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1 August 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today congratulated the men’s eight rowing crew on their silver medal, and swimmer Brent Hayden on his bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

“It is with both pleasure and pride that I congratulate our men’s eight rowing crew on winning a silver medal, and swimmer Brent Hayden on his bronze medal in the men’s 100-metre freestyle today in London,” said the Prime Minister. “Our gifted athletes have shown once again that they are among the world’s best. These medals are a true testament of passion and dedication to their sport."

Canada’s men’s eight rowing crew – whose members are Gabe Bergen, Jeremiah Brown, Andrew Byrnes, Will Crothers, Doug Csima, Rob Gibson, Malcolm Howard, Conlin McCabe and Brian Price – train out of Victoria, British Columbia. Last year, the crew finished in third place in both the 2011 World Championships and the 2011 World Cup 2.

This is the second Olympic medal for returning crew members Andrew Byrnes, Malcolm Howard and Brian Price, following their gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

Brent Hayden, of Mission, British Columbia, also competed in the 2008 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games. This is his first Olympic medal. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Mr. Hayden ranked as the world’s fastest in the 100-metre freestyle.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are being held from July 27 to August 12 in London, United Kingdom. Canada is being represented by more than 275 athletes who are competing in a 26 sport program scheduled around London. More than 10,500 athletes, coaches and team officials from at least 200 countries are participating in these Summer Olympic Games.

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