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Edwards-Challenger leads Canada to Youth Olympic Games women's rugby final

Chanelle Edwards Challenger (number 3)
Chanelle Edwards Challenger (number 3)
Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

According to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games website on Tuesday, Calgary native Chanelle Edwards-Challenger scored a try as Canada defeated China 26-19 in the semi-finals of the women's rugby seven competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. With the victory, Canada has advanced to the gold medal game on Wednesday where they will face rugby superpower Australia.

Edwards-Challenger ended up with five points and was one of four Canadians to record a try in the playoff game. She was joined by Catherine Boureault of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Hannah Darling of Warsaw, Ontario and Madeleine Seatle of Oakville, Ontario.

Australia defeated the United States 33-10 in the other semi-final. The United States will play host China for the bronze medal.

The gold medal final appearance will guarantee a medal for Canada, their first of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Competition for the Youth Olympic Games began on Saturday.

Edwards-Challenger now has three tries in the tournament. She recorded two tries for ten points in Canada's 43-12 round robin victory over Tunisia. In the round robin, Canada finished in third place with a record of three wins and two losses. They also defeated Spain 31-0 and the United States 19-14, and lost to Australia 21-5 and China 24-10. In the men's final, Argentina will be playing France for the gold medal on Tuesday and Fiji is playing Kenya for the bronze medal.

This is a tremendous time for Canadian women's rugby. The Canadian national women's team just finished in second place at the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris, France. Team Canada, which included Calgary native Maria Samson, advanced to the final with a dramatic 18-16 win over host France last week before losing the gold medal game to England 21-9 on Sunday. After the gold medal game, Magali Harvey was named the 2014 International Rugby Board Women's Rugby player of the year.

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