Day 15 Highlights

It was an early but exciting morning for Canada at Eton Dorney as Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS, won a bronze for Canada in the men’s K-1 200m final bringing, the total team medal count to 18 – evening the number of medals Canadians won at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Meanwhile, Hugues Fournel, of Dorval QC and Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, NS paddled to 7th place in the K-200m A final. “We gained a lot of experience,” said Founel. “I am so happy and proud of Mark de Jonge.” Also at Eton Dorney, Jason McCoombs, of Dartmouth, NS raced the C-1 200m final, finishing seventh in 44.973.

Arjan Bhullar, of Richmond, BC made his Olympic debut in the 120kg heavyweight freestyle wrestling competition, losing his morning match to Komeil Ghasemi of Iran.

Mountain Biking
On the Olympic trails at Hadleigh Farm, Olympic veteran Catherine Pendrel of Harvey Station, NB, finished 9th. Hoping to do better, she looks to the future. “Today just didn’t happen,” said Pendrel, “Maybe in Rio.” Also on the mountain was Emily Batty of Brooklin, ON who broke her collarbone in a training session just four days before the event. “To be dealt the cards I was given…was definitely a challenge,” said Batty. “I’ve trained two years for this day… I’m feeling like my heart is broken.” She finished 24th in the final.

Quebec City’s Francois Coulombe-Fortier made his Olympic debut on the Taekwondo mats this morning in the +80kg category, dropping his quarter-final fight with Daba Modibo 11-6.

On Saturday night, two-time  Olympian Riley McCormick of Victoria, BC, 20, was Canada’s last competitor of the day, diving from the 10m individual platform. McCormick finished in 11th place, jumping up 5 spots from Beijing with a score of 493.35.