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Published on August 20, 2008

China's Zhong Man, left, and France's Julien Pillet compete during the semifinals of the men's individual saber quarterfinals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, August 12, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Xin Wang and Ruolin Chen from China performs a dive to win the gold medal in the women's synchronized 10-metre platform diving final at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, August 12, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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China's gymnast Yang Wei performs on the horizontal bar during the men's individual all-around competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug 14, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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South Korea's Lee Hyun-il competes against China's Bao Chunlai in the men's singles badminton quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics Thursday Aug.14, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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China's womens team Zhang Yining and Wang Nan play against Dominican Republic's womens team Joenny Valdez and Lian Qian during table tennis team competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in in Beijing,China, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. - Photo by The Ass

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Canada's right fielder Michael Saunders (20) catches a first inning fly out by Cuba's Yuliesky Gurriel during a baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 14 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canada's Adam Wong, from Calgary, performs on the parallel bars during mens individual all-around final gymnastics at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China Wednesday Aug.13, 2008. Wong was the highest Canadian in the competition placing 15th. - Photo by

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Janos Baranyai, of Hungary, grimaces on the platform after dislocating his right elbow while attempting to lift 148 kilograms in the snatch of the Group B of the men's 77 kg of the weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesd

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Gold medalist Yang Xiuli of China bites her medal at the suggestion of photographers at the medals ceremony of the women's judo -78kg half heavyweight division finals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. Photo by The Associate

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The Spanish Men's Track Cycling team works out during a training session at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Kim Jungjoo of South Korea takes a punch from John Jackson of Virgin Islands, during a men's welterweight 69 kilogram preliminary boxing match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canadian Nathan Gafuik performs on the paralell bars at the men's individual all-around final during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing Thursday Aug 14, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Mike Brown, from Oshawa, Ontario, looks back at his time in the men's 200-metre breastroke final at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, August 14, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Richard Kok of St. Catharines, Ont. removes his Canadian flag from the bleechers at the rowing venue in Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug.14, 2008 after rain cancelled the afternoon events. Kok was on had to watch his daughter Melanie Kok

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49er crew from Australia, Canada, China and Austria, from left to right, compete during race 9 of the 49er class sailing competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Qingdao, about 720 kilometers southeast of Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. - Photo by T

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Li Na of China, reacts after defeating Venus Williams of the USA, during women's singles tennis action at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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China's Wang Feng, bottom, and Qin Kai compete in the men's synchronised 3m springboard diving final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing Wednesday Aug 13, 2008. The pair won the gold medal. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canada's Christine Sinclair, from Vancouver B.C. reacts after Team USA scored their first goal during womens quarter-final football action at the Beijing Olympics in Shanghai, China Friday Aug.15, 2008. The United States defeated Canada 2-1 in extra time

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Zhang Xi of China hits the ball during play against Cuba in a beach volleyball match at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008.China won 2-0. - Photo by The Associated Press

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U.S. sailor Anna Tunnicliffe sails to the start of race four of the Laser Radial Women class sailing competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Qingdao, about 720 kilometers southeast of Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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The United States' Shannon Boxx head the ball over Canada's Diana Matheson during their women's soccer quarterfinals match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Shanghai, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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In this combo of photos, New Zealand rider Katie McVean goes over her horse Forest at a fence during the first qualifying round for the Equestrian Show Jumping competition during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. - Photo by Th

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Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia, third left, and other competitors clear the water jump in a women's 3000m steeplechase heat during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. - Photo by Th

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United States' Margaret Hoelzer swims the backstroke leg of a women's 4x100-meter medley relay heat during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. - Photo by The Associated

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Canada's goal keeper Karina LeBlanc, from Maple Ridge, B.C. leaves the football pitch following Canada's 2-1 loss to the United States in quarter-final womens football action at the Beijing Olympics in Shanghai, China Friday Aug.15, 2008. - Photo By The C

