Day 10 highlights from London
It was a heartbreaking loss for Canada's women on the soccer field at the London Games. They tied the United States 3-3 in regulation play in their semifinal, only to lose 4-3 in the final seconds of extra time. Captain Christine Sinclair scored all three goals for Canada. The Canadians will play France for the bronze medal on Thursday, while the U-S takes on Japan for the gold.
They weren't his best dives, but Alexandre Despatie has advanced to tomorrow's semifinals in the three-metre springboard. Despatie finished in ninth place after the six-dive preliminary round. He won silver in the last two Summer Olympics, but suffered a serious head injury while training in June. Fellow Quebecer Francois Imbeau-Dulac also moves on to the semis after placing 12th in today's dives.
Canada's synchronized swimming duo is nothing if not consistent. Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon and Elise Marcotte are heading to the final after placing fourth in today's free routine. They also finished fourth in yesterday's technical routine. They sit fourth overall as they prepare to swim
for a medal tomorrow.
Canada's only competitor in women's boxing is done after losing her opening bout. Welterweight Mary Spencer of Wiarton, Ontario was outscored 17-14 by a Chinese boxer in the four-round fight. Spencer is a former world champion who was hailed as a medal contender. She says she had no excuse for losing, saying her opponent was the better boxer today.
Edmonton's Tara Whitten will be cycling for a second medal at the Velodrome tomorrow. She's in fourth place after the first three events of the women's omnium. There are three more events tomorrow. Whitten was a member of the trio who won bronze in the team pursuit on Saturday.
Kayaker Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ontario, met expectations today as he easily advanced to Wednesday's final in
the K-1 one-thousand metres. And Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ontario, reached the C-1 one-thousand-metre canoe final.
Canadians put in respectable showings at the track today. Jessica Zelinka, Phylicia George and Nikkita Holder are heading to tomorrow's semifinals in the 100-metre hurdles. Geoff Harris advances to the semis in the men's 800-metres, also tomorrow. Hilary Stellingwerff and Nicole Sifuentes have advanced to the women's 15-hundred-metres semis on Wednesday.
There were no medals for Canada today. The country is now tied with the Netherlands in 11th place, each with 10 medals -- although
the Dutch have three gold to Canada's one. China sits atop the standings with 64 medals, including 31 gold. The United States has
63 medals, with 29 gold. Russia is third with 42 medals.