Monday, Aug. 6th 2012 was a holiday for some Canadians, offering a long weekend to relax and enjoy the summer weather. However, there was none of that for Team Canada on Day 10 of the London Games. Despite no new medals to the country's tally, the day was highlighted by a few athletes advancing in their respective events as well an epic soccer match against the U.S.
The morning began with a trio of athletes advancing to the semi final round in the women's hurdles. Nakkita Holder, Phylicia George and Jessica Zelinka all qualified, finishing 5th, 2nd and 2nd respectively in their heats.
Meanwhile, Adam Van Koeverden secured a spot in the men's K-1 1,000 metre event, along with his fellow Cannuck, Mark Oldershaw. Oldershaw finished second in the canoeing C-100 metre event and will row his was to a podium finish Wednesday Aug. 8th, 2012.
But not every Canadian athlete could advance. Boxer Mary Spencer failed to win her quarter-final match, losing 17-14 to China's Jinzi Li. Canada's team equestrian also team couldn't come close to the podium as well, finishing fifth.
However, those two losses were overshadowed by the heartbreaker that was Canada's women's soccer match against the U.S.. The U.S. were expected to blow pass Team Canada, who haven't won against the U.S. team in over 10 years. Christine Sinclair, team Canada's captain, kept the pressure on the U.S. by scoring three times. However, her efforts --along with her teammates' stellar plays-- weren't enough to keep the lead as the U.S. scored their fourth goal in extra minutes of play to secure the match.
Sinclair and the rest of Team Canada will play France, who lost their medal match to Japan, Thursday Aug.9th, 2012 for bronze.
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