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Richmond Olympians: Rugby sevens, table tennis stars' Games all but over

Nate Hirayama captained Canada to the quarter finals of the rugby sevens, before they fell to giants New Zealand
Rugby sevens stat Nate Hirayama (right) and basketball's Miranda Ayim carried the Maple Leaf at the opening ceremony for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games

The Olympics is all but over for Richmond’s rugby sevens’ star Nate Hirayama, after his Team Canada put up a brave fight in the quarter finals against the giants of New Zealand.

Canada went down fighting in the early hours of Tuesday though, losing only 21-10 to the Kiwis, a relatively tight margin in the free-scoring sport.

Last evening (Pacific time), Canada scraped into the quarter finals with a resounding 36-12 win over the hosts Japan, which saw them advance by a only a couple of points over Ireland.

Canada now face a match-up with the U.S. later today (6 p.m. Pacific) for the minor placings.


Richmond table tennis star, Mo Zhang, is out of the women’s singles after losing her round of 16 match 4-1 to China’s Meng Chen.

Zhang had earlier lost her mixed doubles match (playing with Zhen Wang) 4-1 to Team China.


One of Richmond’s two fencers, Eli Schenkel, lost his Mens Sabre event 15-11 on Monday to Italian sixth seed Andre Cassara.

Schenkel is ranked 27th at the Games.

The day before, fellow Richmond fencer Shaul Gordon, ranked 20th, lost 15-10 in the same event to Iran’s 13th seed Motjaba Abedini.


Hammer thrower and Kajaks alumnus Camryn Rogers will begin her qualifying round about 5 p.m. Saturday (Pacific).


While 50K racewalker Evan Dunfee takes to the circuit for his big push for a medal at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5