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Canadian Gold: MacLennan wins Canada's first gold medal at London Games

Canada's Rosannagh MacLennan, from King City, Ont., holds up her gold medal for the women's trampoline at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Saturday, August 4, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

LONDON - Canada's wait for a gold medal is over.

Rosannagh MacLennan won gold in women's trampoline with a sharp final routine that held off a pair of highly favoured Chinese athletes.

She beamed as the medal was placed around her neck and waved to the crowd as "O Canada" was played.

"I'm ecstatic, it hasn't quite hit me yet," MacLennan said. "I'm really happy."

The King City, Ont., native topped the eight-woman final with 57.305 points, a massive improvement over her seventh-place finish in Beijing four years ago.

"I was shocked. It's the biggest score that I've ever gotten and I knew that it would be a tough one to catch," she said. "But you never want to get ahead of yourself, you want to wait until all the competitors are done."

Shanshan Huang won silver with 56.730 points and Chinese compatriot Wenna He took the bronze with 55.950.

Huang's final routine pushed Karen Cockburn off the podium. The Stouffville, Ont., native finished fourth with 55.860 after winning medals in the last three Olympics.

"Rosie was really strong, her score was huge," Cockburn said. "The other gymnasts could feel the heat after her score. I wasn't really surprised that she won. We pushed each other hard in training, I'm really happy for her."

Elsewhere in the Olympics:

— Toronto natives Alex Bruce and Michelle Li fell 21-9, 21-10 to Russia to finish fourth in women's doubles badminton.

— Edmonton's Paula Findlay was 52nd, last among finishers in women's triathlon. Kathy Tremblay of Pincourt, Que., crashed during the cycling race and did not finish.

— Morgan Jarvis of Clearwater Bay, B.C., and Douglas Vandor of Dewittville, Que., finished second behind Australia in the men's lightweight double sculls C final.

— Canada's men's four rowing team finished third in the B final behind winner Belarus and Italy.

— Victoria natives Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee won the B final in the women's lightweight double sculls.

— Canada's men's table tennis team fell to Japan 3-0 in a first-round match.

— Zach Bell of North Vancouver, B.C., was seventh after the 250-metre flying lap in the first leg of track cycling's omnium.

— Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., advanced to the men's 100 semifinals with a third-place finish in his heat. His personal-best time of 10.09 seconds matched world record holder Usain Bolt — although Bolt easily won his heat.

— Daundre Barnaby of Brampton, Ont., finished sixth in his men's 400 heat to miss out on a semifinal spot.

— Melanie Blouin of Quebec City finished tied for ninth place with a result of 4.25 metres in her women's pole vault group to miss out on Monday's final.

— Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., improved to eighth overall in women's heptathlon with one event left. She recovered from an 11th-place result in long jump with a third-place showing in javelin. Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Sask., moved to 14th ahead of the 800 metres.

— Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., both advanced to the women's three-metre springboard diving final. Abel was fourth in qualifying with 353.25 points while Heymans followed in eighth with 331.35.

— Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., had a clean run through the first qualifier to match 31 other riders at equestrian's individual jumping competition. Ian Millar of Perth, Ont., knocked down one gate for four points. Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, Ont., also knocked down a gate and had a time penalty point for five, while Tiffany Foster, also of Schomberg, knocked down two gates for eight points.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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