“Mr. Weinberger displayed incredible determination and athleticism today,” said Prime Minister Harper. “On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my most sincere congratulations to him on this impressive achievement.”
Richard Weinberger, of Victoria, British Columbia, is a first time Olympian and this is his first Olympic medal. Mr. Weinberger earned a spot in London 2012 with a silver medal finish in the men’s 10-kilometre race at the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) Olympic Marathon Swimming qualifier. In 2011, Mr. Weinberger won gold in the 10 km men's open water event at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
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.