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The Canadian women's rugby sevens team has seen its road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics become clearer after strong showings at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Despite a pair of losses to New Zealand, Canada put in a solid performance at the tournament, finishing second in Pool D and securing a place in the Cup quarterfinals.
The Canadian women were led by captain Ghislaine Landry, who scored 18 tries throughout the tournament, and fullback Karen Paquin, who scored six tries. Canada's strong performance was highlighted by a thrilling 30-29 victory over Australia in the pool stages.
The Canadian women's performance was a marked improvement on their showing at the Sydney Sevens earlier in the season, where they finished in sixth place.
New Zealand proved to be too strong for Canada in the Cup quarterfinals, however, with the Kiwis taking the match 21-10. Canada then lost to the United States in the Plate semi-finals.
Despite the losses, Canadian head coach John Tait said he was pleased with the team's performance in Hong Kong.
“It was a good tournament for us,” Tait said. “We had some really good wins, and we were able to show that we are one of the top teams in the world.”
The Canadian women's road to the Tokyo Olympics is now clearer after their performance in Hong Kong. With a strong performance in the upcoming tournaments in London and Paris, the Canadian women could be in a position to secure an Olympic berth.
The Canadian women showed great resolve and skill in Hong Kong, and with the Tokyo Olympics getting ever closer, they will be looking to build on their performance in the upcoming tournaments.