Day six at the London Games began with a bang but ended with a whimper for Canada. Thursday saw Canada's women's eight rowing team start the morning with scoring a silver medal in the 500 metre race.
The medal marks the first time the team has made the podium in the last eight years. Like previous Olympics, Team Canada bowed out to the U.S., who took the gold medal with a six-minutes-10.59-seconds finish time. Canada finished in 6:12.06, with the Netherlands taking bronze with a 6:13.12 finish time.
However, that would mark Canada's only addition to the medal tally for the day. In other rowing action, Victoria's duo of Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee failed to advance to the finals with a fifth place finish in the the women's double scull.
Also finishing fifth was Martha McCabe in the 200m breaststroke. It was that same event that U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni set a new at record time of 2 minutes, 19.19.
Also in the pool for Canada was Sinead Russell. The 18-year-old qualified for the finals in the women's 200m backstroke. Her win was some needed good news for Team Canada after Brent Hayden, Canada's most recent bronze medalist, failed to reach the finals in the men's 50m freestyle swim.
Still hoping to add to Team Canada's medal count are the team of Michelle Li and Alex Bruce who took to the stadium in the semi-final match in women's doubles badminton.
The duo of Li and Bruce, 'nicknamed Bruce Li', lost the round to Japan's Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa two matches to one. Canada will now play Russia for bronze on August the 4th.
With files from The Canadian Press
Make That Two Silvers For Team Canada
Canada's women's eight rowing team members Janine Hanson, left to right, Rachelle Viinberg, Krista Guloien, Lauren Wilkinson, Natalie Mastracci, Ashley Brzozowicz, Darcy Marquardt, Andreanne Morin, and cox Lesley Thompson-Willie win at Eton Dorney during the 2012 Summer Olympics in Dorney, England on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
No Finals For Rowing Duo
Canada's Lindsay Jennerich (R) and Canada's Patricia Obee compete in the women's lightweight double sculls repechages of the rowing event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre in Eton, west of London, on July 31, 2012. The two finished fifth in their race.
Harrison Makes History
Kayla Harrison of the United States celebrates after winning her match against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the gold medal during the women's 78-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. Harrison won the gold and Gibbons won the silver. Harrison became the first American to take a gold medal in judo.
A Special Visitor
Prince Harry poses for a souvenir photo with Canadian silver medalist rower Malcom Howard during his visit to Canada House at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 in London.
Shattering Records... Not
Guo Shuang and Gong Jinjie thought they were the Olympic champions in team sprint track cycling when they set a new world record Thursday. However, their celebrations turned out to be premature when they were disqualified for a lane change in the final. In the end it was the Germans who won the gold.
Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin of Canada react during a beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. The two eventually lost the match.
What A Career
United States' Michael Phelps, right, looks to silver medalist Ryan Lochte of the United States after winning gold in the men's 200-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. The gold marks Phelps' 20th medal.
Soni Sets A New Record... Again
United States' Rebecca Soni competes in the women's 200-meter breaststroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Soni clocked 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds to improve on her own mark from Wednesday's semifinals by 0.41 seconds.
Martha McCabe of Canada powers through the water in the final of the Women's 200m Butterfly at the Olympic Games in London on Thursday August 2, 2012. McCabe finished fifth in the race.
Swim Sinead! Swim!
Sinead Russell of Burlington, Ont. in the women's 100-metre backstroke semi-final in swimming action at the 2012 London Olympics, on Sunday, July 29, 2012. The Burlington native made it to the finals of the 200-metre backstroke August 2, 2012.
Failure For Hayden
Brent Hayden of Canada takes off from the starting blocks in his 50m freestyle semi-final at the Olympic Games in London on Thursday August 2, 2012. Hayden finished seventh in his race and would not advance to the finals.
Third Round's The Charm
Canada's Michelle Li slams the shuttlecock past partner Alex Bruce during semifinal badminton action against Reika Kakiiwa and Mizuki Fuji of Japan at the 2012 London Olympics, on August 2, 2012. Bruce and Li lost the match two sets to one.