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Team Canada wins three medals at Youth Olympics

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According to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games website on Wednesday, team Canada won three medals at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The Canadian women's rugby sevens team captured a silver medal and Canadian rowers contributed to two bronze medals.

In rugby, Canada lost the gold medal final on Wednesday by a score of 38-10 to Australia. The Canadian team had a round robin record of three wins and two losses after victories over the United States, Tunisia and Spain and losses to China and Australia. However the Canadian team got to the gold medal game after a semi-final victory over China by a score of 26-19 on Tuesday. China defeated the United States 12-0 also on Wednesday in the gold medal game.

Moanda Anglo of Wilcox, Saskatchewan and Hannah Darling of Warsaw, Ontario led team Canada with four tries each during the tournament. A total of Canadian women's rugby players registered a try during the Youth Olympic Games.

This is an outstanding time at the moment in women's rugby in Canada. On Sunday, the Canadian national women's team played in the gold medal game for the first time in the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris, France before losing to England 21-9.

In rowing, the Canadian pair of Larissa Werbicki of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Caileigh Filmer of Victoria, British Columbia won the bronze medal in the junior women's pairs. The Romanian pair of Cristina Georgiana Popescu and Denisa Tilvescu won the gold medal with the Chinese pair of Yadan Luo and Jie Pan winning silver.

Werbicki and Filmer's time was 3:37.75, a full one and a half seconds faster than the fourth place team from the United States. Romania's gold medal winning time was 3:37.32 and China's silver medal winning time was 3:37.52.

Canada's other rowing medal came from Dan De Groot of St. Catharines, Ontario. De Groot won the bronze medal in the junior men's single sculls. De Groot posted a time of 3:22.21 which was 1.68 seconds faster than Chris Lawrie of Great Britain. Tim Ole Naske of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 3:21.22 and Boris Yotov of Azerbaijan won the silver medal with a time of 3:21.82.

China leads the overall medal standings with 23 including 11 gold medals. Canada sits tied for 26th in the medal standings with the Netherlands and Venezuela.

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