A pair of medals Thursday boosted Canada’s medal count to 16 on the 13th day of the London Games. On the soccer pitch at Coventry Stadium the women’s team put together a historic performance to edge France 1-0 and collect the country’s first team medal at the Summer Games since 1936. Hours later at ExCel, Beamsville, ON’s Tonya Verbeek collected a silver medal in the 55kg class in the women’s freestyle Wrestling event after losing to Saori Yoshida of Japan to earn her third career Olympic medal.
In the men’s decathlon Thursday, Damian Warner (London, ON) had a solid second day of the two-day competition to compile 8442 points, good enough for a personal best and fifth spot. In the women’s 800m semifinal Jessica Smith (North Vancouver, BC) ran to a 2:01.90 and finished 22nd overall. In the women’s Javelin final Elizabeth Gleadle (Vancouver, BC) threw to a distance of 58.78 to earn 12th place in her Olympic debut.
After the team technical performance at the Aquatics Centre, the synchro group sits in fourth place and will look to deliver in the final free routine at 10 a.m. “We felt pretty well in the water today,” said Élise Marcotte. “The spectators really enjoy our routine. We will fight up to the end and do a great show for the public tomorrow.”
The Canadian rhythmic gymnastics team sits in 12th spot after the first rotation of the qualification. Katrina Cameron (Mississauga, ON), Alexandra Landry (Ajax, ON), Kelsey Titmarsh (Thornhill, ON) and Rose Cossar, Anastasiya Muntyanu and Anjelika Reznik, all from Toronto, have accumulated 24.050 points. They will continue Friday in the second rotation in the last round of qualification.
At Eton Dorney Thursday, Emilie Fournel (Dorval, QC) finished in sixth spot in the B final of the women’s K-1 5oom. “I just kept saying to myself that Canadian paddlers are made of hearts, guts, and muscle,” said Fournel. “Especially after watching Adam and Mark race yesterday. I went out hard but could not hold the pace at the end … Now it’s time to hit the reset button and prepare for tomorrow. Fournel will race again in K-1 200m heats at 5:19 EST.
Thursday night at the Aquatics Centre, the bronze medal winning duo from last week’s synchro platform event, Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal, QC, and Roseline Filion of Laval, QC, competed individually in the 10m platform final. Filion finished in 10th, while Benfeito finished just behind in 11th place.
Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, BC has finished fifth in his quarterfinal heat to finish with 20 points, just one point behind the fourth and last qualifier. “I’m really proud of myself,” he said. “I fought the whole day. It just didn’t work out.