Beamsville's Tonya Verbeek takes silver in London
Beamsville's Tonya Verbeek has picked up another silver in London for her Olympic medal collection.
Verbeek went down to Japan's Saori Yoshida in the gold medal match in 55kg women's wrestling.
Yoshida is a familiar opponent. The Japanese wrestler beat Verbeek on the mat at the Athens & Beijing Olympics & last year's world championships.
Last month Verbeek told 610 CKTB's Tim Denis, breaking down Yoshida's distinct wrestling style is something she's been working on for years & had been the focus of her pre-London training.
Verbeek's silver in London will be added to the Olympic silver she picked up in 2004 & bronze 2008.
Verbeek's is the 3rd medal of the London Summer Games to be won by an Olympian with Niagara ties. Last week, Thorold rower Natalie Mastracci & the women's 8 crew picked up silver. The men's 8 crew also took silver. In the boat, Andrew Byrnes, a member of the St. Catharines Rowing Club.
Team Canada has 16 medals now in London- 1 gold, 5 silver & 10 bronze. They're hoping for a top-12 finish at the Summer Games.