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Big day doesn’t materialize for Canada at Olympic Games

Canada's Dylan Armstrong packs his bag after his last throw in the mens shotput final at the 2012 Summer Olympics Friday, August 3, 2012 in London. Armstrong finished in fifth place.

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Three strikes for Canada on three medal chances Friday.

Shot put, men's trampoline and the men's rowing pair didn't yield a podium finish.

Canada's medal count remains at two silver, five bronze.

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Canada remains in contention for a top-12 finish in the overall medal standings because of a large drop-off in medals won by countries outside the top 10.

The good:

— The women's soccer team advances to the semifinals with 2-0 win over host Britain.

— The women's basketball team is into the quarter-finals with a 79-73 win over Brazil.

— Victoria's Ryan Cochrane posts third-fastest time in qualifying to advance to 1,500-metre freestyle final.

— Calgary's Jessica Zelinka bounces back from rough high jump with a strong 200 metres to sit third in hepathlon.

— Custio Clayton of Dartmouth, N.S., makes boxing quarter-finals in men's welterweight division.

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— Synchronized diving bronze winners Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., qualify fourth and sixth for the individual springboard semifinals.

The bad:

— Shot put medal contender Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., throws well off his personal best and finishes fifth.

— Jason Burnett of Nobleton, Ont., makes a fatal mistake on his second manouvre in the men's trampoline final to fall out of contention. Burnett was a silver medalist in 2008.

— The rowing men's pair of Victoria's Dave Calder and Scott Fransen of Kelowna, B.C., finish sixth.

Grade: C

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Victoria's Ryan Cochrane in the pool and Karen Cockburn of Stouffville, Ont., and Rosannagh MacLennan of King City, Ont., on the trampoline are Canada's top medal contenders on Day 8.

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