Kayaker Mark de Jonge wins Canada's 18th medal of the London Games
Canada has equalled its medal total at the Beijing Olympics with its 18th visit to the podium in London.
Sprint kayaker Mark de Jonge, 28, took bronze in the 200-kilometre race, marking the first time he's won an Olympic medal.
"I wasn't nervous," de Jonge said in a statement distributed by the Canadian Olympic Committee. "I felt comfortable and I felt so much support from back home. It was a good race. It was not my perfect race, but I am so happy to get a medal!"
In April, the Halifax resident broke a middle finger when he dropped a dumbbell, but managed to recover well enough for the Summer Games.
De Jonge finished behind the gold-medal winner, Britain’s Ed McKeever, and silver medallist Saul Rivero Craviotto of Spain.
It's de Jonge's first medal in a major competition since he took silver in the 1,000-metre kayak race at the 2007 Pan American Games. He won bronze in the same competition in 2003 in the 1,500-metre race.