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Canada Wins 18th Medal In London, Equals Medal Total Of 2008 Games

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Canada's Mark de Jonge shows the bronze medal he won men's kayak single 200m in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) | AP

LONDON - A bronze from a paddler Saturday pushed Canada to 18 medals at the Summer Olympics, which equals the country's 2008 total from Beijing.

Barring an unexpected medal in men's mountain bike Sunday, the Canadian team will likely remain capped at 18 come Sunday's closing ceremony.

The number may still be enough to hit the target of a top-12 finish in the overall medal count. Canada was 12th after Day 15, tied with Ukraine and one up on Hungary.

Canada had a chance to eclipse the Beijing total, but the 4x100 relay team was disqualified in a late track event. Canada put in a time worthy of a bronze medal, but that result was voided after one of the runners stepped on the border of his lane when entering a turn.

Canada tied for 14th in Beijing, but the rankings shook out differently in London. The United States, China, host Britain and Russia scooped up so many medals, it left smaller pieces of the pie for the rest. Canada's slice may be big enough.

Canada's medal breakdown is one gold, five silver and a dozen bronze.

If Rosannagh MacLennan's trampoline victory remains Canada's only gold, it will be the lowest number of the most precious metal won at a Summer Games the country has competed in since 1976. The host country won zero gold in Montreal.

The good:

— Mark de Jonge of Halifax wins bronze in the new 200-metre sprint in kayak.

The bad:

— Canada's 4x100-metre team is disqualified after appearing to win bronze.

— Defending world champion Catharine Pendrel from Kamloops, B.C., finishes ninth in women's mountain bike.

Grade: B

No strong medal chances for Canada on the final day of competition. The country has three men in the marathon for the first time since 1996. They attempt to break Jerome Drayton's Canadian record of two hours 10 minutes 8.4 seconds which has stood since 1975.

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