Sarah Mitton’s gold medal in the women’s shot put on Wednesday highlighted Canada’s five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England on Wednesday.
Maddison-Lee Wesche of New Zealand took the bronze medal.
“The goal from the beginning was to go out there and win, and we did that, although not in the way we hoped,” Mitton said. “The competition started out really tough and I started doubting myself halfway through the competition and I dropped out…you just have to believe in yourself.”
The 26-year-old Mitton recovered from narrowly missing out on the podium at the World Championships in Athletics in July, where he placed fourth.
“Being off the podium really wasn’t something I wanted,” he said. “I came here pretty hungry. I’m really excited to be on top of the podium and hear my national anthem.”
CLOCK | Mitton strikes gold in shot put:
Canadian athletes scored double-digit medals for the third day in a row, adding 11 more on Wednesday to bring the country’s medal tally to 16 gold, 20 silver and 21 bronze for a total of 57.
Only Australia (123) and England (103) have achieved more podium finishes than Canada.
Team Canada swims to 5 medals
Canadian swimmers continued to shine on day 6.
Kylie Masse finished the women’s 50m backstroke final in 27.31 seconds to break her own Commonwealth record, which she set in the semi-final, and win gold for her third medal of the Games.
LaSalle, Ont. the native edged out Australian Mollie O’Callaghan by 0.16 seconds. Kaylee McKeown, also from Australia, won bronze.
“The 50 is a really fun event to just not think and just go as fast as you can,” said Masse, who won silver in the 100 backstroke and bronze in the 200 backstroke at recent world championships. “So I was looking forward to running as fast as I could tonight.”
WATCH l Masse breaks his own Commonwealth record en route to gold:
Earlier in England, Masse won two silver medals in the 100m and 200m events.
Para swimmer Nicholas Bennett posted a Games record in the men’s 200m freestyle S14 with a time of 1:54.97 to take gold, beating Australian Benjamin Hance by 0.53 seconds.
Jack Ireland, also from Australia, took the bronze medal.
“I guess I haven’t fully understood it yet, to be honest,” he said. “I am absolutely ecstatic. [The strategy was] just get down. He started to hurt at the 100m mark, but it didn’t really matter at the time.”
WATCH l Bennett sets up Commonwealth Games, takes Para swimming title:
Bennett secured one of her two silver medals at the Para world championships in June at the same event.
McIntosh obtains the fifth and sixth medals of the Games
15-year-old phenom Summer McIntosh capped off her Commonwealth Games performance with two more silver medals in quick succession.
The Toronto native swam the women’s 400m freestyle event in 3:59.32 to finish 1.26 behind Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, who posted a Commonwealth record to take gold.
Kiah Melverton took the bronze medal, falling 5.06 behind her Australian teammate.
WATCH McIntosh swim 400m freestyle in under 4 minutes for silver:
McIntosh then returned to the water to help Canada’s women’s 4x100m medley relay team secure the silver medal alongside Masse, Sophie Angus and Maggie MacNeil.
The Australian team took gold with a time of 3:54.44, 2.15 faster than the Canadians. England took the bronze.
McIntosh claimed gold in the women’s 200 and 400-meter individual medley, silver and bronze in the freestyle relay in previous days of competition, adding to her recent success that includes four world championships medals in July.
CLOCK | McIntosh collects the sixth Games medal in relay:
Josh Liendo was another Canadian swimmer to climb to the podium, winning bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle final.
Fresh off his first Commonwealth gold, claimed on Tuesday in the 100m butterfly event, the 19-year-old Liendo had a time of 22.02 on Wednesday to finish 0.66 behind gold medalist Benjamin Proud of England.
The hosts also secured the silver medal, with Lewis Edward Burras finishing second.
WATCH Liendo swim to bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle:
Nahas wins gold in Canadian judo final
Canadian judoka Shady El Nahas and Kyle Reyes captured the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the men’s 100 kilogram final.
El Nahas, a 24-year-old Toronto native, outpointed Reyes by waza-ari for gold scoring to take the title. He previously defeated Harry Lovell-Hewitt of England in a semi-final.
Reyes, who also hails from Toronto, beat England’s Rhys Thompson to earn his ticket to the gold medal match.
A waza-ari is the second highest score a judoka can earn, while the gold score serves, in essence, as a sudden death overtime.
WATCH l El Nahas defeats fellow Canadian Reyes for the Commonwealth title:
El Nahas’ victory came a day after his brother Mohab won bronze in judo in the men’s 81kg event.
And because there were two Canadians in Wednesday’s final, the national team coach wasn’t in either athlete’s corner. Then Shady looked to his older brother for guidance.
Shady El Nahas narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics
“I was at the Olympics and we couldn’t do the opening ceremony or any of the activities,” he said. “So I’m glad I got to experience that here. It was amazing.”
Marc Deschenes wins gold in judo
Marc Deschenes added a second gold and a third medal of the day for the Canadian judoka by securing the men’s over 100kg title.
The 29-year-old defeated Australian Kody Andrews by two waza-aris in regulation time.
CLOCK | Deschenes accumulates another gold in judo for Canada:
“I’m super happy,” said Deschenes, who planned to celebrate with a couple of beers Thursday night. “I finished second at the Pan American Games and at the Francophone Games, so it was fun not finishing second again, but first.”
Hollie Naughton takes silver in women’s singles squash
Canada’s Hollie Naughton captured the silver medal in the women’s singles squash final to become the first Canadian woman to win a medal in the sport at the Commonwealth Games.
Naughton, the 20th-ranked player in the world, fell 3-1 to England’s Georgina Kennedy.
The Canadian bounced back with a 14-12 victory in the third game after losing the first two 11-7 and 11-5. Kennedy won the final frame 11-5 for gold.
You dream of making these milestones for your country, and to be the first female medalist in squash is an incredible achievement,” she said. “I hope that in four years I can achieve gold.”
WATCH Naughton becomes the first Canadian woman to win a Commonwealth medal in squash:
Zachary Gingras won bronze in the men’s 100m T37/T38 Para athletics final for Canada’s eleventh and final medal of the day.
He posted a time of 11.65m, 0.42s slower than gold medalist Evan O’Hanlon. South African Charl du Toit took silver.
CLOCK | Gingras wins bronze in Para athletics men’s 100m T37/T38 final:
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