BUDAPEST, Hungary — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s single-venue record and take the championship lead on Sunday.
Hamilton’s latest victory from pole position was as comfortable as the nearly 9-second margin over second-place Max Verstappen suggested. The British driver’s 86th GP win moved him just five behind the German great Schumacher’s F1 record of 91.
“We’ve just been on point through the whole weekend,” Hamilton said, praising his team. “While I was on my own for the race it was a different kind of challenge.”
Schumacher won the French GP eight times when it was held at Magny-Cours. Hamilton first won here in 2007 and his first success with Mercedes also came at the Hungaroring track in 2013, the year after replacing Schumacher on the Silver Arrows team.
Verstappen drove superbly to hold off Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished less than one second behind him in third to relinquish the championship lead after three races.
Hamilton took a record-extending 90th career pole on Saturday to match Schumacher’s record for seven poles on the 4.4-kilometre (2.7-mile) track nestled among rolling hills outside of Budapest.
He made a clean start but Bottas made a poor one from second and was overtaken by Lance Stroll starting third; the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc and Verstappen from seventh.
Red Bull only just managed to get Verstappen’s car on the grid. About 20 minutes earlier, he damaged the front wing when going over a kerb and sliding into the barriers on a warmup lap.
Team principal Christian Horner looked on anxiously as mechanics replaced it and repaired the suspension, working frantically fast to get his car ready with the clock ticking down.
“The mechanics did an amazing job. I don’t know how they did it but they were incredible … Just on time,” a jubilant Verstappen said. “To be able to split the two Mercedes cars was great for us. I thought I was not going to race so to be second was like a victory today.”
In a demoralising sign of the times for Ferrari, both cars were lapped by Hamilton.
Stroll placed fourth ahead of Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, with Vettel sixth and Leclerc out of the points in 11th.
Hamilton and most drivers again took the knee against racism before the start.
Shortly after the start, drivers changed onto the slick tires for damp conditions, causing a flurry of activity.
But Hamilton had already streaked eight seconds ahead of Verstappen by lap 6 of 70.
It took Bottas 11 more laps to pass the Ferraris and Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen to move into fourth behind Stroll.
Haas surprisingly found itself up the leaderboard because the team astutely changed tires before the others. Pierre Gasly’s race ended at this point, when his AlphaTauri limped into the pits.
Halfway through, Hamilton was 20 seconds clear of Verstappen. Bottas moved ahead of Stroll’s Racing Point and within six seconds of Verstappen, after all moved onto quicker medium tires.
That left Bottas with 32 laps to catch Verstappen — a long time for most, but most drivers don’t have Verstappen’s nerve and composure.
Bottas got to within half a second of him, but the Dutch driver held firm and forced Bottas to gamble on a third tire change with 20 laps remaining. He soon got a point for the fastest lap, but Hamilton even took that off him too as he moved ahead 63-58 in the title race.
“It was a really bad race for me to be honest. I lost it at the start, a light on my dash(board) went off. I don’t know what it was,” Bottas said. “I lost places and it made the race very difficult (and) it was very difficult with Max.”
Verstappen is third overall with 33, but would be closer had he not broken down in the first race in Austria.
Bottas won that, and Hamilton the next two with a double-header at the British GP to follow.
Silverstone is another of Hamilton’s best tracks, where he holds the record with six wins.
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Damian Warner extends decathlon lead by running to an Olympic best in the 110m hurdles – CBC.ca
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Canada's Laurence Vincent-Lapointe wins silver in women's C-1 200m – CTV News
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe would tell herself in the darkest days of an uncertain future to just keep going.
One day at a time.
Dominant on the world stage in women’s canoe, she was desperately trying to clear her name following an “adverse analytical finding” from an out-of-competition drug test in July 2019.
If things didn’t go Vincent-Lapointe’s way, she would miss out on the Olympic debut of a sport she had largely owned for more than a decade.
And after the clouds parted and it was announced she would be allowed to compete at the Tokyo Summer Games, the 29-year-old nicknamed “LVL” used the same mentality to hold onto a precious podium spot in Japan.
One powerful paddle stroke at a time.
Vincent-Lapointe fought off a couple of late challengers in the women’s C-1 200-metre race Thursday to win the silver medal at a sweltering Sea Forest Waterway.
“I pushed until the end,” said the ecstatic native Trois-Rivieres, Que., who finished the sprint in a time of 46.786 seconds. “No matter how many people I thought were catching up to me, I was just like, ‘No, no, no. You cannot drop, you cannot let go. Just push until the end.’
