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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:07 am
 


Heymans wins silver in 10-metre platform


Canadian diver Emilie Heymans turned in her best-ever individual Olympic performance, capturing a silver medal Thursday in the women's 10-metre platform.

Heymans, who hails from St-Lambert, Que., secured her second-place standing with a stellar fifth and final dive at the National Aquatics Center, for a total score of 437.05.

"I'm just really happy. It's hard work for my entire life that came through now," Heymans told CBC Sports after receiving her medal. "I trained really hard for this and I'm just really happy that I finally get a medal in my individual event.

"I think my training was going really well and I was able tonight to stay focused on what I had to do, and not stay focused on my result or on how the other divers were doing. I think that was the big key."

Heymans bested her fourth-place finish at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens and fifth-place showing in Sydney in 2000 to earn Canada its 14th medal in Beijing.

Fellow Canadian Marie-Eve Marleau of Laval, Que., finished seventh Thursday in the field of 12 with a score of 332.10.



Lamaze wins equestrian gold for Canada

Equestrian Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., won the gold medal in the Olympic individual show-jumping competition Thursday.

Riding a horse named Hickstead, the Canadian defeated Sweden's Rolf-Goran Bengtsson in a jump-off to earn Canada's third gold medal of the Beijing Games.

Thursday's victory was sweet redemption for Lamaze, who missed out on the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 Sydney Games due to positive drug tests. He's also a member of the Canadian team that won silver in the team jump competition on Monday.

"When you give people chances and allow them to come back from their mistakes, great things happen and I'm a perfect example that you shouldn't give up on people," an emotional Lamaze told CBC Sports.

It was also Canada's first-ever individual equestrian gold medal and just the second individual show jumping medal in Olympic history. Michel Vaillancourt won an individual silver medal at the 1976 Games in Montreal.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:24 am
 


WTG Hickstead, oh yea and the same to the guy you carried around on your back. :P


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:33 am
 


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[huh] [huh] It looks okay to me, what's the problem?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:35 am
 


On a more serious note, man I sure miss Don Witman calling the Track and Field events. Having Don there calling Bolt’s races would have been incredible. :rock:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:39 am
 


WDHIII wrote:
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[huh] [huh] It looks okay to me, what's the problem?



This is what it looks like to me........

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Curious, I reloaded it....still looks the same to me.....anyone else see it as Wil?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:43 am
 


Thanks Wil..... :?: :?: :!:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:44 am
 


Van Koeverden 8th in K-1 1000

Canadian Adam van Koeverden finished eighth out of nine paddlers in the K-1 1000, a race in which he was expected to win a medal.

Van Koeverden, one of the most celebrated Canadian athletes in Beijing, was one of the strongest medal contenders heading into this race. He won two gold medals and one bronze in three World Cup races this season.

He also claimed the bronze in the 1000 at the 2004 Athens Games as well as three silvers (2003, 2005, 2007) at world championships.

Canada's Hall wins bronze in C-1 1000

Canadian Thomas Hall won a bronze medal in the C-1 1000 on Friday, moving from fourth to third in the final 200 metres. He finished in a time of three minutes and 53.653 seconds.

Hungarian Attila Vajda (3:50.467) captured the gold while Spaniard David Cal (3:52.751) took the silver. Both men were strong medal contenders heading into the race.

"I'm ecstatic. I don't know what else to say," Hall told CBC Sports. "I knew I had the ability but I didn't know if I really had it on today. I'm really thrilled and I couldn't be happier.

"It was all adrenaline," he said of the final 200 metres. "I looked a little earlier and knew I was sitting in fourth. I have raced that guy a lot and I know he has gotten faster but I couldn't feel a thing. It was really great."


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:14 am
 


WDHIII wrote:
Watched Lamaze win the Gold - was fantastic! 3 perfect runs for GOLD! :rock:


Um......... Hyack? Wassup with yur sig? [huh]



They say that if you give K to horses they are able to jump higher. Is that because they think they can fly?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:37 am
 


Sergerie kicks to taekwondo silver

Karine Sergerie fought her way to Canada’s best-ever finish in taekwondo at the Olympic Games, winning silver in the -67 kilogram event on Day 14 of competition in Beijing.

The 23-year-old from Ste-Catherine, Que., lost a close gold-medal bout to the defending and reigning world champion, South Korea’s Kyungseon Hwang.

The bronze medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games, the South Korean beat Sergerie 2–1, scoring her final point in the last 30 seconds.

"Disappointed, very disappointed," said Sergerie after the bout. "It was really, close, I mean it was right there.

"In the end, I think I lacked a bit of energy and endurance mostly, it was so close I just had to squeeze her a little bit more and throw one last kick just to even it out and go to sudden death."

Sergerie scored the first point of the match on a defensive kick with less than 30 seconds to go in the first round. Her opponent equalized things in the second, scoring a point near the end of the round on an offensive kick.

In the third and final period, it looked as though the match might end in a tie and go to the judge's decision, but South Korea's competitor landed a defensive kick in the final seconds of the round. Sergerie was unable to score another point.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:41 am
 


Van Koeverden takes silver in the K-1 500

Adam van Koeverden won the silver medal in the K-1 500, finding some redemption after a dismal performance in the 1000 on Friday.

