Team Canada Having Strong Second Half in Beijing 2008

Matt EichelSenior Writer IAugust 19, 2008

After a disappointing first half and no medals for almost the entire first week, Canadian Olympians have come alive for a strong second half of the Summer Olympics in Beijing.  This is quite typical of the Summer Games.  

Canada captured both gold and bronze in women's freestyle wrestling, with Carol Huynh capturing the top prize in the 48kg final and Tonya Verbeek capturing bronze in the 55kg final.

Swimmer Ryan Cochrane captured a silver medal in the men's 1500m freestyle swim to bring Canada's medal count to three.

In rowing, Canada continued their Olympic dominance.  The brightest spot came as the men's eight with Coxswain captured gold.  Canada also earned a silver in the men's pair without Coxswain as well as a bronze in both men's lightweight sculls and women's lightweight double sculls.

In track and field, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep captured bronze in the women's 100m hurdles final.

Then there was their stream of silvers.  Team Canada captured silver in the mixed team equestrian jumping while Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie captured silver in the men's 3M springboard final.

In both men's and women's individual trampoline, Jason Burnett and Karen Cockburn captured silver with impressive performances.

Last, but certainly not least, Canada's Simon Whitfield captured a silver medal in the men's individual triathlon.  Whitfield was a heavy favourite for Canada in the event and came through with a podium position.

Despite a low start to the Olympics, Canada's 13 medals now ranks the team in a 12th place tie with the Netherlands.

Canada still has hopes to capture medals in women's baseball and maybe also in men's baseball.  They could squeeze out a medal if they start to win in field hockey and also perhaps in women's volleyball.

The games are far from over and Canada has more medals to capture in the Beijing 2008 Summer Games.