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Canada's Dylan Armstrong, from Kamloops, B.C., sits on the bench after missing the bronze medal on the last throw during the shot put final at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Friday, August 15, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Jeane Lassen from Victoria, B.C. kisses the weights as she competes in the women's 75kg weightlifting final at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Friday, August 15, 2008. Lassen placed eighth. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Carol Huynh from Hazelton, B.C. reacts following her gold medal victory over Chiharu Icho from Japan in the women's freestyle 48kg wrestling final at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, August 16, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian

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Carol Hyunh of Canada,is carried off after defeating Japan's Chiharu Ichu in the final of 48kg women's freestyle wrestling competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. Carol won gold. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canada's David Calder of Victoria, B.C. shares a moment with his daughter Mira, 4, after he and teammate Scott Fradsen of Kelowna, B.C. won the silver medal in the men's pair rowing final at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008.

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Italy's Valentina Vezzali, right celebrates after winning the final point to Hungary's Virginie Ujlaki at the women's team foil bronze medal final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, August 16, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Xiaomei Li from China is in the neck bridge to avoid a pin by Inni Merleni from the Ukraine in the women's freestyle 48kg wrestling repechage at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, August 16, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Tonya Verbeek shows her bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55 kilogram competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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China's Qin Kai warms up before the start of the men's 3-meter springboard semifinal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Colin Jenkins of Canada competes in the swimming portion of the men's Triathlon final at the Triathlon venue on Day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 in Beijing, China. - Photo by The Associated Press

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The duet team of Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting of China perform the duet free routine preliminary in synchronized swimming during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. China placed third with Japan in the preliminaries. - Photo by

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Australia's forward Penny Taylor reacts after she was injured against the Czech Republic during the third quarter of their women's quarterfinal basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Pre

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China's Guo Shuang falls during the Track Cycling Women's Sprint race, at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canada's Adam van Koeverden paddles to the win as New Zealand's Steven Ferguson, back, closes in the Kayak Single K1 500M men's heat at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canadian fans cheer as the duet pair of Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon and Isabelle Rampling perform the duet free routine preliminary in synchronized swimming during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canada's Zachary Bell, right, from Whitehorse hands over to Martin Gilbert from Chateauguay, Que. during the men's madison cycle race at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, August 19, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Jason Burnett, from Etobicoke, Ont. holds up his silver medal following competition in the mens trampoline final at the the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China Tuesday, Aug.19, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, right, from Whitby, Ont., competes in the women's 100 meter hurdle final at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, August 19, 2008. Lopes-Schliep won bronze with a time of 12.64 seconds. - Photo by The Canadian Pre

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The word relax is seen written on the hand of Canada kayak four (K4) team member Genevieve Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Riveres, Que. as she wipes her eyes following her teams 4th place finish in the K4 womens 500 meter semifinal at the Beijing Olympics in

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Canada's Alexandre Despatie of Laval, Que. celebrates his silver medal win following the 3 meter diving final at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Alexandre Despatie of Laval, Que. does a twist during his last dive prior to winning the silver medal in the 3 meter diving final at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Riders are airborne during the BMX Men's Quaterfinals run, at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep celebrates winning the bronze medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Pr

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Canada's pitcher Lauren Bay Regula fires a pitch against Australia during the women's softball semi-final at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Canada was eliminated losing 5-3 to Australia. - Photo by The Canadian Pr

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Canada's Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont. reacts to falling out of his boat at the finish line of the canoe single (C1) 500 meter semifinal at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. Oldershaw finished in 4th place and did not

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Canada's Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont. paddles past a photographers boat following his 1st place finish in the kayak single (K1) 500 meter semifinal at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. - Photo By The Canadian Press

