NEWS
08/08/2016 15:05 EDT | Updated 08/09/2017 01:12 EDT

Canada keeps medal streak alive, beats Britain for women's rugby bronze

RIO DE JANEIRO — Ghislaine Landry led Canada to a historic bronze medal Monday.

Landry had two tries and four conversions to lead the Canadian women's rugby sevens squad to a decisive 33-10 win over Britain as women's rugby made its Olympic debut.

Karen Paquin, Bianca Farella and Kelly Russell had the other tries for Canada, which took a commanding 26-5 half-time advantage. The Canadians also earned a successful finish to the tournament after dropping a 17-5 semifinal decision to Australia early Monday.

The win also provided Canada with redemption after losing 22-0 to Britain in pool play. New Zealand defeated Britain 25-7 in the other semifinal Monday.

Canada was looking for a second upset win over Australia, which is regarded as the class of the tournament and with good reason. The defending World Series champion won the first three of this year's events before losing 29-19 to the Canadians in the fifth and final stop of the tour.

But the Aussies took care of business this time around, storming out to a 12-0 halftime lead. And they led 17-0 before Charity Williams scored Canada's lone try to round out the scoring.

The third-seeded Canadians advanced to the seminal with a 15-5 victory over France after posting a 2-1 pool record.

Canada secured its third medal overall (two bronze, one silver).

Canada's women's basketball team improved to 2-0 after rallying for an exciting 71-67 victory over Serbia. Kia Nurse scored 25 points for the Canadians, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the third quarter before outscoring the Serbians 26-10 in the fourth.

But Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount. Que., was eliminated from the women's singles tennis event with a 6-4, 6-2 second-round loss to German Angelique Kerber. Bouchard opened strong with an early break in the first set but Kerber earned a break of her own and the Canadian never recovered.

Bouchard still has a shot at a medal and an Olympic doubles title with Ottawa's Gaby Dabrowski.

The Canadian men's field hockey team fell to 0-2 with a 3-1 loss to Argentina. Vancouver's Scott Tupper scored in the 55th minute for Canada, which faces the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Canada will be hard-pressed to advance to the quarter-finals as only the top four from each of the two pools qualify.

It was also a disappointing day on the water for the Canadian men's quadruple sculls rowing squad. Will Dean of Kelowna, B.C., Rob Gibson of Kingston, Ont., Pascal Lussier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Julien Bahain — who was born in France but competes for Canada — were fifth in the repechage and failed to qualify for the final.

The team needed a top-two result to advance.

"We just beat ourselves," said Gibson. "We just tried too hard.

"We started pulling apart from each other and in a boat and a crew like this we've really got to be one unit. We've said it all along we're strong enough to be with the best crews in the world."

Victoria's Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee — Canada's best hope for a rowing medal — won their heat in the women's lightweight double sculls to advance to the semifinal round Wednesday. But the women's eight crew finished last in its three-boat heat.

Victoria's Caileigh Filmer, Susanne Grainger of London, Ont., Natalie Mastracci of Thorold, Ont., Cristy Nurse of Georgetown, Ont., Lisa Roman of Langley, B.C., Christine Roper — a native of Jamaica now living in Canada — Antje von Seydlitz of Smithers, B.C., and Lauren Wilkinson of North Vancouver, B.C., along with coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie of London will need a top-four finish in Wednesday's repechage to make the final.

Golf makes its return to Olympic competition Thursday with Canadian Graham DeLaet serving as the defending champion. The native of Weyburn, Sask., was given the lofty distinction at the tournament draw Monday because Toronto's George Lyon won gold in St. Louis Games in 1904 the last time the sport was recognized as an Olympic event.

DeLaet will be in the opening threesome along with Brazl's Adilson da Silva and Byeong Hun An of South Korea. Da Silva is the lone Brazilian in the field while both of Hun An's parents won medals in table tennis at the '88 Seoul Games.