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Andreescu joins list of Canadian sport surprises

Bianca Andreescu's win at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament is just the latest major Canadian underdog to triumph. Here are some other examples of Canadian athletes and teams that pulled off improbable victories on international sporting stages: Percy Williams, the wins came five years after doctors suggested he cut back on physical activities after being diagnosed with rheumatic fever. Lori Fung, ranked 23rd in the world entering the 1984 Olympics, the rhythmic gymnast from Vancouver captured gold as the sport made its Games debut in Los Angeles. Kerrin Lee-Gartner is the only Canadian to ever win Olympic downhill gold. Simon Whitfield, a 25-year-old triathlete from Kingston, Ont., entered the inaugural Olympic triathlon in Sydney, Australia ranked 13th in the world. Whitfield survived a crash in the bike portion of the race to win Canada's first gold of the Games. Shawn Barber, a pole vaulter that had won an NCAA title and a Pan American Games gold, but faced a stacked field at the 2015 world championships. Barber beat out defending champion Raphael Holzdeppe of Germany and world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie of France for gold. Penny Oleksiak at the age of 16, the swimmer from Toronto captured four medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, highlighted by gold in the 100 metre freestyle. In 2017 the Canadian U-19 Men's Basketball Team, with current Duke star RJ Barrett leading the way, captured its first-ever world basketball title in Egypt.
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