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USA's Danielle Scott-Arruda spikes against Cuba during their women's volleyball semifinals match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. USA won the match. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Germany's Ariane Hingst fights for the ball with Japan's Yuki Nagasato, center, during their women's soccer bronze medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Georgia's George Gogshelidze, top, wrestles Cuba's Michel Batista in a bronze medal 96 kilogram freestyle match at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. Gogshelidze won bronze. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Melissa Wu of Australia dives during the Women's 10m Platform Preliminary diving competition during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Ukraine's Anna Bessonova performs with the rope during the gymnastics rhythmic individual all-around qualification at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Canada's Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que. celebrates his bronze medal win in the canoe single (C1) 1000 meter final at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Kara Grant, of Canada, left, attacks Qian Chan, of China, during their fencing epee bout in the women's modern pentathlon at the Beijing 2008 Olympics Games, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Table tennis players eye on the ball during matches at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing between Aug. 13-21, 2007. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Germany's Thomasz Wylenzek, bottom, is assisted by officials after finishing second with Christian Gillie in the canoe double C2 1000M men's race at the Beijing 2008 Olympics Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Later, Wylenzek was hospitalized because of dehydration.

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USA Brian Barden throws out Cuba Alexei Bell during a stolen base attempt at second during their baseball game in the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Water flies around Pietro Figlioli of Australia as he takes his turn in a shootout against Italy in a semifinal round classification men's water polo match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Australia won 17-16. - Photo by The

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Vincenzo Picardi of Italy, red, fights Somjit Jongjohor of Thailand, blue, during a men's flyweight 51 kilogram semifinal boxing match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Italy's Alex Schwazer reacts after winning the men's 50-kilomter walk during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Bryan Clay of the United States attempts a clearance during the pole vault in the decathlon during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Canada's synchronized swimmer Dominika Koipcik is raised by her teammates as they perform their synchonized swimming technical routine at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Friday, August 22, 2008. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Fireworks explode over China's National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", during the closing Ceremony of Beijing Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, August 24, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Fireworks explode over Beijing's Tiananmen Square to help mark the closing of the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. - Photo By the Associated Press

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Dancers perform in National Stadium during the closing ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canadian athletes celebrate during the closing ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics at the National Stadium, in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

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A British double-decker bus enters the National Stadium during the closing ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. - Photo by The Associated Press

Canada adds four medals to Beijing haul, eclipses Athens medal count

Canada's dramatic second-half turnaround continued at the Beijing Olympics as another multi-medal performance by Canadian athletes helped the team eclipse its overall performance from four years ago in Athens.

Triathlete Simon Whitfield, trampoline gymnast Jason Burnett and diver Alexandre Despatie each won a silver medal on Tuesday, while hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep added a bronze as Canada increased its medal count to 13 - one more than it won in Greece.

Beijing - Canada's dramatic second-half turnaround continued at the Beijing Olympics as another multi-medal performance by Canadian athletes helped the team eclipse its overall performance from four years ago in Athens.

Triathlete Simon Whitfield, trampoline gymnast Jason Burnett and diver Alexandre Despatie each won a silver medal on Tuesday, while hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep added a bronze as Canada increased its medal count to 13 - one more than it won in Greece.

"I'm just very proud of the whole Canadian team," said Sylvie Bernier, the Canadian chef de mission in Beijing. "We knew we were doing well, we knew we were right on track. We've been saying that (the) whole first week.

"We knew the progression was there," added Bernier, who won a gold medal in three-metre diving at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. "We had faith and we were confident the morale was there, the enthusiasm was there and we were just waiting for these medals. We knew they were coming. Tonight it's great. I feel so great."

Canada sat tied with the Netherlands at 12th overall in the medal standings after Tuesday's competition with two gold, six silver and five bronze medals. All medals have come over the last four days.

And it looks like there will be more medals to come. Flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden tore through his qualifying heat of the K-1 500-metre kayak, breaking his own world record in the process.

Whitfield started the medal rush Tuesday with a silver in men's triathlon after winning gold in the event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Unsatisfied with his 11th-place finish at the Athens Games four years ago, Whitfield dedicated himself to improving his performance in all three stages of the triathlon, particularly the swim.

