It came down to a photo finish with Mark De Jonge taking the bronze medal in the Mens K1-200 Kayak Race very early Saturday morning. Whoooo whoooo!
That makes 18 medals for Canada.
CTVOlympics.ca has the full story.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:39 AM ET
Canada’s Mark de Jonge Wins Olympic Bronze
- Emily Sadler, CTVOlympics.ca Staff
Canada’s Mark de Jonge captured Olympic bronze in the men’s K-1 200m on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The race was extremely close throughout; a photo finish was needed to determine silver and bronze, but de Jonge’s time of 36.657 seconds was enough to land him on the podium.
Craviotto and de Jonge were also stroke-for-stroke during their semi-final race on Day 14, with de Jonge coming out on top.
London 2012 marks the debut of all 200-metre events; they replace the men’s 500-metre events.
De Jonge, 28, entered the competition as a wildcard, having not competed in a major national competition this season. He broke a finger during a spring training session and was sidelined for the 2012 World Cup season.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said de Jonge after the race. “I just had to squeeze out everything I had.”
Just a few years ago, de Jonge did not think he would even have a chance to compete in the Olympic Games, let alone earn an Olympic medal.
After narrowly missing out on a trip to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as part of the men’s K-4 500m crew, the sprint specialist put down his paddle and started a new chapter of his life as a civil engineer in his hometown of Halifax, N.S.
But soon after officials announced the Olympic event change from 500- to 200-metre, de Jonge knew he would be back. He was granted a leave of absence from his career and took to the water once again.
This is Canada’s 18th medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the third earned by a Canadian in a canoe/kayak event.
Canada is now tied with its Beijing 2008 medal count.