The Canadian men’s water polo team will not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Canada lost 17-9 to Russia in quarter-final action at an Olympic qualifying tournament in the Netherlands on Friday.
The win allows Russia to advance to play Greece in Saturday’s semifinals, while Canada must settle for a placement game against France.
Only the top three teams at the event will earn spots in Tokyo.
WATCH | Russia eliminates Canada with a 17-9 victory in quarter-finals:
From the get-go, Russia seemed poised to take an easy victory, going up 8-3 with 4:23 remaining in second. But, Canada answered back with two goals from Nicolas Constantin-Bicari and Jérémie Côté to narrow the lead heading into the final half.
In the third, Canada looked set to make a comeback thanks to an early goal from Aleksa Gardijan to make it 8-6.
Unable to make another push, Canada would score only one more in the final eight minutes, while Russia went on a tear.
The loss was Canada’s fourth straight of the tournament, dropping its record to 1-4.
Canada has not qualified a men’s water polo team for the Olympics since 2008.