Its the final day of the London Games
The London Olympics wrap up today with athletes competing for a final 14 gold medals. There are no strong medal chances for Canada, which appears set to finish the Games with 18. That matches the count in Beijing four years ago, and it may still be enough to reach the goal of a top-12 finish.
The country entered the day 12th in terms of medals won, tied with Ukraine and one up on Hungary. Canada has 12 bronze, five silver and the lone gold won by Rosie MacLennan on the trampoline.
Official standings go by gold medals garnered, so Canada stands 35th. The United States has 44 gold among its 102 total medals.
Canada has three men running in the marathon. Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Eric Gillis of Antigonish, Nova Scotia and Dylan Wykes of Kingston are among more than 100 men in the race. They'll try to break Jerome Drayton's Canadian record of two-hours, 10-minutes, 8.4-seconds that has stood since 1975.
There are two British Columbians in the men's mountain bike cross-country race. Thirty-five year old Geoff Kabush of Courteney, and 27-year-old Max Plaxton of Victoria are in a field of 50 in the event.
There were few shining moments for Canada yesterday. Halifax kayaker Mark de Jonge won the country's 18th medal, a bronze. And for a time, it appeared the men's team in the 4-by-100-metre relay had won the 19th by placing third. But Jared Connaughton stepped on a lane marker and the team was disqualified.
The 2012 version of the American Dream team plays Spain for basketball gold today. Jose Calderon of the Toronto Raptors is
playing for Spain, while the U-S team includes the likes of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Argentina and Russia are playing in the bronze-medal game.
(The Canadian Press)