Canadian hammer thrower Camryn Rogers topped the podium in the women’s final on Saturday for the country’s 22nd gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe claimed silver with a throw of 69.63m, while fellow Canadian Jillian Weir of Kingston, Ont., captured bronze (67.35m).
Canada’s Kaila Butler finished eighth with a best throw of 64.22m.
Rogers advanced to the final on Thursday while setting a new Games record with a throw 74.68m to lead the qualifying round.
Canada has also won 29 silver and 33 bronze for a total of 84 medals through nine days of competition, which currently has them third in the standings.
Wreslters Di Stasio, Randhawa win gold medals
Canadian wrestler Justina Di Stasio topped the podium in the women’s 76-kilogram division earlier on Saturday.
The 29-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., claimed a 4-2 points victory over Nigeria’s Hannah Rueben in the gold-medal match at Coventry Arena.
Di Stasio, who also won a world title in 2018, advanced to the final after a pair of dominant wins earlier in the day. She beat Australia’s Naomi de Bruine 10-0 in the quarter-finals and went on to defeat India’s Pooja Sihag 6-0 in the semifinals.
Abbotsford, B.C.’s Nishan Randhawa also won a gold medal with a victory in the men’s 97 kg final, defeating South Africa’s Nicolaas De Lange 9-3.
The 24-year-old booked his spot in the gold-medal match with a 7-0 win over Pakistan’s Tayab Raza in the semis. Randhawa won a close match against India’s Deepak Nehra earlier on Saturday in the quarter-finals, coming out on top 8-6.
Kallemaa claims 3 medals in rhythmic gymnastics
Canada got off to a strong start on Saturday with four medals in rhythmic gymnastics.
Carmel Kallemaa led the way with three medals. The 24-year-old from Toronto won silver in the clubs event and bronze in both the ribbon and hoop events.
Kallemaa began the day by earning 28.200 points in the hoop, finishing third behind Anna Sokolova of Cyprus (28.300) and Gemma Frizelle of Wales (28.700), who made history as the first Welsh gymnast to win hoop gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Fellow Canadian Tatiana Cocsanova finished fifth (27.100).
Kallemaa went on to earn 29.100 points in clubs while leading all competitors with an 8.200 execution score.
Australian Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva won gold ahead of Kallemaa with 29.400 points for her third medal in Birmingham. Malaysia’s Izzah Amzan took bronze (28.600)
Kallemaa added her second bronze of the day with 27.500 points in ribbon. Malaysia’s Ng Joe Ee won gold (27.800), finishing ahead of Scotland’s Louise Christie (27.550).
Kallemaa also helped Canada win gold in the team final on Thursday.
Montreal’s Suzanna Shahbazian claimed silver in the ball event with 29.050 points for her second medal of these Games.
Joe Ee won another gold medal with 29.700, while Sokolova rounded out the podium with 28.800 points.
Hammer thrower Katzberg wins silver
Ethan Katzberg won Canada’s third silver medal of the day in the men’s hammer throw final.
The 20-year-old from Nanaimo, B.C., set a new personal best with a throw of 76.36 metres on his fifth of six attempts.
England’s Nick Miller won gold (76.43m) and Alexandro Poursanidis of Cyprus captured bronze with a season-best throw of 73.97m.
Vallée, Erlam dive to bronze
The Canadian diving duo of Mia Vallée and Margo Erlam added to the country’s impressive medal total in the pool with bronze in the women’s synchronized three-metre springboard final.
The Canadians amassed 297.00 points over five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Birmingham.
Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith won all five rounds while topping the podium with 316.53 points.
Malaysia’s Ng Yan Yee and Nur Dhabitah bumped the Canadians out of silver position with a strong final dive — forward 2½ somersaults 1 twist — that earned 67.50 points for a total of 299.85.
It’s Vallée’s second medal of these Games, having also won gold in the women’s one-metre springboard on Friday.
Canadian wrestlers continue to shine
Along with Di Stasio’s gold medal, Canada’s freestyle wrestlers added four more medals on the final day of wrestling.
Samantha Stewart claimed silver in the women’s 53 kg Nordic tournament with a 6-5 points win over Nigeria’s Mercy Adekuoroye. In the Nordic format, wrestlers compete in a round-robin to determine the top three wrestlers.
The 32-year-old from Fredericton, N.B., dropped her opening match of the day, as she was pinned by India’s Vinesh Phogat, who went on to win gold. But she bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win over Sri Lanka’s Chamodya Keshani Maduravalage Don.
Madison Parks of Komoka, Ont., made it all the way to the gold-medal match in the women’s 50 kg division, but she was pinned in the final by Nigeria’s Mercy Genesis, leaving her with a silver medal.
Coquitlam, B.C.’s Darthe Capellan won his bronze-medal match in the men’s 57 kg category, defeating Jakobo Tau of South Africa 12-2.
Jasmit Phulka of Abbotsford, B.C., added Canada’s fourth wrestling medal of the day in the men’s 74 kg division with a commanding 11-1 victory over New Zealand’s Cole Hawkins in the bronze-medal match.
Dhillon, Sanford, Al-Ahmadieh earn boxing bronze
Boxer Priyanka Dhillon took home a bronze medal in the women’s 48-kilogram division after making it to the semifinals.
The Winnipeg native started the competition by winning 4-1 on points against Kenya’s Christine Ongare, who won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. But Dhillon went on to lose her semifinal match to India’s Nitu Ghanghas after the referee called a stop to the contest in the third round.
Bronze medals are automatically awarded to the semifinal losers.
Dhillon also captured bronze at the 2022 AMBC Continental Championships in March, where she represented Canada for the first time.
Canadian Olympian Wyatt Sanford was also awarded a bronze medal in the men’s 63.5 kg division after losing on points to Scotland’s Reese Lynch in the semifinals.
The 23-year-old from Kennetcook, N.S., advanced to the medal bout following three straight wins.
Sanford opened competition with a stoppage victory over Niue’s De Niro Pao, and he followed it up with points decisions over Lesotho’s Qhobosheane Mohlerepe in the round of 16 and Uganda’s Joshua Tukamuhebwa in the quarter-finals.
Keoma-Ali Al-Ahmadieh took home Canada’s third boxing bronze medal of the day in the men’s 57 kg division. He was unable to compete in the semifinal due to injury, sending Ireland’s Jude Gallagher to the semifinal by walkover.
The Montreal native was on a strong run after points victories over Australia’s Charlie Senior in the round of 16 and Guyanese Olympian Keevin Allicock in the quarter-finals.
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