A mixed bag of results for Canadian Olympians at London 2012
LONDON, ENGLAND As will likely be the case on most days throughout these 2012 Olympic Games, Saturday was a good news, bad news kind of day for Canada.
In the absence of a medal, the best news arguably came from the soccer pitch in Coventry, where Ancaster Melissa Tancredi scored for the secon michael kors outlet d straight game, this t michael kors outlet ime in a victory, 3 0 over South Africa.
Tancredi scored what proved to be the winner in the seventh minute before captain and star player Christine Sinclair, of British Columbia, scored the final two. ET) in Newcastle, where a win would definitely advance them to the quarterfinals, a tie likely also to do so, and even perhaps a narrow loss.
Of note, Ajax Candace Chapman, who left with an apparent calf injury after Canada 2 1 loss to Japan in the opener, did not play in Saturday game.
Canada other female team, in basketball, was on the verge of a major upset against Russia but coughed up a 10 point lead in the final six minutes and lost 58 53.
The most shocking news of the day for Canada came in rowing, where the medal favoured men eights team finished fourth in its heat to drop into the repechage round. Canada, which won gold at Beijing in 2008, must now finish in the top four of Monday repechage to stay in medal contention. The team features seven Ontarians, including Cobourg Jeremiah Brown.
Good news came from the beach volleyball courts, where Toronto Josh Binstock and teammate Martin Reader crushed Britain John Garcia Thompson and Steven Grotowski 21 19, 21 13, and also in table tennis, where Ottawa Mo Zhang won both of her matches, 3 1 in the preliminaries over Aia Mohamed of Qatar, and then in a seven game thriller over Turkey Melek Hu.
The Toronto badminton tandem of Michelle Li and Alex Bruce did not fare nearly so well, swept aside by China number one ranked team of Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu in thei michael kors outlet r first game.
In the first day of equestrian, Port Perry Michele Mueller, and Amistad finished 25th of the 37 who completed the first phase of eventing, dressage. The remaining 37 compete Sunday at Greenwich Park, including Uxbridge Jessica Phoenix,and Exponential.
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Other Ontario athletes in action include Toronto tennis players Milos Raonic, in men singles, and Daniel Nestor, in men doubles, at the fabled grass courts of Wimbledon. Two other Toronto athletes also compete, Sasha Mehmedovic in judo and Gregory Douglas in sailing.
Li and Bruce are back in action on the badminton courts, likely needing a win against a favoured South Korean team to keep their medal hopes alive, while Zhang plays her second match in table tennis.