Year in Review 2016: Top Canadian moments at Rio

 

10. Evan Dunfee’s controversial Olympic result

For a single afternoon, Richmond, B.C.’s Evan Dunfee was an Olympic bronze medallist. The race walker was eventually bumped back to fourth place in the 50-kilometre event after a controversial ruling. With about a kilometre to go, Hirooki Arai of Japan bumped Dunfee in third while trying to pass him. Arai was quickly disqualified from the event and stripped of his bronze medal, bumping Dunfee onto the podium. Several hours later, Japan had successfully appealed the ruling, pushing Dunfee back down to fourth place. "The second I saw the video I didn’t think it was anything worth disqualifying him over,” Dunfee said. “We had the option to appeal the Japanese decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. I told our team I didn’t want to pursue that. “The first thing he said to me was he was sorry and I think that was a big testament to the kind of person he is." Click here to read more.

9. Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion win bronze in 10-metre synchronized diving

The duo took the bronze medal together in the 10-metre synchronized event, defending the medal they had won four years ago at the 2012 London Games. Benfeito capped off her Rio run in style after winning her second bronze and first individual medal. “I’ve always said that if I became a double Olympic medallist, I would stop diving,” Benfeito said. “But I want to continue and my decision (to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Games) had already been made.”

8. Brianne Theisen-Eaton wins bronze in women’s haptathlon

After struggling on the first day, the two-time world silver medallist from Humboldt, Sask., fought back with strong performances in the long jump, javelin and 800-metre events to win the bronze medal. Theisen-Eaton was proud of herself, which just a year ago might not have been the case. It was at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing where Theisen-Eaton unraveled, settling for silver when the feeling was that she was almost assured of the gold. She described the result as catastrophic and a failure. Rio threatened to be even worse, but a lot can change in a year."Going into this, I probably wouldn't have said, 'Yeah, I want a bronze medal,' but I'm really, really happy with it," Theisen-Eaton shared with Yahoo Canada Sports. "The Olympics is tough. If it wasn't tough just to get here there would be a lot more people competing in it." Click here to read more.

7. Derek Drouin wins golf in Men’s High Jump

The 26-year-old from Corunna, Ont., became the first Canadian to win gold in the high jump since Duncan McNaughton at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Drouin was perfect through six attempts, winning with a season-best height of 2.38 metres. After taking a single run at 2.40 metres and missing, in an attempt to break the Olympic record of 2.39, an emotional Drouin held up the Canadian flag, tearing up as he faced his parents and his sisters in the stands. Click here to read more.

6. Erica Wiebe wins gold in Women’s Freestyle 75 kg

The 27-year-old from Ottawa dominated Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan to win Olympic gold in the final of the 75-kilogram category and continue Canada’s medal streak in women’s wrestling. With the victory, Wiebe follows in the footsteps of two-time Olympic medallist Carol Huynh, the winner of Canada’s first-ever gold in women’s wrestling in Beijing eight years ago, and Tonya Verbeek, who finished on the podium at three separate Games. Click here to read more.

5. Canada wins bronze in women’s soccer

After winning bronze in London, the Canadian women’s national soccer team waited four long years for another shot at Olympic gold. The team fell short of its goal and wound up settling for bronze with a 2-1 win over Brazil. Nevertheless, the Canadian women went into the Olympics ranked No. 10 in the world by FIFA. Their performance in Rio moved them up to No. 4, the team’s highest ranking ever. Click here to read more.

4. Rosie MacLennan wins back-to-back Olympic golds in women’s trampoline

Four years after winning the gold medal in London, Rosie MacLennan made Canada proud once again with her second straight gold medal in women’s trampoline. The King City, Ont., native became the first Canadian summer athlete to ever defend an Olympic title in an individual event.Click here to read more.

3. Canada wins historic bronze medal in women’s rugby sevens

The bronze medal in the inaugural women's rugby sevens Olympic tournament belonged to Canada, as the team defeated Great Britain 33-10. The team made incredible sacrifices for their success, including every player moving to Langford, B.C., on Vancouver Island to centralize their training. For some that meant leaving family and friends behind. As the team finally came home with an Olympic bronze medal around their necks, there’s not even a question on whether it was all worth it."I feel like a superhero and I know all 11 of my teammates feel that way too," said captain Jen Kish. "What a freaking historic moment for us. Now I know what our Canadian women's soccer team felt like when they got bronze (at London 2012)." Click here to read more.

2. Andre De Grasse’s bromance with Usain Bolt

De Grasse exploded onto the Olympic scene in Rio, capturing Canada's attention with three medal wins at the 2016 Summer Games. The Toronto native picked up a bronze in the men's 100m, a bronze in the men's 4x100m relay, and a silver in the men's 200m. Canadians were thrilled with De Grasse's performance, but it was his burgeoning bromance with "the fastest man in the world" that really captured the world's attention. The two ran several heats together throughout the Games, including all three finals where De Grasse came up short. It's photos like the one above that became some of the most popular memes to develop from the Rio Games.

1. Penny Oleksiak wins gold in Women’s 100m Freestyle

It sure didn’t take long for 16-year-old Toronto native Penny Oleksiak to solidify her status as one of the most successful Olympians in Canada’s history at the Games. the 2016 Rio Olympic Games saw Oleksiak become the first Canadian athlete to win four medals at a single Summer Games. Oleksiak shared the gold medal in the women’s 100m freestyle with American Simone Manuel, one of four medals that Penny brought home from Rio. The others include a bronze in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, a bronze in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay, and a silver in the women’s 100m butterfly.