The Canadian men’s 4×100 metre relay team crossed the finish line fourth Friday night in Rio but still wound up with the bronze medal.
The United States was disqualified for an illegal baton pass, bumping Canada up to the podium. Jamaica took gold with Japan getting silver.
Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, and Andre De Grasse ran for Canada, setting a new national record in the process.
Four years ago in London, the Canadian relay team thought it had won a medal but was disqualified for a lane violation.
It was one of three bronze medals for Canada on Friday.
The women’s soccer team beat Brazil 2-1 in the bronze medal match. Christine Sinclair and Deanne Rose scored the goals for Canada. The women also won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Games.
Canadian rider Eric Lamaze captured bronze in equestrian individual show jumping. Lamaze was the gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Canada now has 21 medals in Rio (four gold, three silver, 14 bronze).
Things got interesting with the men’s 50km race walk. Canada’s Evan Dunfee went from fourth, to third then back to fourth. Japan’s Hirooki Arai originally finished third but was later disqualified for coming into contact with Dunfee. Then, Arai appealed the appeal and was given back the bronze medal he originally won.
Brooke Henderson had rough day on the golf course shooting a +4 (75). She sits seven shots back of leader Inbee Park heading into Saturday’s final round.
Tory Nyhaug finished 5th in the cycling BMX final. Nyhaug was less than two 10ths of a second from winning bronze. (jrw/bw)