Canadian relay team has shot at swim medal
Hayden, Wilkinson also look to make a splash in Beijing
All eyes will be on Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden and the men's 4x200-metre freestyle relay team as they attempt to win gold medals Wednesday at the Beijing Games.
Also going for gold on Day 5 of the Summer Olympics will be Julia Wilkinson in the 200-metre individual medley.
The Canadian relay team advanced to the final after posting the fifth-fastest qualifying time on Tuesday.
Brian Johns of Richmond, B.C., Victoria's Rick Say, Trenton, Ont., native Adam Sioui and Andrew Hurd of Oakville, Ont., finished third in the first heat of their relay heat with a Canadian-record time of 7:08.04.
The team figures to be even stronger for the final as Hayden and lead swimmer Colin Russell replace Say and Sioui.
That sets up a busy Wednesday for Hayden, from Mission, B.C., who will swim in the semis of the men's 100-metre freestyle before rejoining the team for the final of the 4x200 free relay roughly one hour later.
Hayden, the co-world champion in the men's 100 free, won his qualifying heat in 47.84 seconds.
Hayden was happy with his performance, but knows he'll have to post better times if he hopes to win a medal in his specialty event.
"I'm pleased with the time," he told CBC Sports following his heat. "There was some parts of it that didn't go so well. Coming out of the turn, I got a whole load of water as I was trying to breathe, but I got my head in there and my hand on the wall."
Wilkinson competes in 200 IM final
Wilkinson, from Stratford, Ont., tied for fifth in the semifinals of the women's 200 IM on Tuesday. Her Canadian record time of 2:12.03 put her 2.5 seconds behind leader Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe.
Two other Canadian swimmers will also be looking to take another step towards reaching the medal podium.
Competing in semifinals Wednesday will be Mike Brown of Perth, Ont., in the men's 200 breaststroke, and Montreal's Audrey Lacroix, in the women's 200 butterfly.