Canada's 6th medal, good day for Japan on the highlights from a rainy Wednesday in Rio

Kohei Uchimura earned his second straight Olympic gold medal, defending his title as the "king" of men's gymnastics on Wednesday. Then, in the pool, it was another special night as Penny Oleksiak anchored Team Canada to a bronze medal.
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Kohei Uchimura defended his gymnastics title.

Uchimura was the overwhelming favourite heading into Rio to back up the all-around gold medal he won in London four years ago and, on Wednesday night, he delivered. 

It was no blow out, though. The superstar gymnast from Japan edged Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev by less than a tenth of a point to capture his second straight Olympic gold. Japan also won the team event on Monday.

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Japan upset France in a dramatic rugby match.

The Japanese men's rugby team, including Lomano Lemeki, celebrating with a prayer, advanced passed Kenya and France in rainy semi and quarterfinal matches Wednesday. They will face Fiji on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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Penny Oleksiak anchored Canada to bronze in a relay, again.

The 16-year old once again anchored a Canadian relay team to an Olympic medal, this time it was the 4x200-metre freestyle. Here's Taylor Ruck, Brittany MacLean and Katerine Savard celebrating poolside Wednesday night. Its the country's first-ever Olympic medal in the event.

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Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau had a 2-lift total of 228 kg.

The 27-year-old from Candiac, Que., placed eighth in the women's 69-kilogram event on Wednesday behind lifters from China, Kazakhstan and Egypt, who claimed the gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively.

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Canada squeaked by Senegal to a spot in the quarterfinals.

Canada's women's basketball team overcame a sluggish performance to beat Senegal 68-58, clinching a spot in the quarterfinals and winning three games for the first time in Olympic history. Here's Senegalese forward Aya Traore giving Tamara Tatham little room to maneuver during their Group B match Wednesday.

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Phelps, Lochte left the field in their wakes in the 200-m IM heats. 

U.S. swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte led the field in the men's 200-metre individual medley heats early Wednesday.

Canadian Santo Condorelli went for it on Wednesday night, getting off to a blistering start in the men's 100-metre freestyle, but missed the podium by a mere 3/100ths of a second.

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Zupancic's Olympic medal dreams were quashed by a narrow margin.

Canadian judoka Kelita Zupancic lost a repechage bout after coming one second away from completing a 15-second pin that would have defeated Austria's Bernadette Graf Wednesday. Zupancic could only immobilize her opponent for 14 seconds and walked off the mat in disbelief.


Canadian archer Crispin Duenas out in the rain.

High school physics teacher/Olympic archer Crispin Duenas was knocked out of competition on Wednesday in the round of 16 by American Zach Garrett. Here he is Duenas before the rain set in.

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Swiss rider Cancellara won the cycling time trials.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome took the bronze medal, the same position he finished in four years ago in London, behind Dutchman Tom Dumoulin. 

Canadian Tara Whitten placed seventh in the women's time trial behind three-time Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong of the U.S. Armstrong also happens to be the oldest rider in the race at 42 (her 43rd birthday is on Thursday.)

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Norway beat Angola in a handball prelim.

This is Norway's Veronica Kristiansen making a leaping shot during a group stage match on Wednesday.

Fun fact: Handball, along with basketball, boxing and indoor volleyball runs the entire 16-day duration of the Games.

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