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Canada close on record gold haul

Updated: Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 23:13

Canada close on record gold haul

Kevin Martin's curlers, snowboarder Jasey Jay Anderson and the speedskating team pursuit trio of Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison took Canada's gold medal haul to 13 on the penultimate day of the Vancouver Games.

They ensured Canada would end the Games with the most golds and a 14th from their ice hockey men in Sunday's final against the USA would break the record for most golds at a Winter Games, surpassing the tallies of the Soviet Union in 1976 and Norway in 2002.

That provided considerable consolation for not achieving Canadian Olympic officials' pre-Games prediction that the 117million Canadian dollars 'Own The Podium' programme would enable Team Canada to win the most medals, with the USA team certain to take that plaudit.

Canada skip Martin led his side to a 6-3 win over Norway at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Martin only needed to remove a Norwegian stone out of the way with his hammer on the 10th and final end and when he did so he threw both arms into the air to celebrate.

After the medal ceremony Martin said: ‘It's an amazing feeling. I was saying to the guys as we were walking to the podium, it was like we are walking through a dream. Everything has become real.’

Earlier Switzerland had claimed the bronze medal, beating Sweden 5-4.

Canada beat the USA in the men's team pursuit final at the Vancouver Olympics. Morrison, Makowsky and Giroux posted a winning time of three minutes 41.37 seconds for the eight-lap race.

‘It is a weight off the shoulders,’ said Morrison. ‘It is representing Canada. It was amazing.’

Sven Kramer featured in the Holland quartet that took the bronze, beating Norway in the third-place race.

Germany's quartet of Daniela Anschutz Thoms, Stephanie Beckert, Anna Friesinger-Postma and Katrin Mattscherodt won gold in the women's team pursuit final, edging Japan into silver by two-hundredths of a second with Poland claiming the bronze.

Anderson claimed his gold in freestyle skiing's parallel giant slalom in the last event on Cypress Mountain.

Anderson beat top-ranked Benjamin Karl of Austria by 0.35 seconds. Mathieu Bozzetto of France took the bronze medal.

Giuliano Razzoli gave Italy its first gold medal of the Vancouver Games with victory in the men's slalom race.

Razzoli, making his Olympics debut, led after the first leg and clinched gold with a combined time of one minute 39.32 seconds to become the first Italian man to win an alpine medal since Alberto Tomba in 1994.

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic took the silver - his second of the Games - 0.16 seconds back and the bronze went to Sweden's Andre Myhrer, who was 0.44 seconds adrift.

Bode Miller straddled the fifth gate in foggy conditions on the Dave Murray course and therefore failed to become the first man to win four Alpine medals in the same Olympics.

Austria's Benjamin Raich, the defending champion, had to settle for fourth.

‘It's a dream because I worked a long time training for this day,’ said Razzoli. ‘Now I'm here with a gold medal, it's incredible.’

Myhrer reached the podium after posting the best second-leg time - 0.46 faster than any rival - after being 10th in the morning.

United States, piloted by Steven Holcomb, took bobsleigh gold to deny Germany's Andre Lange a third successive four-man Olympic title and prevent the two-man champion from a gold double as the final medals were won on the notorious Whistler Sliding Center track.

Holcomb, going last, delivered a clean final run in 51.52 seconds for an overall winning time of three minutes 24.46 seconds, 0.38 seconds faster than Lange's Germans, with CAN1, piloted by Lyndon Rush, in third to claim a bronze for Canada.

There was a gold medal for Pole Justyna Kowalczyk in cross country skiing's ladies 30km mass start.

Kowalczyk posted a time of one hour 30 minutes and 33.7 seconds. Norway's Marit Bjoergen took the silver 0.3 seconds adrift while the bronze went to Finn Aino-Kaisa Saarinen.

Finland won the bronze medal beating Slovakia 5-3 in their third place match at Canada Hockey Place.

Olli Jokinen struck twice in quick succession in the third period to complete an impressive fightback by the Finns.

Sarni Salo had fired them ahead in the first period but the Slovakians seized the initiative in the second period, goals from Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa and Pavol Demitra giving them a 3-1 lead.

Niklas Hagman's third period goal sparked the Finnish revival before Jokinen's quickfire double fired them 4-3 ahead.

Valtteri Filppula's late goal ensured there was no way back for the Slovakians.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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