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Before the curtain fell on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, on Monday, Team Canada’s athletes stepped up over the weekend and added more than 30 medals to the country’s tally.
Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, a host of Canadians took to the podium at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Halifax, led by Olympic medalist Katie Vincent and her hat trick of gold medals.
Continue reading for a recap of this weekend’s highlights:
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Team Canada’s final medal tally at the 2022 Commonwealth Games includes 26 gold, 32 silver and 34 bronze. This places the country third in the medal standings behind Australia (178 medals) and England (176 medals).
Among the highlights from the last few days of competition:
Diver Mia Valle won three medals, starting with a dominant gold medal victory in the women’s 1m springboard on Friday. She added bronze in the 3m and 3m synchronized events, the latter alongside Margot Erlam. Rylan Wiens won silver in the men’s 10m and 10m synchronized events, accompanied by teammate Nathan Zombor-Murray for the latter. Kaeli McKay won bronze in the women’s 10m event.
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Canada won 12 medals in wrestling, tied with India for the most medals in the sport. There were three gold medals in that total, with Amar Desi winning the men’s 125kg freestyle event, Nishan Randhawa winning the men’s 97kg freestyle event and Justina Di Stasio winning the women’s 76kg event.
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Camryn Rogers continued her impressive rise in the women’s hammer throw world by winning the gold medal after setting a Commonwealth Games record in the qualifying round. She was joined on the podium by teammate Gillian Weir, who won bronze 20 years after her father Robert won his own discus bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Olympic bronze medalist Evan Dunphy was impressive on Sunday as he marched to gold in the men’s 10km race walk while setting Canadian and Commonwealth Games records. Canada also won gold in the women’s 4x400m relay.
Canada won four medals in boxing, highlighted by reigning world champion Tamara Thibault, who took gold in the women’s 75kg event. She is the first Canadian woman to ever win Commonwealth Games gold in boxing.
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Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes successfully defended the gold medal they won four years ago when beach volleyball was first included in the Commonwealth Games. In the final, they defeated an Australian duo in three sets. This followed a silver medal from Sam Schachter and Daniel Dearing, who had lost their final to another Australian team.
Canada won five medals in rhythmic gymnastics, the most of any country. After gold in the team event, Carmel Kalemaa won silver in clubs and bronze in ribbon and hoop, while Suzanna Shahbazian won silver in ball.
Canada’s last medal won in Birmingham was silver by Michelle Lee in badminton. She lost the women’s singles final to former world champion and two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu of India.
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A year after becoming an Olympic medalist, Katie Vincent topped the podium three times at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Halifax.
All of her wins came in non-Olympic events, with Vincent rowing to gold in the women’s C-1 5000m and being part of the women’s C-4 500m and C-2 500m medley golds, the latter with Connor Fitzpatrick . Vincent finished fifth in the C-1 200m, which is part of the Olympic program. She and Sloane McKenzie placed sixth in the C-2 500 meters.
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Sophia Jensen won silver in the non-Olympic C-1 500m event and was also part of the C-4 500m victory. Andreane Langlois and Tosha Hrebachka won bronze in the women’s non-Olympic K-2 200m event. Canada’s only medal in the men’s events was Craig Spence and Brett Himmelman’s bronze in the non-Olympic C-2 1000m.
Another Diamond League medal for Mitton
Just three days after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games, Sarah Mitton headed to Poland where she won a bronze medal in the shot put at the Diamond League meeting in Chozów. It was her second Diamond League podium of the season as she threw 19.44m. Mitton qualified for the Diamond League Finals, which will be held in Zurich in early September.