Olympic update: Mason moves on to high jump final

Mike Mason qualified for the Olympic high jump final in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

Mike Mason qualified for the Olympic high jump final in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Nanoose Bay native, a member of Abbotsford’s Valley Royals track and field club, needed to clear 2.26 metres to move on.

Mason missed his first two tries at the height, but made it safely over on his third and final attempt. The final is Tuesday, Aug. 7 (11 a.m. PST, CTV).

CANADIAN HOOPSTERS FALL TO AUSSIES

The Canadian women’s basketball team, starring Mission natives Kim Smith and Teresa Gabriele, will face the top-ranked Americans in the Olympic quarter-finals.

Canada could have avoided the U.S. by beating No. 2-ranked Australia in their final preliminary-round game, but they fell 72-63 to the Aussies on Sunday.

Smith has been outstanding all tournament long for Canada, and she had another terrific outing, scoring 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. But she was the only Canadian in double figures – Gabriele and Shona Thorburn, with nine points apiece, were the next-highest scorers.

Canada finished the round robin with a 2-3 record, qualifying for the medal round for the first time.