Oleksiak shines on bright Sunday for Canada

Canada's Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley defeated the Netherlands in straight sets Sunday in preliminary Olympic beach volleyball action and 16-year-old swimmer Penny Oleksiak won Canada's second medal at the Rio Olympics on Day 2 of competition.

Top photos and highlights from the 2nd full day of Olympic competition

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Oleksiak's silver medal came a day after her bronze.

One of Team Canada's youngest competitors at these Olympic Games at 16-years-old, Penny Oleksiak finished behind Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom who broke her own world record to win the event. A day earlier, Oleksiak anchored the women's 4x100-metre freestyle relay to a bronze medal finish.

Women's rugby sevens in the medal hunt.

Ghislaine Landry and Kayla Moleschi celebrated Canada's 15-5 win over France in the quarter-finals of the women's rugby sevens tournament with a big hug (that's them below). The win came just hours after a shutout loss to Great Britain earlier in the day.

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The come-from-behind victory puts the Canadian side up against top-ranked Australia in the semis on Monday (1:30 p.m. ET) with the winner of that match going on to the gold medal game. The loser will play for bronze.

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Powerhouse U.S. gymnastics team debuted on Day 2.

The women's artistic gymnastics qualifiers continued on Day 2 of competition in Rio with Team USA coming out on top in all four events (vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise.) 

This is a shot of Simone Biles, who came in first in the all around competition, followed by Erika Fasana of Italy mid flight on the uneven bars.

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Sunday brought disappointment for Canada's diving duo.

Medal favourites heading into the Rio Olympics Canadian divers Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware finished fourth in the women's three-metre synchronized event on Sunday. In their final dive, the pair were out of sync but missed the podium by less a point.

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Serena Williams was not at her best in gusty conditions.

On the Olympic tennis court top-ranked American Serena Williams managed a win in her first round match despite frustrating conditions. 

Later in the day Serena and sister Venus Williams joined forces in the doubles tournament and, for the first time ever in the Olympics, lost. Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and Gabriela Dabrowski, as well as men's doubles duo Daniel Nestor and Victor Pospisil, both won their tournament openers.

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Eugene Wang is on a roll in table tennis.

Wang cruised into the third round of the Olympic table tennis tournament with a straight sets win over Turkey's Ahmet Li on Sunday. The 30-year-old right hander will face Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong on Monday at noon.

Day 2 of competition brought bad news for Canadian fencer Maximilien Van Haaster, who was eliminated from the men's individual foil event U.S. fencer Gerek Meinhardt.

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Pavan, Bansley made their mark on the beach.

Canada's Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley (top) defeated the Dutch duo of Jantine van der Vlist and Sophie van Gestelin in straight sets in Sunday's preliminary beach volleyball action.

Canada's Kristina Valjas and Jamie Lynn Broder also advanced on the beach after defeating the Italians Sunday night.

Indoors, the 12th ranked Canadian men's team upset the U.S. 3-0 to advance in the tournament.

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The Dutch road race win was overshadowed by a bad crash.

Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen won the gold medal in the women's cycling road race on Sunday but the event was overshadowed by a crash that left teammate Annemiek van Vleuten with fractured vertebrae.

The Dutch Cycling Federation reported that she was "conscious and OK" after being taken to hospital with back and head injuries. This is U.S. rider Mara Abbott, who finished in fourth behind bronze medal-winner Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Emma Johansson of Sweden, who won the silver medal.

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