It paid off for the Kingston, Ont., native when he finished in one hour 48 minutes 58 seconds - five seconds behind Germany's Jan Frodeno.

"To be able to fight my way back to the podium, that was hard, that was so hard - this was a harder race than Sydney was," said Whitfield.

Edmonton's Paul Tichelaar finished 28th, while Hamilton's Colin Jenkins was 50th.

Burnett followed with a silver in men's trampoline, nailing a routine that had the highest degree of difficulty in the competition. The 21-year-old finished second with 40.7 points.

"That rocked," he said. "That was awesome."

The three-time Canadian champion from Toronto was performing at his first Olympics. Lu Chunlong of China won the gold medal with 41 points, while countryman Dong Dong won bronze with 40.6.

Burnett's silver comes a day after Karen Cockburn won silver in women's trampoline.

"He did an amazing performance tonight," said Cockburn. "He set the bar so high we know it would be really difficult to beat. We're just so proud of him."

Despatie made it three silver medals on the day with a second-place finish in the men's three-metre springboard. He scored 536.65 to earn his second silver in the event in as many Games.

He Chong of China won gold with a dominating 572.90. World champion Qin Kai of China took bronze with 530.10.

Despatie said the silver medal was particularly special, capping a comeback from an injury-plagued year.

"My silver medal is gold to me because of all the bad things that happened to me this year," he said. "I was able to get it together."

Reuben Ross of Butte, Sask., finished 18th and did not advance.

Lopes-Schliep rounded out the medals with a bronze in the women's 100-metre hurdles, ending a long drought for the Canadian track team.

Canada hadn't won a medal in track since the 1996 Atlanta Games, when Donovan Bailey won the men's 100 metres then anchored the champion 4x100 relay team.

Lopes-Schliep, the 25-year-old from Whitby, Ont., raced to a time of 12.64 seconds Tuesday night in a packed 91,000-seat Bird's Nest stadium.

"I feel like I've jumped out of my body, went to heaven and back," Lopes-Schliep said. "This is a huge accomplishment, it went by so fast and here I am with a medal."

It's fitting that van Koeverden's blistering performance came on the same day as Whitfield's medal. The Oakville, Ont., kayaker draws much of his inspiration from Whitfield's gold-medal performance in Sydney.

"For the past eight years, he's probably been the most inspirational Canadian athlete I've gotten to know," van Koeverden said. "Today was just like icing on the cake. I didn't know what a triathlon was really in 1999 and then watching it in 2000 was eye-opening and probably the main force in changing my attitude towards the way I treated my training.

"Watching Simon win in 2000 was one of those moments that I just kind of realized that I want to be a Canadian athlete and I want to be an Olympic champion and I want to race at a world-class level."

Meanwhile, Brazilians hung their heads in shame in the wake of their Olympic football team's 3-0 drubbing from archrival Argentina on Tuesday.

The crowds gathered around TVs in bars and juice stands across Rio de Janeiro for the 10 a.m. kickoff deflated as Olympic champion Argentina piled on three goals in the second half of the semifinal and two Brazilian players were red-carded for violent fouls.

"Brazil always has dreamed of the gold, too bad we never seem to win it. We'll just have to wait another four years," Adilson Paixao Silveira, a 23-year-old office worker, said as he commiserated with friends at a street corner bar near Botafogo beach.

Meanwhile, local Argentina TV station Todo Noticias interrupted coverage of an important trial and flashed an "urgent" across the screen to announce Argentina's first victory over Brazil in three years.

The online headline for top-selling daily Clarin declared Argentina had "humiliated Brazil."

"Smoked 'em," screamed the headline across the online sports Web site Ole, which called the win "impeccable."

Organizations: Beijing Olympics

Geographic location: Canada, Beijing, Athens Greece China Sydney Netherlands Argentina Kingston Germany Edmonton Toronto Brazil Butte Sask. Whitby Nest stadium Oakville Rio de Janeiro Botafogo

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