Tuesday Olympic action re-cap
U-S swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in
history. His 19th career medal is gold as he swam the anchor leg in
an easy victory for the United States in the men's 4-by-200
freestyle relay. France was more than three seconds behind. Fifteen
of Phelps' 19 medals are gold. Earlier, he won a silver in the men's
200-metre butterfly, losing to Chad le Clos of South Africa.
Three Canadians had a shot to move on to swimming finals and one
of them managed to advance. Brent Hayden of Mission, B-C placed
fourth in his semifinal heat, good enough to reach tomorrow's final
in the men's 100-metre freestyle. But Scott Dickens of Burlington,
Ontario did not make the final in the 200-breaststroke. Nor did
Audrey Lacroix in the women's 200-butterfly.
Three bronze medals in the span of about an hour and a half
highlighted Canada's best day so far at the London Games. Roseline
Filion of Laval, Quebec, and Meaghan
Benfeito got it started, placing third in
the women's 10-metre synchronized diving event. They say fellow
Canadian divers Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel inspired
them, with their bronze on Sunday.
About 30 minutes after the diving bronze, Canada had its first
multi-medal day with a third place finish in men's judo. Antoine
Valois-Fortier reached the podium in the men's
81-kilogram competition. Then, an hour later, Christine Girard
became the first-ever Canadian female weightlifting
medallist, winning bronze in the 63-kilogram division.
It was a tennis match to remember for Canada's Milos Raonic
but it might be one that leaves a bitter
taste in his mouth. He was eliminated in men's singles after losing
in three sets to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of
France. After splitting the first two sets, the two combined to post
a record for the longest set in Olympic tennis history as Tsonga
broke Raonic's serve in the final game to win 25-23.