Through three days of the Summer Olympics, the women of stolen the show.
LaSalle native Kylie Masse won Canada’s third medal in the pool, claiming bronze in the women’s 100-metre backstroke. Masse finished in a tie for third with a Canadian record time of 58.76 seconds.
Canada, which hadn’t had a women’s Olympic swimming medal since the 1996 Atlanta Games, has sent a swimmer to the podium for three straight days.
Masse’s bronze came hours after Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team won a historic medal, defeating Great Britain 33-10. Ghislaine Landry had two tries and four conversions to lead the way.
The bronze by the sevens rugby squad means Canada has now won a medal in a team sport in back to back Olympics. The women’s soccer team won bronze four years ago in London and is in contention again in Rio.
The women’s soccer team, which includes Londoners Jessie Fleming and Shelina Zadorsky, will try to improve to 3-0 Tuesday when they face second-ranked Germany at 3 p.m. Canada opened the Olympic tournament with a 3-1 victory over Zimbabwe and a 2-0 triumph over Australia. Regardless of what happens, Canada has already qualified for the quarter-finals.
Another Londoner will compete on day four of the Olympics, TJ Sanders competes in men’s volleyball against Brazil at 9:35 p.m. Sanders and company will be in tough, Brazil is the top ranked team at the Olympics but the Canadians go into the match having already upset the Americans 3-0 in group play on the weekend. The Brazilians have won a gold medal and two silvers in the last three Olympics.
Medals are possible in women’s 10-metre synchronized platform and men’s judo. Diving duo Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion, are the reigning bronze medallists in that discipline and are in contention to pick up another medal.
Antoine Valois-Fortier is looking to repeat his performance from four years ago in London, or improve upon it, in judo. He won bronze four years ago, winning Canada’s first medal in the sport in 12 years.
A swimmer with a famous name will be in the pool tonight. Ashton Baumann, son of Alex Baumann, will compete in the men’s 200-metre breaststroke. Alex Baumann won a pair of gold medals at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, in both the 200 and 400 metre medleys.
The Canadian men’s field hockey team will try for its first win in three games Tuesday. They will be in tough against the Dutch, the world’s second ranked team. Canada opened the Rio tournament with losses to Germany and Argentina.
Canada starts day four of the Rio Games with one silver and three bronze, good for 24th place in the medal standings.
Canada’s first multi-medal day of the Olympics has the country on pace to reach the goal of 19 podium finishes.