Canada's added its second medal of the day, and for Brent Hayden, bronze is as good as gold.
Hayden finished third in the 100m freestyle Wednesday in 47.80, behind only Nathan Adrian of the US and James Magnussen of Australia. Hayden won Canada's sixth medal, and fifth bronze, of the 2012 Olympics.
Hayden beat his qualifying time of 48:13 to nab another podium spot for Canada. Hayden was ranked fourth after the semis, but held off Yannick Agnel of France to take bronze by .o4 seconds.
Hayden was in second place though the first 50 metres and let loose at the end, he told CTV.
With 25 metres left, right when it started to hurt, i just told myself Brent, this could be the last 100 meter freestyle you ever swim - just go for it.
The finish also healed a four year-old wound, after Hayden missed the final of the 2008 Olympics. At he time, he was the reigning world champion.