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Olympics2012Olympics Hot Sheet: Medals of every colour

Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012 | 04:37 PM

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Canadian gold medallist Rosannagh MacLennan, centre, waves to the crowd after accepting her gold medal in women's trampoline in London on Saturday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Canadian gold medallist Rosannagh MacLennan, centre, waves to the crowd after accepting her gold medal in women's trampoline in London on Saturday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Canadian athletes put on a show for fans on Day 8 of the London Olympics, picking up three medals (including the country's first gold) and showing plenty of heart along the way.
A guide to what happened on Saturday and what to look for on Sunday at the Olympic Games in London:

It was an up and down day for Canadian Olympians - literally, in the case of Rosannagh MacLennan of King City, Ont., and Stouffville, Ont.'s Karen Cockburn, medal hopefuls in the women's trampoline event.

MacLennan came through with a golden performance for her first Olympic medal.

Cockburn failed to pick up her fourth Olympic medal, missing the podium, despite the fact that the defending world champion from China, We Hanna, stumbled at the end of her routine but managed to snatch the bronze.

It didn't stop the fourth-place Cockburn from tweeting how proud she was of her teammate, as well as her disbelief in drug-testing procedures.

Triathlon tears

On a less joyful note, Edmonton's Paula Findlay sobbed out an apology to Canada after she placed 52nd in the women's triathlon. As our collection of tweets from fellow athletes illustrate, no apology was necessary from Findlay, who managed to finish the race despite being injured.

Pursuing bronze

Canadian cyclists Tara Whitten of Edmonton, Jasmin Glaesser of Coquitlam, B.C.,  and Gillian Carleton of Victoria, B.C., rode to a bronze medal in the women's team pursuit, beating out a strong Australian team to earn Canada's ninth medal of the Games.

Swimming to silver

It took a career best swim, but Victoria, B.C.'s Ryan Cochrane came through with that personal best he needed to grab a silver medal finish in the men's 1,500-metre freestyle, seeing Canada finish the day with a total of 10 medals (one gold, three silver and six bronze).

Heptathlon hopefuls

Jessica Zelinka of Calgary and Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Sask. finished up competition in the women's heptathlon with top 10 finishes. The 30-year-old Zelinka placed seventh in what may well be her final Olympics, while the 23-year-old Thiesen was 10th.

Qualifying Canadians

Saturday also marked a record for one of Canada's equestrian team members. Ian Millar of Perth, Ont., started qualifying in his 10th Olympic appearance, a record for any athlete. Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., was also in action but the equestrian events are far from over.

Qualifying in the team and individual jumping events continues on Sunday.

Divers Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel both made it through the semis of the women's 3-metre springboard, with the final to take place on Sunday afternoon.

Key events on Sunday, Day 9:

  • The Canadian women's basketball team finishes its group stage matches against Australia. Canada has already cemented a berth in the quarter-finals.
  • Heymans and Abel look for another medal in the individual women's 3-metre springboard diving event.
  • Canada's equestrian team is in action, including Millar and Lamaze, with individual and team jumping events on tap starting at 6 a.m. ET
  • Synchronized swimming begins, with Canadian pair Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., and Jo-Annie Fortin of Montreal looking to qualify in the duet event.
  • The men's 100-metre sprint semis start at 2:45 p.m. ET, with the finals just over two hours later. Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are expected to battle for gold, with Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin of the U.S. looking to hit the podium.

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