Katerine Savard

Yet it was done for the 28-year-old swimmer who stopped the clock at 57.51 seconds during the 100m butterfly qualifying. Savard was in the same group as Ontarian Margaret Mac Neil who finished first. The two compatriots are qualified for the semi-finals.

Savard’s participation in this event can be described as surprising since the native of Pont-Rouge did not complete the 100m butterfly between the 2016 Canadian trials and those of 2021.

“I was among the best in the world before 2016, but my poor performance at the Canadian trials that year made me dread the 100m butterfly. It was mental, I was afraid to relive the same thing as in 2016, ”she said.

Savard, who had practically jumped for joy after her performance at the national trials, was having trouble hiding her satisfaction after Saturday’s race by repeating how happy she was.

Despite this surprise qualification, Savard did not significantly change his preparations between the Canadian Trials and the Olympics.

“We decided to continue with what worked before testing. I have improved my endurance in the last few months which helps me to finish races strong. ”

Katerine Savard

Jumping into the Tokyo Aquatic Center pool on Saturday, Savard breathed a huge sigh of relief as she competed in her third Olympics. With COVID-19, the swimmer felt that the Games were not done until she touched the water in Japanese swimming pools.

“I was very happy to jump into the water. I want to benefit from the experience. I had a little stress before the competition, but I tried to reassure myself by telling myself that I had experienced it. We are still at the Olympics after all. ”

As for the absence of supporters in the stands, Savard is not overly worried. She even says that a certain atmosphere was felt in the stadium during the test on Saturday.

“It’s a COVID atmosphere, but we’ve experienced it so often in the past year and a half that we’re used to this way of life. We still live in an atmosphere of encouragement, it’s pretty cool, ”she concluded.

Savard will participate in the 100m butterfly semifinals on Saturday around 9:40 p.m. (Montreal time). She will also participate in the 4 x 200m relay events which start on Wednesday, July 28. Other relays could also be added to its schedule by then.


In the eight-point event, Quebecer Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski and her teammates failed to qualify directly for the final by finishing second in their group in qualifying. The Canadian troops finished 32 hundredths of a second behind the New Zealand women.

The Canadians will have the chance to make a comeback in the draft which will take place on July 28.

Cournoyer cannot continue on his way

René Cournoyer finished the day 33rd in his group during the artistic gymnastics qualifications. The 24-year-old had a combined score of 77.696 after all five events.

Cournoyer’s best result came in the vaulting event with 13,866 points.

However, these results do not allow the gymnast from Repentigny to qualify for the rest of the Olympic tournament.

A defeat in the pool

The Canadians lost in their first game at the Tatsumi Water Polo Center by an 8-5 to Australia. Joëlle Békhazi was the only Quebecer to find the back of the net in defeat.

Axelle Crevier, Élyse Lemay-Lavoie and Shae La Roche were also in uniform for this game. Clara Vulpisi was not the starting goalie of the maple leaf for this meeting. Coach David Paradelo instead trusted Ontarian Claire Wright.

Canada’s next game is Monday, July 26 against Spain.