Shiwen Ye, who is only 16 years of age, won the Olympic Gold medal in the women’s 400m individual medley in World Record time of 4:28.43. Meanwhile in the men’s 400m freestyle, Sun Yang won a Gold medal.
China leads the medal standings with six medals overall, one more medal than Italy and the United States.
In Saturday’s other high profile event, Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov, at the age of 38, surprised many by winning Olympic Gold in the men’s cycling road race.
Canada did however have two very positive results on Saturday. First Scott Frandsen of Kelowna, British Columbia and Dave Calder of Victoria, the reigning Olympic Silver medallists, were dominant in their rowing pairs heat.
Canada also had a convincing win over Great Britain in men’s beach volleyball. Josh Binstock of Toronto and Martin Reader of Comox, British Columbia beat John Garcia-Thompson and Steve Grotowski 21-19, 21-13.
Tomorrow, Jennifer Abel of Laval, Quebec and Emilie Heymans of Montreal have an excellent chance of winning Canada’s first ever medal in the women’s 3m synchronized springboard diving. They’ll compete on CTV.
Also note that the David Ferrer/Vasek Pospisil match has been added to Sportsnet’s coverage tomorrow morning after their women’s gymnastics coverage.
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