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Canadian athletes set Twitter alight with medals talk, Raonic's marathon match

07/31/2012 06:28 EDT | Updated 09/30/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Three more medals and Milos Raonic's marathon tennis match dominated the Twitter feeds of Canadian Olympians on Tuesday.

And the developments even caught the eye of the Govenor General.

Right after Christine Girard won her bronze medal in weightlifting, Canada's third medal of the day and fourth of the Games, David Johnston sent his regards.

"What a day! A fourth bronze medal. Congratulations to weightlifter @ch_girard. #London2012," Johnston tweeted.

Canada's Winter Olympians also took to Twitter to add their support to their colleagues at the London Olympics.

Olympic moguls champion Alex Bilodeau posted a bilingual tweet celebrating Antoine Valois-Fortier's bronze medal in judo, Canada's first since the Sydney Games in 2000.

"You're the man Antoine," Bilodeau wrote.

Sergio Pessoa, a teammate of Valois-Fortier, also posted about his colleague's victory in both official languages, saying in French that Valois-Fortier was "an inspiration" and adding the hashtag #makinghistory in English.

Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion, who won bronze in the women's ten-metre synchro dive Tuesday, posted encouraging tweets before their event.

"It all comes down 2 today,all our hard work&dedication for the past 4 years will be decided after 5 dives! Givin everythin, @Roselinefilion," tweeted Benfeito at Filion.

Meanwhile, Canadian Olympic marathoner Reid Coolsaet posted about Raonic's 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 loss to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that lasted nearly four hours.

"Tsonga vs @milosraonic is the the first marathon of these Olympics. #London2012," tweeted Coolsaet.

Canada's flagbearer Simon Whitfield was also on the edge of his seat during the match.

"Our house just yelled 'GO MILOS!!!!'. Again the neighbours wonder what's going on next door. #crazycanucksnextdoor," posted the triathlete, himself a two-time Olympic medalist.

After the match, Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie tweeted a word of encouragement to Raonic.

"What a fight @milosraonic keep your head up my friend!," he posted.

Helen Upperton, a silver medallist with the Canadian women's bobsled team at the Vancouver Olympics, celebrated the latest medals and Canada's 2-2 tie with Sweden in women's soccer.

"CANADA is KILLING IT today. 3 more medals! A tie in Women's soccer! So proud. #GIVEYOUREVERYTHING," posted Upperton.

Canadian soccer player Kaylyn Kyle tweeted: "Amazing comeback win!!!!!!!!!!! Off the the quarters:)))))))) WHAT A FEELING!!!! Thanks for all the support fans!!!!"

Added defender Emily Zurrer: "And that my friends is what you call a comeback!!!! Huge momentum builder heading into the quarters #bringiton #CanWNT."

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