Notable quotes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: July 31, 2021

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TOKYO — Here's a selection of notable quotes from Canadian and other athletes at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

"I don't think it will really set in until we get home and are able to kind of take a step back and realize what we accomplished."

— Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse after winning silver in the women's 200-metre backstroke. It was her second medal of the Games, and the fifth for Canada's women's swim team.


"I didn't expect to go that fast. I wanted to just relax for the first round. But I saw my heat this afternoon, I was like, OK, I'm going to have to run a little bit, got an American in there, had a couple of other nine-second guys in there. So I was like, I might have to run a little bit."

— Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, after running fastest in the men's 100-metre heats with a season-best time of 9.91 seconds.


"I was too far in front of the diving board, my toes went past the board and if I had tried the dive, the board would have thrown me too far forward and I could have hurt myself. I made the choice to jump in the water."

— Canadian diver Pamela Ware after a mistake in the fifth round of the three-metre springboard semifinal cost her a spot in the final.


"I know I'm still well on the outside looking in, but I do have a chance and you always have a chance until the last shot. I'm going to give it all I have tomorrow and we'll see what happens."

— Canadian golfer Mackenzie Hughes, who sits five strokes back of third place heading into the final round of the men's competition.


"I have all the tools to make it through to the end. Today just wasn't my day. ... I really thought I could beat her. I did not come here to make an appearance. I was here to win."

— Canadian boxer Tammara Thibeault after losing her middleweight quarterfinal bout to Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands.


“For me, looking back on Rio, that emotion of scoring the last try but still not being able to win the game, crying underneath the posts, is definitely one that I've looked back on. But now it's gone.”

— New Zealand rugby sevens player Portia Woodman after winning gold by beating France 26-12 in the final. New Zealand lost to Australia in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.


“I don’t regret coming to (the) Olympics at all. Everything happens for a reason and (I’ve) had some heartbreaking losses at the Olympic Games and some big tournaments in my career. And I know that those losses have usually made me stronger.”

— Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is leaving the Olympics without a medal after losing he bronze-medal match of the tennis tournament to Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

“It's a beautiful art and maybe that is why I can be an athlete for such a long time."

— Chinese weightlifter Lyu Xiaojun, 37, on becoming the oldest man to win an Olympic gold medal in his sport.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 31, 2021.

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