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Olympics2012Olympic Hot Sheet: Canadian medals keep coming

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 04:47 PM

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Kayaker Adam van Koeverden won the first of three medals by Canadian athletes on Day 12. (Sean Kilpatrick/Associated Press) Kayaker Adam van Koeverden won the first of three medals by Canadian athletes on Day 12. (Sean Kilpatrick/Associated Press)

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A guide to what happened Wednesday, and what to look for Thursday, at the Olympic Games in London, where Canada landed three more medals to raise its total to 14 and doesn't look to be done.
A guide to what happened Wednesday, and what to look for Thursday, at the Olympic Games in London.

Another good day for Canada

Maintaining the good vibes created by Derek Drouin's surprise high jump bronze late in Day 11, three Canadians reached the podium on Day 12. Adam van Koeverden got the day cracking with a bright-and-early silver in the men's kayak singles 1,000-metre race, and minutes later his Burloak Canoe Club training mate Mark Oldershaw snagged a bronze in the canoe singles 1,000m event.

Van Koeverden's silver is the fourth Olympic medal of his stellar career, while Oldershaw completed his family's epic 64-year quest for a podium. His grandfather, father and two uncles competed in Olympic canoe regattas dating back to 1948.

Later, wrestler Carol Huynh repeated as a medallist in the women's 48-kilo division, taking bronze to go with her gold from Beijing. Martine Dugrenier nearly added another medal to Canada's count, but she lost a bronze bout at 63 kg for the second straight Olympics.

Canada now has 14 medals in London (our prediction for the final total was 15) and with four days of competition left the team likely isn't done.

Another wrestling medal could arrive Thursday from Tonya Verbeek, who's going for her third consecutive Olympic podium at 55 kg and took silver at last year's world championships. Plus, the women's soccer team plays in the bronze-medal match on Thursday (more on that later), and decathlete Damian Warner unexpectedly stands in third pace heading into the final day. The medals in that event will be decided over the final five disciplines on Thursday, with the closing 1,500m race going at 4:20 p.m. ET.

And don't forget that women's mountain bike favourite Catharine Pendrel looms as a gold hopeful on Saturday.

No suspensions for Canadian soccer team

The Canadian women's soccer team will go into Thursday's bronze-medal match against France (8 a.m. ET) without any suspensions after FIFA said it's delaying a decision until after the Olympics on potential disciplinary action for Canada's remarks about the refereeing in its semifinal loss to the U.S.

CBCSports.ca soccer contributor Ben Rycroft reported Tuesday that suspensions are unlikely anyway for the likes of star forward Christine Sinclair and other Canadian players who ripped the ref for her pivotal (and controversial) call on keeper Erin McLeod for holding the ball too long.

Bolt, Blake back in final

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake both won their men's 200m semifinal heats to set up another highly anticipated showdown between the Jamaican rivals in Thursday's final at 3:55 p.m. ET.

Fresh off defending his 100m gold medal in Olympic-record time, Bolt will try to repeat as the 200 champ. No one has ever pulled off the 100-200 double at consecutive Olympics (Carl Lewis went 3-for-4 in 1984 and '88) and Bolt will face stiff competition from countryman Blake, who nipped Bolt to win the 200 at the Jamaican trials (their times in that race are the two fastest in the world this year) and took silver behind him in Sunday's Olympic 100.

Felix gets her gold

American sprinter Allyson Felix won the first individual Olympic gold of her stellar career with a dominating victory in the women's 200-metre final. Felix won a 4x400 relay gold in Beijing, and owns three world titles.

Looking ahead...

Other stuff to watch on Thursday:

  • The first-ever Olympic gold medals in women's boxing will be awarded following the championship bouts in all three weight classes
  • The semis and final of the women's individual 10m diving event go at 5 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET, respectively. Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion, bronze medallists in the synchro competition earlier in the Games, struggled in Wednesday's prelims. Benfeito was 10th, Filion 17th.

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