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Canadian team doesn't wait as long this time to pick up first medal of Games

07/29/2012 07:16 EDT | Updated 09/28/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Canada won its first medal of the 2012 Summer Games on Day 2, which is a better pace than Beijing four years ago when crickets chirped for the first seven days.

Emilie Heymans of St.-Lambert, Que., became the first Canadian to win a medal in four consecutive summer Olympics when she and Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., won bronze in synchronized diving.

The diving duo was Canada's best chance at a medal Sunday and they delivered.

The good:

_ The bronze in synchronized diving.

_ The women's eight rowing team winning its heat, and advancing to Thursday's final.

_ The women's gymnastics team qualifying for Tuesday's team final, with Brittany Rogers of Coquitlam, B.C., and Elsabeth Black of Halifax earning berths in the vault final.

_ Brittany MacLean making the women's 400-metre freestyle final in the 18-year-old's Olympic debut. She was seventh.

The bad:

_ Julie Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., and Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., miss qualifying for the finals of their swim events by one spot.

_ Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Marie-Andree Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., dropping their opening beach volleyball match to host Britain in three sets.

_ Toronto judoka Sasha Mehmedovic losing in the second round of the 66-kilogram division to eventual bronze medallist Masashi Ebinuma of Japan.

Grade: B

There are no strong medal chances for Canada on Day 3.

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