NEWS
08/08/2016 14:20 EDT | Updated 08/09/2017 01:12 EDT

Canada's rugby sevens team keeps medal streak alive

RIO DE JANEIRO — Five things to know about Day 3 of competition at the Rio Olympics:

 

BANG THE SCRUM — Canada's women's rugby sevens team made history by winning the event's first-ever Olympic medal. Canada edged Britain 33-10 after losing to top-ranked Australia in the semifinals. It's Canada's second medal in a team sport in as many Games after the women's soccer team captured bronze four years ago in London.

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KEEP HOOP ALIVE — The Canadian women's basketball team showed some pluck in its 71-67 win over Serbia. Despite racing out to a quick lead, the Canadians were down by 18 points midway through the third quarter. But Canada buckled down on the defensive end in the fourth quarter and then came up with some huge plays down the stretch to secure the win and improve to 2-0.

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SOMBRE SCULLERS — It was a terrible few days for the Canadian men's quadruple sculls rowing crew that ended Monday in a crushing disappointment. The four-man team failed to advance on Saturday and needed a second chance in Monday's repechage. A fifth-place finish ensured they wouldn't compete in the final, a major blow to Rowing Canada, which scrapped the popular and successful men's eight after London 2012 to focus on the quad and the men's four.

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EARLY EXIT — Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard is out of the singles draw after losing 6-4, 6-2 to world No. 2 Angelique Kerber in the second round. But she'll still have a chance at a medal in the doubles. She and Ottawa's Gabriella Dabrowski will face Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in the second round of doubles in what should be a challenging match. The Czech duo is coming off a win Sunday over the triple Olympic champions Serena and Venus Williams of the U.S.

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SHI-DOH! — Judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard was in tears after a costly penalty saw her eliminated in her first match. The St-Hubert, Que., native took a "shido" for non-aggressiveness with 45 seconds left in her 57-kilogram bout with Hedvig Karakas of Hungary. That ended up being the difference in a tight match that the 22-year-old  could've won early on.