BEIJING - Canadas medal drought in Beijing is over - and it came to an end with athletes winning one of each colour in quick succession Saturday. Josh Cribbs Jersey
. Freestyle wrestler Carol Huynh won the womens 48-kilogram final about 20 minutes after rowers Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen finished second in the mens pair to earn the countrys first trip to the podium at the Summer Games. Less than a half hour after Huynhs win, fellow wrestler Tonya Verbeek claimed bronze in the 55-kilogram event. Huynh posted a 4-0, 2-1 win in a one-sided final against Chiharu Icho of Japan. The 27-year-old from Hazelton, B.C., won gold at last years Pan American Games and a bronze medal at the 2005 world championship. She wiped away tears as O Canada was played after the medal presentation. "I was just thinking how proud I am to be Canadian," Huynh said. "And I was just thinking about the road to how I got here. Its been a long one but a good one." Huynh, making her first appearance on an Olympic podium, was thrilled her parents could share the moment with her. "I learned my work ethic from them," she said. "They worked so hard for us to have a better life. Theres five of us kids that they had to raise and support." Calder, from Victoria, and Frandsen, from Kelowna, B.C., clocked a time of six minutes 39.55 seconds, nearly five seconds ahead of the bronze medallists from New Zealand. The Canadians were about two seconds behind Australia for gold. "Im really proud of it and Scott is really proud of it," said Calder. "The Australians had a great push through the middle. We pushed back a little bit but congratulations to them. They definitely deserved that. "Were very happy with a silver medal today." Calder rowed in the mens pair four years ago in Athens. That crew was disqualified from the semifinal for leaving their lane. Frandsen was a member of the mens eight that finished fifth in 2004. Verbeek completed the triple for Canada when she beat Swedens Ida-Theres Nerell 1-0, 1-0. The native of Beamsville, Ont., won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics. "On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Carol Huynh, David Calder, Scott Frandsen and Tonya Verbeek for their exceptional accomplishments," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a statement. "Canada is delighted to see them standing tall on the podium with the worlds best athletes." "We are extremely proud of Canadas Olympic team competing in Beijing. Each day, our athletes exhibit dignity, respect, and dedication to their sport and to their country." The medal flurry comes as a welcome relief after Canada went without a trip to the podium during the first seven days of competition. There were three agonizing near-misses over that span - weightlifter Christine Girard fell three kilograms short of bronze, Mike Brown missed a bronze in the 200-metre breaststroke by 0.09 seconds and shot-putter Dylan Armstrong fell a centimetre short of third place. The pressure both in China - where expectations were high for the team coming in - and back at home - where anxious fans wondered how Canada could trail countries like Togo, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia in the medal standings - had been building, but should now start to ease. Meanwhile, three Canadians advanced to womens and mens trampoline finals next week. Rosannagh MacLennan of King City, Ont., was third and Karen Cockburn of Toronto fourth in the womens preliminary round, while Torontos Jason Burnett finished seventh among the men. The womens final is Monday followed by the men Tuesday at National Indoor Stadium. It was a bittersweet day for Canada at the womens three-metre springboard semifinal. Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver, B.C., qualified for the final, finishing 10th with a total of 324.6 points from six dives. The top 12 advanced to Sundays final. Jennifer Abel of Montreal just missed the cut, finishing 13th in 296.1. The struggles continued for the Canadian baseball team, beaten 5-4 by the United States for a third straight one-run loss. This one really hurt as they blew a 4-0 lead in falling to 1-3 at the Games, leaving them needing wins in their final three preliminary round contests to have any hope of reaching the semifinals. The womens softball team suffered an equally stunning loss, falling 2-0 to Venezuela. Canada (3-2) put runners on second and third with no outs, but couldnt push a run across against the upstart Venezuelans (2-3). "I thought we played well and hit hard, but unfortunately, we could not find the holes," said Canadian catcher Kaleigh Rafter. "They made some big plays and we just could not (get) any runs across." In other Canadian action: - Zach Bell of Watson Lake, Yukon placed seventh in the mens points cycling race. "It went pretty well," said Bell, one of two Yukon athletes competing at the Games. "I mean I knew I could ride a top-eight if I rode a good race for me, but if I rode a perfect race, it would be a top-five." - The struggles continued for the mens water polo team, which fell to 0-4 with a 13-7 loss to Greece. Kevin Graham and Aaron Feltham each scored three goals for Canada. "We played well three of the four quarters but Greece scored five goals in the first," said Nathaniel Miller of Beaconsfield, Que. "We cant give up such a big lead in an Olympic tournament." - Carline Muir of Toronto advanced to Sundays semifinals in the womens 400 metres. The 20-year-old ran a personal best 51.55 seconds to finish third in her heat and move on. "I pushed hard right to the end," said Muir. "It was an awesome way to start my first Olympic experience." - Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., set a Canadian record of 6,490 points en route to a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon. "I came here, I did my best, I got a Canadian record, and I got close to what I was aiming for, and I finished off strong so Im really happy," said Zelinka. - Kelsie Hendry of Saskatoon failed to advance out of the qualifying round in the womens pole vault. She cleared 4.30 metres, but missed on all three attempts at 4.40. "The experience I earned is great but my performance wasnt," Hendry said. "I have to take what I can from this and just learn." - Ashley Holzer of Toronto placed 15th in the individual dressage Grand Prix special, scoring 68.76 per cent aboard Pop Art. Ryan Mathews Jersey
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