TOKYO — Day five in Tokyo allowed three Ivies to continue making Olympic Games history as Brown’s Janet Leung secured Team Canada’s first Olympic medal in softball, Cornell’s Taylor Knibb made her Olympic debut as the U.S. youngest female triathlete and Princeton’s Anna Van Brummen became a Fencing Olympian.
Brown softball product and now Olympic Bronze medalist Leung assisted Team Canada in securing their medal after a 3-2 win over Mexico. Canada paved their way to the bronze medal match after defeating Italy 8-1 early Monday morning.
The Tokyo 2020 bronze medal is the first softball Olympic medal Canada has won. Their best finish was placing fourth at Beijing 2008.
Over at Odaiba Marine Park, Knibb made her Olympic debut as the U.S. youngest female triathlete after placing 16th in the women’s triathlon. She was one of three U.S. women to finish in the race’s top 20 with a time of 2:00.59.
The U.S. men’s rugby 7’s team continued pool play in matches against Ireland and South Africa. The U.S. team secured their second win when Dartmouth’s Madison Hughes sealed the come back with a try at the death to secure a 19-17 win over Ireland to secure a quarterfinal spot.
Shortly after, the U.S. team suffered a 17-12 loss, their first in pool play, to South Africa. The Americans will face Great Britain in their quarterfinal match on Tuesday morning.
Princeton’s Ashleigh Johnson helped the U.S. women’s water polo team to a 12-7 hard-fought victory over China. Johnson recorded seven saves in the win and will be back in action against Hungary on Wednesday, July 28 at 1 a.m.
Two Tigers, Katharine Holmes and Van Brummen, helped the U.S. women’s épée team finish with back-to-back wins to secure fifth place. The U.S. team opened the tournament with a 38-33 loss to fourth-seeded South Korea. Holmes won all three of her bouts against South Korea with a combined touch score of 15-12.
The U.S. team moved into the qualification round and defeated eight-seeded Hong Kong, China 42-31. Again, Holmes won each of her final two bouts in the match and out-touched her three opponents 13-8.
The win allowed the U.S. to compete against second-seeded Poland with the winner finishing fifth. Van Brummen, the U.S. épée team’s replacement athlete, made her Olympic debut when she subbed in in the match, winning her three bouts 10-8. Holmes delivered a 3-0 win as she and Van Brummen combined to turn in each of the Americans’ final three wins to close it out.
The fifth-place finish matches the Americans’ finish from the Rio Games in 2016.
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