Heading into the Games, he was considered a medal favourite in this race because he was the defending Olympic and world champion, and had won all three races on the World Cup circuit this season.

But in the hours before the 500 final, there was some concern he wouldn't be in top form for the big race; he suffered a crushing defeat on Friday, finishing eighth in a field of nine paddlers in the 1000.

"I just didn't have it," a distraught van Koeverden told CBC Sports after that race. "It's a hell of a time not to have it. It's the worst 1000 metres I have put together in years."

Van Koeverden was one of the strongest medal contenders heading into that race. He won two gold medals and one bronze in three World Cup races this season. He also claimed the bronze in the 1000 at the 2004 Athens Games as well as three silvers (2003, 2005, 2007) at world championships.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:00 pm
 


Cockburn to carry Canada's flag at closing ceremony

Trampolinist Karen Cockburn, who has won medals in three consecutive Olympics, will carry the Canadian flag into Sunday's closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Games.

Canadian chef de mission Sylvie Bernier made the announcement on CBC's Olympic Prime with Scott Russell.

Cockburn, of Stouffville, Ont., won silver in the trampoline event in Beijing to become the fifth Canadian in a non-team or non-relay event to win a medal in three straight Olympic Games.

She shares that distinction with Phil Edwards in track and field (1928, 1932 and 1936); rowing coxswain Leslie Thompson-Willie (1992, 1996, 2000); kayaker Caroline Brunet (1996, 2000, 2004) and diver Emilie Heymans (2000, 2004, 2008).

Cockburn, 27, previously won bronze in trampoline's debut at the 2000 Sydney Games and captured her first silver four years later in Athens.

In Beijing, the Canadian's silver medal capped a hard-fought comeback after she tore cartilage in her right knee in October while preparing for the 2007 world championship in Quebec City.

She had surgery shortly after the worlds and only returned to the trampoline earlier this year.

Cockburn said she was excited and overwhelmed that she had been chosen to carry the Maple Leaf flag into the National Stadium on Sunday (6:00 a.m. ET).

"It's a huge honour for me to be able represent Canada and our entire team because there's been so many great performances," Cockburn said. "I'm going to have a huge smile as I walk into the closing ceremony tonight [Sunday]."

Kayaker Adam van Koeverden carried the Canadian flag at the opening ceremony in Beijing just over two weeks ago.


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Way to go athletes, you did us all proud!


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Here's a final tally on the medals per capita:

Rank: Country (Total medals per hundred million people)
1: Bahamas (604.2)
2: Jamaica (405.3)
3: Iceland (316.2)
4: Slovenia (246.4)
5: Australia (215)
6: Cuba (213)
7: New Zealand (210.6)
8: Norway (209.3)
9: Armenia (199.9)
10: Belarus (196.1)
11: Mongolia (152.1)
12: Trinidad and Tobago (150)
13: Estonia (149.2)
14: Lithuania (148.8)
15: Georgia (136.5)
16: Latvia (132.3)
17: Bahrain (131.5)
18: Denmark (127.5)
19: Slovakia (111.1)
20: Croatia (109.8)
21: Hungary (99.6)
22: Netherlands (97.3)
23: Kazakhstan (84.3)
24: Azerbaijan (82.7)
25: Mauritius (79.2)
26: Switzerland (78.6)
27: Britain (77.6)
28: Finland (75.2)
29: Ireland (69.1)
30: Bulgaria (65.4)
31: South Korea (64.3)
32: France (62)
33: Ukraine (58.6)
34: Czech Republic (57.7)
35: Sweden (54.3)
36: Canada (54)
37: Russia (50.7)
38: Germany (49.9)
39: Italy (47)
40: Spain (39.1)
41: Kyrgyzstan (37.6)
42: Romania (37.3)
43: Kenya (37.3)
44: United States (36.1)
45: Austria (36)
46: Greece (35.9)
47: Serbia (30.4)
48: Zimbabwe (30)
49: Panama (29.9)
50: Tajikistan (29.7)
51: Moldova (26.4)
52: Poland (26.2)
53: North Korea (25.2)
54: Uzbekistan (21.9)
55: Singapore (21.8)
56: Dominican Republic (20.5)
57: Japan (19.6)
58: Belgium (18.9)
59: Portugal (18.8)
60: Chinese Taipei (17.4)
61: Togo (15.2)
62: Argentina (14.9)
63: Israel (13.7)
64: Turkey (11.3)
65: Tunisia (9.7)
66: Ethiopia (8.8)
67: Brazil (8)
68: China (7.5)
69: Ecuador (7.5)
70: Morocco (6.4)
71: Thailand (6.3)
72: Chile (6)
73: Algeria (5.9)
74: Cameroon (5.4)
75: Colombia (4.5)
76: Afghanistan (3.7)
77: Malaysia (3.7)
78: Venezuela (3.6)
79: Iran (2.8)
80: Mexico (2.8)
81: Nigeria (2.7)
82: Sudan (2.6)
83: Indonesia (2.2)
84: South Africa (2.1)
85: Egypt (1.3)
86: Vietnam (1.1)
87: India (0.3)

The bolded countries were top five in total medals.


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