UPDATE; Women's Rowing 8 wins Silver, on Day 6 in London
Day 6 in London
The Canadian women won the silver medal in the women's 8 rowing. The U.S. won gold; Netherlands, bronze.
Canada now has 2 silver and five bronze. The first silver came yesterday in men's eight rowing and the women's eight will try to match or beat that performance Thursday morning. The crew had the best time in Sunday's heats to move directly to the final along with the favoured Americans.
Michael Braithwaite of Duncan, B-C and Kevin Kowalyk of Winnipeg came up short in their bid for a high finish in lightweight double sculls. They were last in the B Final, which determines ranking seven-through-12.
Canada has completed one of two rowing semifinals that saw only the top three boats advance. But in the men's four, Canada was fifth in its semi, and Victoria rowers Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee were fourth in women's lightweight double sculls.
B-C swimmer Brent Hayden, fresh from his bronze medal in yesterday's 100-metre freestyle, was sixth in his 50-metre heat this morning, but still qualified for the semifinals. Martha McCabe will try to crack the podium in the women's 200-metre breaststroke final this afternoon. She was seventh-best in yesterday's semifinals.
One of the most talked about showdowns is between American's Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the mens 200-metre medley. That happens at 3:19 this afternoon.
Canada's third medal shot today is in Artistic Gymnastics. Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ontario is the lone Canadian to crack the list of 24 athletes in the women's individual all-round competition.
In judo, Amy Cotton of Antigonish, Nova Scotia has waited eight years for another shot at a medal. She made the quarter-finals in Athens in 2004, but sat out the Beijing Games with a broken foot. Cotton competes in the 78-kilo class.
Canada is assured of it's best-ever finish in women's badminton. Alexandra Bruce and Michelle Li (lee) take Japan in their doubles semifinal. The Canadians were reinstated after four doubles teams were kicked out for purposely trying to lose games to get a better draw. Bruce and Li then went out and won their quarter-final match.
The dressage position of equestrian begins today with the two-day Grand Prix event. Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, Ontario and David Marcus of Campbellville, Ontario compete today and Ashley Holzer of Toronto goes tomorrow. Canada is also entered in team dressage.
Medals will be won today in archery, shooting, fencing, canoe-kayak, cycling and table tennis, but no Canadians are entered
in those sports. In men's basketball, the U-S Dream Team is back in action and will no doubt improve to 3-and-0 after playing Nigeria.
(The Canadian Press)