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08/11/2016 19:56 EDT | Updated 08/12/2017 01:12 EDT

Canada's Penny Oleksiak captures first gold medal in women's 100-metre freestyle

RIO DE JANEIRO — Five things to know about Day 6 of competition at the Rio Olympics:

GOLDEN GIRL: Penny Oleksiak won Canada's first gold medal of the Rio Games, tying for gold in the women's 100-metre freestyle. The 16-year-old Toronto native finished in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds with American Simone Manuel. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden captured bronze in 52.99 seconds. Oleksiak also becomes the first Canadian to win four medals in a single Summer Games. She had already won silver in the 100-metre butterfly, and has bronze medals in the 4x100-metre and 4x200-metre freestyle relays.

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DOUBLES DOWNER: Daniel Nestor missed a chance at a second tennis gold medal. Nestor and Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil will play for bronze after losing their semifinal to Spain's Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez. The Canadian duo will face Americans Jack Sock and Steve Johnson in the bronze-medal match on Friday. Nestor, a late addition to the team after Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., withdrew due to health concerns, won gold with Sebastien Lareau at the 2000 Games.

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ON PAR: Canada's defence of its 112-year-old Olympic golf title is off to a strong start.  Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., fired four birdies over his first eight holes en route to a 5-under-par 66 and the clubhouse lead until Australia's Marcus Fraser closed his round a short time later with a blistering 63. It was the first round of golf played at the Olympics since Canadian George S. Lyon won gold at the 1904 St. Louis Games. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., opened with a 2-over-par 73.

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THROUGH TO THE FINAL: Three Canadian boats qualified for finals at the rowing regatta. Victoria's Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee finished second in their women's lightweight double sculls semifinal while the men's four also finished second in the semis to go through. The women's eight dominated the repechage, finishing first to book their spot in the medal race. Jennerich and Obee are Canada's best hope for a rowing medal.

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IN SICK BAY: A Belgian woman who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics has become sick after racing on polluted Guanabara Bay, the first sailor to fall ill from the waters that were subject to great scrutiny leading to the Rio Games. Evi Van Acker reported feeling sick after Wednesday's races, the governing body World Sailing said. Her poor performances have put her at risk of missing out on a medal in the Laser Radial class.

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