Your daily Olympic wrap-up.
Notable Canadian performance: Brian Johns kick started the swim team by qualifying for the 400IM final. He’s not a likely medal contender, but four years ago Canadians weren’t qualifying for semis let alone finals so it was a nice way to start in the pool.
Notable international performance: Samuel Sanchez and the rest of his Spanish teammates in the men’s cycling road race. Lately, everything is coming up Spain.
The Maple Leaf Gold: Kara Lang. Seriously. The girl’s good. There were thoughts a few years ago that she wasn’t fully living up to her potential, but her play so far in these Games must have silenced her critics.
Maple Leaf silver: Nathan Gafuik – Sometimes a 20th place finish is worth celebrating. Gafuik qualifying (along with Adam Wong) for the all-around gymnastic final is one of those occasions.
Maple Leaf bronze: Women’s 4X100m freestyle relay – two (outside) chances at a medal in the pool tonight for Canada. It’s already better than Athens.
Maple Leaf tin medal: The CBC (again) – For choosing to show taped coverage all morning while several Canadian athletes were performing live. If you wanted to see all but two swimming heats, you had to learn French because the national Francophone service was the only place to watch them on the tube.
Honourary Canadian award: Xiexia Chen – the Chinese weightlifter was absolutely dominating in capturing gold in the 48kg class. The cynic in us wants to wait to see her urine, but that’s a different topic.
Canadian highlights for day 2: The gold medal favourite men’s eights row in their heat. After a confidence busting performance in Athens the crew will want to go straight through to the final.
International highlight for day 2: It’s all going to be about Phelps until he loses one of the eight medals. Not to negatively cheer, but…