Danyck Brière and George Lambert IV won a silver medal for Canada in doubles tenpin bowling, and shooter Lynda Hare earned a bittersweet bronze at the Pan American Games yesterday.
Brière, from Lachine, Que., and Lambert, from Stoney Creek, Ont., finished second with 4,891 points behind the United States, which had 5,020, and ahead of Columbia, which had 4,877.
The Canadians were leading until the 11th of 12 games, when the United States took the lead with a score of 490.
Hare, from Edmonton, needed to win the gold or silver medal in the women's 10-metre air pistol to qualify for the Athens Olympic Games next year.
She was one shot away from booking her trip, but fell short, scoring 473.7 points, just 0.3 behind the 474 of silver medalist Amanda Haydee Mondol Cuellar of Colombia.
"I was pretty devastated," said Hare, who will turn 23 next month. "It's exciting that I won, but I didn't feel I shot to my potential."
She broke down in tears after and was comforted by her father and coach, Bill Hare, who competed at three Olympic and three Pan Am Games.
"I'm a little bit disappointed for her," he said.
"She came so close, but I'm still very proud. She hung on and got a medal."
Francis Gorrin of Venezuela won the gold medal with 477.1 points, the first gold of the Games not won by the United States or Cuba.
The United States took four of the six gold medals available on Saturday, while Cuba had the others.
Canada's medal total improved to three.
The women's gymnastics team picked up a silver on Saturday.
Calgary trap shooter Tye Bietz didn't end up on the podium, but was much happier than Hare.
His fourth-place finish was good enough to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Bietz, 19, needed to hit his final target to book his trip.
"At the end, the pressure started to mount," said Bietz, who shot a personal best in the qualifying round by hitting 115 of 125 targets.
"When you pull the trigger and see the trap disappear, all of the tension disappears. It's a great feeling."
American Lance Bade won the trap shooting competition with a score of 147.
The silver medal went to Rodrigo Vastos of Brazil, who had 146 points, followed by Danilo Caro of Colombia with 141.
Bietz had 140.
The Canadian women's water polo team opened its quest for an Olympic berth by defeating Brazil 12-4.
Cora Campbell of Calgary scored four times, while Marie-Luc Arpin of Saint-Lambert, Que., had three goals.
Johanne Begin of Montreal and Sue Gardiner of North Vancouver, B.C., each scored twice, while Jana Salat of Montreal rounded out the scoring.
Canada must win the tournament to secure a trip to Athens. The women finished fifth in the Sydney Games in 2000.
"This is the hardest team sport to qualify for the Olympics," coach Pat Oaten said.
"Top-nine teams in the world are separated by one goal."
In women's basketball, Michelle Hendry of Terrace, B.C., scored 21 points, but Canada still fell to 0-2 after a 56-53 loss to the United States.
Canada led 29-26 at halftime and was up four points at the end of the third quarter, but the Americans outscored Canada 16-9 in the fourth quarter.
The Canadian men's beach volleyball team of Djordje Ljubicic and Mike Slean of Toronto, seeded fourth, opened with a 21-11, 21-9 victory over 12th-seeded Shervin Rankin and Olney Thompson of the Cayman Islands.
The singles bowling events will begin today.
Robin Crawford of St. Catharines, Ont., and Jennifer Willis of Duncan, B.C., were fifth in the women's doubles event.