Canadian women continue to dominate the medal haul at the Rio Olympic Games.
Hilary Caldwell added to Canada’s total in the pool Friday evening, taking the bronze in the women’s 200-metre backstroke. She finished in a time of two minutes 7.89 seconds to give Canada its sixth swimming medal in Rio.
Earlier Friday, Canada’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony and reigning gold medalist, Rosie MacLennan, successfully defended her gold medal in trampoline. The King City, Ont. native won gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She was the only Canadian to win gold four years ago.
Also on Friday morning, the rowing team of Patricia Obee and Lindsey Jennerich won a silver medal in the women’s lightweight double sculls event.
Sixteen-year-old Penny Oleksiak has a chance for an unprecedented fifth medal Saturday night. She and her Canadian teammates won their heat Friday afternoon in the 4×100-metre medley relay.
Canada’s women’s soccer team is moving onto the semis following a 1 nil win over France. Sophie Schmidt scored the winning goal. Canada now faces Germany on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Edmonton time, with a chance to advance to the gold medal game.
Graham DeLaet couldn’t improve on his first round -5 (66) in the second round, shooting an even par (71). He sits five shots back of leader Marcus Fraser heading into the third round on Saturday. David Hearn is well back of the lead at +1.
Canada’s women’s basketball team didn’t fare so well in its biggest test of the tournament so far. Canada fell to the United States, 81-51. Both teams entered the game tied atop Group B with 3-0 records. Canada is now 3-1 in group play. They next face Spain on Sunday.
In tennis, Canada’s men’s doubles team of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil lost to the U.S. in straight sets in the bronze medal game. This will likely be Nestor’s last Olympics.
In athletics, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the world’s number one ranked heptathlete, is sixth after Day 1 of the heptathlon.
Canada now has 10 total medals, two gold, two silver and six bronze. (bw/kb/rk)