Sunday marks a big day for London-area Olympians at Rio — and the end to a successful weekend.
A total of four athletes from the area are set to compete in Sunday’s events — including marathoners Krista DuChene (Brantford) and Lanni Marchant (London).
Marchant, who is now based in the U.S., finished strong, crawling her way up the pack to place 24th with a time of 2:33:08. DuChene wasn’t too far behind, finishing with a time of 2:35:29, which was good enough for 35th spot.
The London native made Olympic history for Canada as she is the first Canadian to attempt and complete a 10,000-metre race and a marathon at the Olympics.
Marchant placed 25th in the women’s 10,000-metre race on Friday.
Jemima Jelagat Sumgong took gold with a time of 2:24:04.
Meantime, London’s Miranda Ayim and the women’s basketball team will take on Spain at 4:45 p.m. to wrap up their round robin. Canada (3-1) has already booked their spot in the knockout stage.
Finally, Sarnia-born track star Derek Drouin will begin his pursuit for a medal in high jump with an appearance in the preliminary events Sunday night. The 26-year-old, who lists Corunna, Ontario as his hometown, grabbed Canada’s lone track and field gold in London 2012 with a bronze.
“No matter [what big event you attend], it’s just a track. It might be a big stadium, it might have more people than you’re expecting, but there’s still a 400-meter track and it’s the same surface you’re used to,” Drouin told AM980 before heading to Rio.
The event starts at 7:30pm. The top jumpers from that will advance to the final on Tuesday.
London’s already had a taste of the podium this weekend, thanks to London-born swimmer Hilary Caldwell, who captured bronze in the 200m backstroke on Friday. The 25-year-old now calls Victoria, British Columbia home.
With files from Mike Stubbs