Day 4 in London
Weightlifter Christine Girard has captured bronze in the women's 63-kilogram class. It's Canada's third bronze of the day and fourth of the Games. Girard, who grew up in Rouyn-Noranda, Que., and lives in White Rock, B.C., completed the hat trick an hour later. She finished third with a total weight of 236 kilograms. Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan won gold while Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia captured silver. Maneza was second after lifting 110 kilograms in the snatch but rose to first place by taking 135 kilograms in her first clean and jerk for a total weight of 245 kilograms, an Olympic record.
Antoine Valois-Fortier has won Canada's third bronze medal at the London Olympics. The 22-year-old from Quebec City defeated American Travis Stevens 1-0 in the men's 81-kilogram judo event. It's Canada's first judo medal since Nicholas Gill won silver in 2000. Gill is Valois-Fortier's coach in London. Valois-Fortier was 4-and-1 in his early matches.
Canada picked up its second medal in London - another bronze in synchro-diving. Quebecers Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito were third in the 10-metre event behind China and Mexico. Their performance matches the bronze medal showing earlier in the Games by Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel in three-metre synchro.
Canada's women's soccer team has booked a berth in the quarter-finals, after playing Sweden to a two-all draw. Melissa Tancredi scored both goal as Canada wrapped up the round robin with a win, loss and a draw.
Canadian Milos Raonic has been eliminated from the London Games after dropping a marathon three-set decision to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. Tsonga broke Raonic's serve in the final game for a 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 victory. The players shook hands and hugged at the net afterwards before Tsonga celebrated by dancing around the court and pulling at his shirt collar with joy. The players were on serve early in the third set when a rain delay halted play for almost three hours. They held serve upon returning to the court until Tsonga finally broke Raonic for the win.
In men's doubles, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Vancouver's Vasek lost 4-6, 5-7, 11-9 to Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic in second round play.
Earlier, Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., was eliminated from women's singles competition after dropping a 6-1, 6-3 decision to Venus Williams.
In women's gymnastics, the Americans lived up to the hype, winning their first Olympic gold medal in the sport since 1996 on their home turf of Atlanta. Their score of 183.596 was a whopping five points ahead of Russia. Romania won the bronze medal and Canada finished fifth.
Three Canadian swimmers will be on the blocks in the afternoon semifinals. Leading the charge is Brent Hayden of Mission, B-C, who clocked the fifth-best time in the 100-metre freestyle heats. Scott Dickens advanced in the 200-metre breaststroke and Audrey Lacroix made it through in the women's 200-metre butterfly. Teammate Katerine Savard did not advance.
In non-Canadian news, U.S. star Michael Phelps won two medals on Tuesday in the 200-metre butterfly and the men's 4-by-200 metre freestyle relay. That brings his total medal count to 19, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Only one of three Canadian boats in rowing made it to the next round. Victoria's Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee were second in a double sculls repechage and move forward. But Douglas Vandor and Morgan Jarvis in lightweight double sculls and Michael Braithwaite and Kevin Kowalyk in double sculls did not advance.
More beach volleyball prelims Tuesday in the women's bracket. The 0-and-1 team of Marie-Andree Lessard of Lasalle, Quebec and Annie Martin of neighbouring Lachine face the Russians in their second match. The 1-and-1 Canadian men have the day off.
Equestrian presents jumping in the third and final stage of individual and team eventing. Canada is without Hawley Bennett-Awad, who was injured Monday in a bad fall. In team eventing, Canada is 11th out of 13 nations.
(The Canadian Press)
Canada Picks Up Three More Medals