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Before the curtain fell on Monday for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Team Canada athletes turned up the heat over the weekend, adding more than 30 medals to the country’s tally.
Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, several Canadians paddled to the podium at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Halifax, led by Olympic gold medalist Katie Vincent and her hat-trick of gold medals.
Read on for a recap of this weekend’s highlights:
Commonwealth Games: medals, medals, medals 🤩
Team Canada’s final medal count at the 2022 Commonwealth Games includes 26 gold, 32 silver and 34 bronze medals. This puts the country in third place in the medal ranking behind Australia (178 medals) and England (176 medals).
The highlights of the last few days of competition:
Jumper Mia Vallée won three medals starting with a dominant gold medal win in the women’s 1m springboard on Friday. She added bronze in the women’s 3m and 3m synchronized events, the latter tied with Margo Erlam. Rylan Wiens won silver in the men’s 10m and 10m synchronized events, along with teammate Nathan Zsombor-Murray for the latter. Caeli McKay won bronze in the women’s 10m.
READ: 2022 Commonwealth Games: Vallée dives to gold as Team Canada wins 8 medals on Day 8
Canada has won 12 medals in wrestling, tied with India for the most medals in the sport. There were three gold medals in total as Amar Dhesi won the men’s 125 kg freestyle event, Nishan Randhawa won the men’s 97 kg freestyle event and Justina Di Stasio won the women’s 76 kg event.
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Camryn Rogers continued her impressive rise in the world of women’s hammer throw when she won the gold medal after setting a record at the Commonwealth Games in the qualifying round. She was joined on the podium by teammate Jillian Weir, who won bronze 20 years after her father Robert won bronze in discus at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Olympic bronze medalist Evan Dunfee was spectacular on Sunday as he marched to gold in the men’s 10K, setting records at the Canadian and Commonwealth Games in the process. Canada also won gold in the women’s 4×400 meter relay.
Canada won four medals in boxing, highlighted by reigning world champion Tammara Thibeault, who won the gold medal in the women’s 75kg event. She is the first Canadian to ever win gold at the Commonwealth Games in boxing.
READ: Commonwealth Games 2022: Canada adds seven medals and four golds on Day 10
Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes successfully defended their gold medal they won four years ago when beach volleyball made its debut at the Commonwealth Games. In the final, they defeated an Australian duo in three sets. This was followed by a silver medal from Sam Schachter and Daniel Dearing, who 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 Kallemaa 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 Li in badminton. She lost the women’s singles final to former world champion and two-time Olympic champion PV Sindhu of India.
Vincent leads as Canada wins six medals at World Championships 🛶
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, as Vincent paddled to gold in the women’s C-1 5000m and was part of the gold medals in the women’s C-4 500m and mixed C-2 500m, the latter with Connor Fitzpatrick. Vincent finished fifth in the C-1 200m, which is part of the Olympic program. She and Sloan Mackenzie placed sixth in the C-2 500m.
READ: Three medals for Vincent, five for Canada at World Canoe Sprint Championships
Sophia Jensen won silver in the non-Olympic C-1 500m and also featured in the C-4 500m win. Andréanne Langlois and Tosha Hrebacka won bronze in the non-Olympic women’s 200m event. Canada’s only medal in the men’s events was the bronze medal by Craig Spence and Bret Himmelman 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 made her way to Poland, where she won bronze in the shot put at the Diamond League meeting in Chorzow. It was her second Diamond League podium of the season when she threw for 19.44 meters. Mitton has qualified for the Diamond League Finals, which will take place in Zurich in early September.