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Rio Olympics 2016: Canada Beat Its Own Olympic Medal Goals

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Canada's performance at the Rio Olympics will go down as one of its best ever at the Summer Games.

Canada will leave Rio having exceeded its goal of a top-12 finish in the overall medal standings and with at least four more medals than it won four years ago in London.

The Canadian team of 314 athletes reached a total of 22 medals Saturday when Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., earned bronze in women's mountain bike.

Assuming there are no surprise medals Sunday, Canada will equal its best medal haul at a non-boycotted Summer Games. The country collected 22 in Atlanta in 1996.

Time to set a new target: COC president

With four gold, three silver and 15 bronze, Canada ranks 10th in the overall medal count.

Canada's women took centre stage in Rio, winning 16 of Canada's medals.

Finishing among the top 12 in total medals was also the COC's goal in London but the team fell short, finishing tied for 13th with 18 medals.

COC president Tricia Smith says it's time to set a new target.

"We want to make sure we have goals that are aspirational,'' she told a news conference Sunday. "We want to makes sure that we're out there and doing all we can do to be the best in the world. We owe that to our athletes. It's certainly something that I think we have to continue to look at in terms of performance of Canada on the world stage.''

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