the primary recreation of the Olympics by defeating Australia 8-1.
Japan, who’re additionally the 2008 Beijing champions, peeled away within the fourth inning. A homer from Yamamoto Yu — including to 2 earlier ones by Yamato Fujita and Minori Naito — sealed the deal. The sport was over after the fifth inning as a consequence of a mercy rule.
High-ranked U.S. — which has gained different three Olympic gold medals within the sport — beat Italy 2-0.
The Italian softball group misplaced their coach, Enrico Obletter, earlier within the yr. He handed away after contracting COVID-19, in keeping with the Italian Baseball Softball Federation. The group is now coached by Federico Pizzolini.
American Cat Osterman had 9 strike outs throughout six innings, and Monica Abbott obtained the save, hanging out the facet.