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Canada's Tonya Verbeek gets wrestling silver

08/09/2012 10:32 EDT | Updated 10/09/2012 05:12 EDT
Canadian wrestler Tonya Verbeek lost her gold-medal match Thursday but still stood on the podium for the third consecutive Olympics.

The Grimsby, Ont., native fell to Japanese 55-kilogram great Saori Yoshida in a rematch of the 2004 Olympic title bout in Athens.

Thursday’s victory gave Yoshida her third consecutive Olympic gold medal. She has also won the last seven world titles, and nine in the last 10 years.

Verbeek, who turns 35 on Tuesday, has said she plans to retire after the world championships in Edmonton in September. She’ll walk away with a pair of Olympic silver medals along with a 2008 bronze. Verbeek also won three world championship medals, including a silver last year.

She is the second Canadian wrestler to reach the podium in London. Carol Huynh won a bronze medal in the women’s 48-kg class on Wednesday.

Verbeek's silver was the second medal of Day 13 for Canada. The women's soccer team defeated France for a bronze earlier.

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