“It’s just crazy. I have 13 world championships, but this silver at the Games is so different.”
Nevin Harrison (45.932) of the United States took gold, while Ukraine’s Liudmyla Luzan (47.034) claimed bronze in temperatures that felt like a staggering 44 C with the humidity on a windy Tokyo Bay.
Katie Vincent of Mississauga, Ont., finished 8th with a time of 47.834 seconds.
“We push each other a lot, especially on the water,” said 25-year-old. “That teamwork goes a long way on a day like today. I’m disappointed I can’t be on the podium.
“But to see a Canadian flag rise today is a huge plus and something I think all Canadians in the paddling community will remember.”
A powerful canoeing force since 2010, Vincent-Lapointe had to wait for the sport’s international federation and the International Olympic Committee to make room for women to race at the Games.
She had won a combined six world titles in C-1 and C-2 500 metres by the time women’s canoe was added to Tokyo’s sporting docket in 2017, and went on to win five more by the end of 2018. She also topped the podium at the under-23 worlds in 2013 and in the C-1 5,000 metres at the worlds in 2018.
But then her life and career descended into a doping controversy.
After that “adverse analytical finding” two years ago, Vincent-Lapointe was subsequently suspended and missed the 2019 worlds, but battled for reinstatement.
The International Canoe Federation cleared her to compete in January 2020, accepting that Vincent-Lapointe was the victim of third-party contamination of a banned substance.
The ICU believed her assertion that a trace amount of ligandrol was transferred to her via her ex-boyfriend’s body fluids.
“I had the feeling I would make (the Olympics),” Vincent-Lapointe said. “In my head … I was like probably, ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ In my head I was trying to convince myself, ‘You’re going to be at the Games, you’re going to be at the Games.’
“I just clung to it, to that feeling. It was so relieving when I finally got my spot in. It was just like, ‘All right, I had the right to believe in myself that I would make it to the Games.’ But once I came here I was like, ‘All right, you made it to the Games, now do your best.”‘
And while COVID-19 was a devastating gut-punch to sports and society around the world, it gave Vincent-Lapointe an opportunity to get back in the groove.
Missing the 2019 worlds, however, meant she still had to qualify for Tokyo, and the global pandemic didn’t allow her to travel to North American qualifying events.
Vincent-Lapointe also lost to Vincent in the women’s C-1 200 metres at March’s national trials in Burnaby, B.C.
Canoe Kayak Canada declined to send paddlers to international World Cups this spring because of the pandemic, but ultimately awarded Vincent-Lapointe an Olympic quota spot following a performance review.
She didn’t disappoint.
“It’s so relieving and exciting,” Vincent-Lapointe said. “After all I went through, it’s just … the peak. I did it. I didn’t (win) gold, but I did the performance I wanted to do.
“I’m super proud of the race.”
Next up for Vincent-Lapointe and Vincent is the women’s C-2, where they are medal contenders, on Friday and Saturday.
In other Thursday races involving Canadians, kayakers Brian Malfesi of Maple Ridge, B.C., and Vincent Jourdenais of Ste-Basile-le-Grand, Que., were sixth in the ‘B’ final of the men’s K-2 1,000 metres, while Toronto’s Nicholas Matveev was sixth in the ‘B’ final of the men’s K-1 200 metres.
But the day — clearly — belonged to Vincent-Lapointe.
“Going through all I had to go through the last two years, if you’d ask me if I’d do it again, even knowing a silver medal comes at the end of this, I’m not sure I would say yes,” she stated in French. “It was extremely difficult.
“Everybody told me this week that with all I went through, I must be mentally the strongest here.”
Now she has a silver medal to prove it.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2021.
Andre De Grasse Canada 4x100m relay into final – TSN
Just 14 hours after racing to gold in the men’s 200 final, Andre De Grasse ran a sizzling anchor leg to put Canada’s 4×100 relay team into Friday’s final.
Jamaica had the fastest time on the morning of 37.82, while China ran 37.92 for second-place over Canada in a decision that was determined by thousandths of a second in a photo finish.
Aaron Brown, who was sixth in Wednesday’s 200 metres, ran the lead-off leg, followed by Jerome Blake and Brendon Rodney. Racing for the seventh time of these Games, De Grasse took the baton from Rodney in about fifth place, before churning down the homestretch to cross the line alongside China.
The 4×100 relay final will be run Friday morning at 9:50am/6:50am pt (Friday night in Tokyo).
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