Aug 03, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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One of Canada’s top medal hopes today is in shot put.

Dylan Armstrong of Kelowna made it through the morning qualifying in third spot.

He was fourth in Beijing and will throw for a medal this afternoon at 3:30pm our time.

Both Canadians are in the top 10 after the first of the eight events in women’s heptathlon.

Jessica Zelinka of London, Ontario is second overall after the 100-metre hurdles and teammate Brianne Thiesen of Humboldt, Saskatchewan is ninth.

New Zealand blew away the field by a wide margin to win the men’s pairs race in rowing.

B-C rowers Scott Fransden and David Calder came in as the defending silver medallists, but were sixth and last.

Canada’s women return to action today in basketball and soccer.

The soccer team has one win in three games and faces 3-and-0 Britain in the knockout phase.

In basketball, Canada brings a 1-and-2 record to the court against 0-and-3 Brazil.

Swimming serves up another four gold medal races today, but only one Canadian will be on the starting blocks.

Sinead Russel of Burlington is in the women’s 200-backstroke after finishing third in her heat.

Medals will also be won in the men’s 100-metre butterfly, 50-metre freestyle and the women’s 800.

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