Two days after winning gold in the men's 100-metre dash at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, Percy Williams was looking to sweep the men’s sprint events by winning the 200 race.
With such a short time span between the two disciplines, fatigue may have been an issue with the 200 final being his eighth race in four days.
But the Vancouver native showed no signs of being tired. If anything, the opposite was true.
Williams took the lead with about 50 metres remaining and pulled away from his competitors to win by nearly a metre. He is still the only Canadian to sweep the sprint events at a single Olympics.
Sixty-four years later to the day on Aug. 1, 1992 Canadians were attempting to win their first-ever gold medals in women's rowing. The quest began with the coxless fours on Lake Banyoles in Spain.
The team of Kristen Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe and Kay Worthington set the pace to take an early lead. Despite challenges from Germany and the United States, the Canadians hung on to win by just over one second.
Less than an hour later the duo of Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle stood a good chance to make it consecutive gold medals for Canada.
McBean and Heddle demonstrated why they were the favourites in the coxless pairs, taking a full boat length lead by the halfway point of the race. The defending world champions held their lead to win the gold medal and cap a golden day at the Barcelona Olympics.