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Tokyo games over for pair of Tri-City Olympians — and one came close to medalling

After valiant efforts, Terry Fox secondary grads Jasmin Duehring and Ryan Sclater are finished with their respective 2020 Summer Olympics.

A pair of Terry Fox graduates have made their old high school proud after representing Canada in their respective sports at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

Jasmin Duehring finished fourth in women's Team Pursuit on the cycling track, while Ryan Sclater was eliminated in the quarterfinals of men's volleyball in his Olympic debut.

For Duehring, it was the Coquitlam product's third Olympics and was in contention for a third consecutive piece of hardware after winning bronze at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

However, her Canadian squad fell in the bronze-medal race early Tuesday morning (Aug. 3) — evening in Japan — to the United States.

Of Canada's three races inside Izu Velodrome, Duehring only competed in the qualification round of Team Pursuit clocking in a time of 4:15.832 with an average speed of 56.287 km/h — good enough for eighth-best among the countries in the event.

The 29-year-old cyclist was then listed as an alternate after the team decided to put Gatineau's Ariane Bonhomme in her place for the final two races.

Canada ended up recording a new national record in the heat stage (4:09.249) and surpassed France around the track to the fourth-best time among the heats.

They were then put up against a strong American line-up and lost the chance at a medal by roughly 2.5 seconds.

Duehring was born in Germany but moved to Canada when she was eight years old after her father took a teaching job at Simon Fraser University.

On the court Monday night (Aug. 3) — Tuesday morning in Japan — Sclater spiked a tournament-high 14 points in Canada's quarterfinal against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) at Ariake Arena.

The effort ultimately came up short as the Maple Volleys were eliminated from potential medal contention after losing in straight sets, 21-25, 28-30 and 22-25.

The 6'6" Port Coquitlam outside attacker combined for 34 points in five matches as his team rallied in the latter half of the preliminaries to a 2-3 record and earned the final ticket to the playoff round.

Canada opened the tournament with back-to-back losses to Italy and Japan before beating Iran and Venezuela afterwards and losing the last round-robin match to Poland.

Sclater plays professional volleyball in France and has been a member of Canada's national men's team since 2017.

- with a file from Mario Bartel, Tri-City News