UPDATE: Day 5 in London
Day 5 in London has been another rewarding day for Canadian athletes, with a silver and bronze being added to the medal count.
It's a silver medal for Canada in rowing`s marquee event - the men`s eight. The 2008 Olympic winners finished just behind
powerhouse Germany and just ahead of Britain. Only three members in the Canadian boat were part of the gold-medal winning team in Beijing. The medal is Canada's fifth, to go with four bronze.
BC rowers David Calder and Scott Frandsen earned a ticket to Friday's final in men's pairs. They were third in their semifinal
heat. No Canadians were in Wednesday's other rowing finals - the women's pairs, won by Britain, and women's quad sculls, won by Ukraine.
Brent Hayden from Mission, B.C., won bronze in the 100-metre freestyle race. This is his first Olympic medal.
The women's team finished 4th in the 4-by-200 freestyle medley.
Martha McCabe qualified for Thursday's final in the women's 200-metre breaststroke. Julia Wilkinson didn't make it past the semifinal of the women's 100-metre freestyle. And Tobias Oriwol didn't qualify for Thursday's final in the men's 200-metre backstroke.
Shona Thorburn nailed 17 points for Canada in a losing cause as the women's basketball team fell 64-60 to France. Canada slips to 1-and-2 with two more pool games Friday and Sunday before the knockout rounds. France is 3-and-0 and through to the quarter-finals.
Clara Hughes has wrapped up her stellar Olympic career with a fifth-place finish in the women`s time trial. The Quebec cyclist had two chances to win a record seventh medal by a Canadian, but was 32nd in the road race on Sunday. Denise Ramsden of Yellowknife was 19th.
Canada also had a familiar name in the men`s time trial. Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria - who won the Giro d'Italia race this summer - was 28th out of 37 riders. The gold went to Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins of Britain and world champion Tony Martin of Germany took the silver.
Montreal diver Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross of Regina came in sixth out of eight pairs in men synchronized
three-metre springboard. The Chinese favourites won the gold medal ahead of Russia and the United States. Despatie`s next event is the three-metre springboard preliminaries on Monday.
JUDO & ARCHERY
Both Canadians in Wednesday's judo competition came up short in their quest for medals. Alexandre Emond of Montreal and Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, Ontario could not advance through their respective weight divisions. In archery, Marie-Pier Beaudet of Levis, Quebec was eliminated in the round of 16 after falling to a Danish opponent.
Indonesian Olympic team leader Erick Thohir says eight female badminton players have been disqualified from the Olympics
doubles competition for unsporting conduct after trying to lose matches in order to receive a more favourable placing in the
playoffs. Thohir tells The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Indonesian team will appeal.
The Badminton World Federation investigated two teams from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia. It accused them of “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport” in matches Tuesday night.
(Photos courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee)
(The Canadian Press)