Team Canada has qualified in women’s water polo for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.On Friday, Canada qualified by beating Brazil 19-5 and the fact that the United States beat Cuba 31-7 in the semifinals of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Only one nation from the 2019 Pan American Games tournament qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but because the United States already qualified by being the 2019 FINA World League champion, the other finalist of the 2019 Pan American Games qualified if the United States were in the final. Half of the field is now complete in women’s water polo at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Canada and the United States are joined by Australia, Japan and Spain.
In Canada’s 14 goal win over Brazil, Axelle Crevier of Montreal, Quebec led Canada with four goals. Monika Eggens of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Joelle Bekhazi of Pointe-Claire, Quebec and Shae Fournier of Calgary, Alberta had three goals each. Kyra Christmas of High River, Alberta and Hayley McKelvey of North Delta, British Columbia each scored twice, and Kelly McKee of Calgary, Alberta and Kindred Paul of Spruce Grove, Alberta each scored once.
In men’s water polo, Canada will play the United States in the gold medal game of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima with another Olympic berth on the line. In the semifinals on Friday, Canada beat Brazil 8-7 and the United States thumped Argentina 17-1. In Canada’s win over Brazil, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari of Repentigny, Quebec and Jeremie Cote of Montreal, Quebec each scored twice, while Canada had one goal each from Gaelan Patterson of Vancouver, British Columbia, Matthew Halajian of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Aleksa Gardijan of Gatineau, Quebec and Reuel d’Souza of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.