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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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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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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.

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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

Published on August 22, 2008

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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Beijing Olympics Lamaze snags gold medal in show jumping; Canada in position for more medals today

After waiting more than a decade to appear in his first Olympics, Eric Lamaze provided a performance for the history books.

The Schomberg, Ont., rider posted three perfect runs aboard Hickstead to win gold in the individual show jumping event Thursday at the Beijing Olympics. Lamaze, 40, won a jump-off with Rolf-Goran Bengtsson after the Swedish rider picked up four jumping faults on the third and deciding run.

Beijing - After waiting more than a decade to appear in his first Olympics, Eric Lamaze provided a performance for the history books.

The Schomberg, Ont., rider posted three perfect runs aboard Hickstead to win gold in the individual show jumping event Thursday at the Beijing Olympics. Lamaze, 40, won a jump-off with Rolf-Goran Bengtsson after the Swedish rider picked up four jumping faults on the third and deciding run.

For Lamaze, the gold medal represents a place in national equestrian lore. He's the first individual equestrian gold medallist in Canadian history, and the country's first multi-medallist of the Games after capturing a silver in Monday's team jump.

The win also provides sweet redemption for Lamaze, twice suspended for drug violations that cost him spots in both the 1996 Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Lamaze was given a lifetime ban following his second infraction - and though it was overturned in time for the Sydney Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee elected to leave Lamaze off the team.

"What they wanted to do with me is to take my livelihood away and everything else," said Lamaze.

"I don't think that's constructive to somebody who's struggling, to take their passion away from them."

"That's what I feel is the biggest lesson to be learned. Everybody does deserve a second chance or a third chance or whatever if you believe that they can actually come back and do some good."

Lamaze enjoyed a clean run in Thursday's first round, one of 10 riders to post a perfect score. Knowing he would need another perfect run to earn a jump-off with Bengtsson, Lamaze guided Hickstead through the Shatin equestrian course without a fault to earn at least a silver.

Bengtsson's horse Ninja clipped the final gate in the jump-off, setting the stage for Lamaze's third perfect run of the night - and Canada's third gold medal of the Games.

Diving silver

Emilie Heymans ended Canada's one-day absence from the podium earlier Thursday, claiming a silver medal in women's 10-metre platform diving.

Rallying from a mistake-filled semifinal earlier in the morning, the native of Greenfield Park, Que., challenged for gold before China's Chen Ruolin pushed Heymans one spot down the podium on the final dive.

Chen finished off with a near perfect dive that earned a score of 100.30 for a five-dive total of 447.70. Heymans was second at 437.05 while Wang Xin of China took bronze at 429.90.

"It's just a big accomplishment for me," said Heymans.

"I've been through a really rough time in my life and I think it made me the person that I am today, and made me dive like this."

Marie-Eve Marleau of Laval, Que., finished seventh at 332.10.

More medals than 2000

The medal pushed Canada's total up to 15 - three gold, seven silver and five bronze. That exceeds the country's total at the 2000 Sydney Games and is three more than the 12 claimed in Athens four years ago.

Heavy rain in Beijing wreaked havoc on many outdoor events Thursday, and forced Sam Cools of Airdrie, Alta., to wait a day in her quest for a medal in women's BMX.

All men's and women's races were postponed until this morning.

On the track, Gary Reed of Kamloops, B.C., used the driving rain in his favour to advance to the final in the men's 800 metres.

He raced to a time of one minute 45.85 seconds to finish second in his heat behind Algeria's Nabil Madi.

"I loved it," Reed, a silver medallist at last year's world championships, said of the weather. "I could see it screwed up the Africans out there, I was at home as they were all getting cold. I live and train in Victoria, so I'm good.

"I train in that all year."

Full of upsets

The men's 4x100-metre relay team raced to second in its heat in a race full of upsets, and head into today's final with the fourth-best time. The Jamaicans cruised to an easy win in the heat in 38.31, while the Canadians crossed in 38.77. Great Britain and Italy were disqualified. The first heat was even crazier, with just four teams of eight even crossing the finish line.

On Thursday night, the U.S. women's soccer team stood as one, Olympic gold medals around their necks, champions once again.

"Vindicated? I feel great, I feel amazing. I just won a gold medal," said goalkeeper Hope Solo, whose banishment at last year's World Cup symbolizes the struggles these Americans have had and without whom they wouldn't have won this game.

Solo made save after save to keep the United States in the game, and Carli Lloyd scored in the sixth minute of extra time to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Brazil and the gold medal for a third time in four Olympics.

The U.S. women's basketball team reached the final by beating Russia 67-52. The defending champion Americans, who will face Australia on Saturday, got 21 points from Diana Taurasi.

The U.S. team, both the men's and the women's teams, failed to make it out of the first round in the 4x100-metre relay, each missing a handoff.

The defending champion U.S. softball team lost to Japan 3-1 and their top-ranked women's water polo team was defeated by the Netherlands 9-8.

Today looks promising for the Canadians, with kayaker Adam van Koeverden set to race in two finals and Cools also hopeful of reaching the podium in BMX.

Kayaker Adam van Koeverden's last push propelled him into the final while the last few strokes for canoeist Mark Oldershaw landed him in the water on a mixed day for Canada at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on Thursday.

Van Koeverden fought through a driving rain to win the opening semifinal in one minute 42.438 seconds and give himself a chance to win Olympic gold in the K-1 500 metres for the second straight time.

"I'm putting my best races together," van Koeverden said. "I think Tuesday was a pretty good indication that I'm on form and today (was) too."

In his opening heat Tuesday, the 26-year-old from Oakville, Ont., took about a tenth of a second off the world best he recorded at a World Cup event last June.

Oldershaw, of Burlington, Ont., was fourth in the C-1 500 metres, losing his balance and falling into the water shortly after the finish. The 25-year-old said he put everything he had into his final strokes in an attempt to make the top three and qualify for Saturday's final.

"I kind of knew - you can get a sense when you're out there - that I wasn't going to do it," Oldershaw said. "I would have been mad at myself if I hadn't done it and missed because of that.

"So it was just a desperation thing."

Meanwhile, Canada almost nabbed a surprise medal in sailing.

A late rally by Canadians Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle fell just short and they settled for fourth in the fast Tornado catamaran class.

Johansson, from Oakville, Ont., and Stittle, from Orangeville, Ont., finished second for the third consecutive race, but that wasn't good enough to reel in Argentina's Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola for the bronze.

The Canadian duo began the day fifth overall after 10 races and were 13 points back of the Argentines, who were sixth in the medal race, which counts double, and finished with 56 points.

Johansson and Stittle finished with 61 points and needed the Argentines to finish ninth or worse in the medal race to move up further.

In other results Thursday:

Scott Russell of Windsor, Ont., qualified for the javelin final after leading his group at 80.42 metres.

"I am absolutely happy with my performance," he said. "Now I'm going to rest up, get some treatment on my knee and get ready for Saturday."

Nicole Forrester of Aurora, Ont., failed to move on to the final in the women's high jump, clearing 1.89 metres to finish 11th in her group.

Massimo Bertocchi of Toronto was in 18th place after five events in the decathlon. The 22-year-old had 4,010 points. American Bryan Clay led with a score of 4,521.

Organizations: Canadian Olympic Committee

Geographic location: Canada, Beijing, Schomberg United States Atlanta Sydney China Greenfield Park Laval Athens Airdrie Kamloops Algeria Victoria Great Britain Italy Oakville Brazil Australia Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park Burlington Orangeville Argentina Windsor Aurora Toronto

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