Four-medal day for Canada

The Canadian Press

RIO DE JANEIRO—Andre De Grasse kept adding to his and Canada’s medal totals on Day 13 of the Rio Olympics.
The sprint star from Markham, Ont. won the silver medal in the men’s 200-metre final last night for the second medal of his Olympic debut.
The 21-year-old De Grasse finished the race in 20.02 seconds, just behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who took gold for the third-straight Olympics in 19.78.
France’s Christophe Lemaitre was third in 20.12 seconds.
De Grasse became the first Canadian to win two individual track medals in the same Olympics since 1932.
“I’m really happy with two medals but my race today could have been better,” he admitted.
“I couldn’t really tell what happened,” he noted.
“I came off the bend and tried to do something, tried to go, but maybe I used up too much energy in the semi-final yesterday [Wednesday].”
Canada is tied with South Korea for 10th in the overall medal standings with four gold, three silver, and 11 bronze.
The Canadians are targeting a top-12 finish when the 2016 Summer Games end Sunday.
De Grasse could add a third medal in the 4×100-metre relay final, where Canada is looking for redemption after a lane violation four years ago in London cost them a bronze medal, and left the runners in tears.
De Grasse wasn’t the only Canadian to claim hardware on the track as Damian Warner, of London, Ont., took bronze in the decathlon.
Warner finished the 10-discipline competition with 8,666 points, which matched Dave Steen from the 1988 Seoul Games for the best-ever Canadian finish in decathlon.
Defending champ Ashton Eaton of the U.S. won gold with 8,893 points while France’s Kevin Mayer took silver (8,834).
“I’m tired right now but I’m very happy I was able to pull it out,” Warner said.
“I had pretty strong goals coming into these Olympics, and I wanted to challenge for that gold spot,” he noted.
“But there’s many ups and downs within a decathlon, and I’m proud of myself and the work that my coaches have put in.”
Canada reached its largest gold-medal tally in 24 years earlier in the day after Erica Wiebe won the 75-kg wrestling crown.
Wiebe, from Ottawa, was dominant in her match against Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan, winning 6-0, and bringing Canada its fourth gold in Rio.
“I didn’t think about who I was wrestling, I didn’t think about what they were,” she said.
“I just thought about what I needed to do in that moment and I still don’t really believe it.”
Wiebe is Canada’s third-ever gold-medallist in wrestling, following Daniel Igali at the 2000 Games in Sydney 2000 and Carol Huynh in Beijing in 2008.
Her win also kept Canada’s streak in women’s wrestling alive—one that dates back to the 2004 Athens Olympics when the discipline made its debut.
And Canadian diver Meaghan Benfeito capped off her Rio run in style earlier yesterday after winning her second bronze and first individual medal.
The 27-year-old from Laval, Que. finished with an overall score of 389.20, behind Ren Qian and Si Yajie of China.
She had contemplated retirement but said she has decided to stick around.
“I’ve always said that if I became a double Olympic medallist, I would stop diving,” Benfeito noted.
“But I want to continue and my decision [to participate in the 2020 Games in Tokyo] had already been made.”
Benfeito’s teammate, Roseline Filion, 29, also from Laval, placed sixth with 367.95.
The duo won bronze together in the 10-metre synchronized event—defending the medal they won at the 2012 London Games.
Meanwhile, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. made her move in the second round of women’s golf at the Olympics after five-straight birdies to finish at seven-under 64.
Henderson shot up the leaderboard into a tie with Britain’s Charley Hull for third in the event—closing in on South Korea’s Inbee Park and American Stacy Lewis.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp (69) is tied for 32nd at one-under.
Also yesterday, Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, B.C. made it safely through the wind and wrecks at the track to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s BMX.
Winnipeg-born Tyler Mislawchuk was the top Canadian in the men’s triathlon.
The Oak Bluff, Man. native finished 15th in a time of 1:47:50.
On the track, Canadian distance runners were continuing their quest for a shot at the medal podium.
Melissa Bishop will compete for a medal tomorrow night after advancing to the final of the women’s 800 metres.
The Eganville, Ont. native finished second in her semi-final heat last night with a time of one minute, 59.05 seconds.
Nathan Brannen of Cambridge, Ont. advanced to the finals of the men’s 1,500.