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How Canada's athletes fared Friday in Rio

Canada won three bronze medals on Friday, but it could have been as few as two or as many as four depending on how certain post-race reviews panned out. Here's how Canadian athletes performed throughout Brazil on Friday.

Canada took home three medals on an eventful, and controversial day

The Canadian women's soccer team won its second straight bronze medal on Friday. (Nelson Antoine/Associated Press)

It's not over until the disqualifications — and then the appeals — have been made.

Canada won three bronze medals on Friday, but it could have been as few as two or as many as four depending on how certain post-race reviews panned out.

Here's how Canadian athletes performed throughout Brazil on Friday.

Race walk flip-flop 

Men's 50-kilometre race walk — Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C., finished fourth in three hours, 41 minutes and 38 seconds, and was awarded the bronze medal when the third-place competitor from Japan was disqualified. Hirooki Arai won an appeal and Dunfee was relegated to fourth — 0.14 seconds from a spot on the podium; Mathieu Bilodeau, Calgary, did not finish.

Lamaze comes through

Individual jumping — Eric Lamaze, Schomberg, Ont., aboard Fine Lady 5, was flawless in the opening and second rounds, but incurred four faults in the jump-off and later won the bronze medal on the basis of a better time; Tiffany Foster, North Vancouver, B.C. (Tripple X III), had four faults in the first round and finished tied for 16th; Yann Candele, Caledon, Ont. (First Choice 15), incurred 12 to place in a tie for 32nd — neither advanced to the second round.

Back-to-back bronze in soccer

Women — Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C., scored what proved to be the deciding goal in the 52nd minute as Canada captured their second bronze medal in as many Games with a 2-1 win over host Brazil.

Karma in the relay?

Men's 4x100 relay — Canada (Akeem Haynes, Calgary; Aaron Brown, Toronto; Brendon Rodney, Brampton, Ont.; and Andre De Grasse, Markham, Ont., replacing Mobolade Ajomale, Richmond Hill, Ont., who ran in the qualifier) were fourth in the race in 37.64 — a new Canadian record — and advanced into the bronze medal position after the third-place was disqualified. Canada thought it had bronze in this event in 2012 but was disqualified after accidentally stepping on the line.


Women's 4x100 relay — Canada (Farah Jacques, Gatineau, Que.; Crystal Emmanuel, Toronto; Phylicia George, Markham, Ont.; and Khamica Bingham, Brampton, Ont.) finished seventh in the final (43.15).

Women's 4x400 relay — Canada (Carline Muir, Edmonton; Alicia Brown, Ottawa; Noelle Montcalm, Belle River, Ont.; and Sage Watson, Medicine Hat, Alta.) had the fifth-fastest time in the qualifying round — a season-best 3:24.94 — to earn a berth in Saturday's final.

Women's pole vault — Kelsie Ahbe, Toronto, posted a best mark of 4.50 metres to finish 12th in the final.

Canoe/kayak (sprint)

Men's K1 200 — Mark de Jonge, Halifax, placed seventh in qualifying (34.898), then was eighth in the semifinal round (34.755). He will race for a medal on Saturday morning.

Women's K4 500 — Canada (Emilie Fournel, Lachine, Que.; Kathleen "KC" Fraser, Oakville, Ont.; Andreanne Langlois, Quebec City; and Genevieve Orton, Lake Echo, N.S.) were eighth overall in qualification (1:34.269) and tied for fourth in the semifinals (1:36.254) to earn a berth in Saturday's final.

Cycling (BMX)

Men — Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, B.C., was fourth in his semifinal group (sixth, 36.714; third, 36.025; third, 35.640), and finished fifth in the medal race (35.674).


Men's 10-metre platform — Vincent Riendeau, Pointe-Claire, Que., placed 14th in the preliminary round with 419.50 points and advanced to Saturday's semifinal round; Maxim Bouchard, Saint-Constant, Que., was 19th (398.15) and qualified as a reserve for the semifinals.


Women — Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a four-over-par 75 and is tied for eighth (209) — seven shots behind the leader — heading into the fourth and final round; Alena Sharp, Hamilton, also had a 75 and is tied for 34th (216).

Modern pentathlon

Women's event

Swimming — Melanie McCann, Mount Carmel, Ont., posted a time of 2:20.81 for 278 points; Donna Vakalis, Toronto, earned 274 (2:22.12).

Fencing (ranking plus bonus round) — McCann compiled 240 points; Vakalis had 233.

Riding — McCann tied for first to earn 300 points in the show jumping element; Vakalis was eliminated and received no points.

Combined running and shooting — Vakalis placed 31st in 13:36.19; McCann was 32nd (13:42.43).

Overall — McCann ended the competition in 16th place with 1,296 points; Vakalis finished 33rd (991).


Women's -67 kilogram class — Melissa Pagnotta, Toronto, lost in the round-of-16 to Hyeri Oh of South Korea, 9-3.

By The Canadian Press


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