Canada wins five gold medals at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (Jay Tse, Canadian Olympic Committee, with permission)

Team Canada won five gold medals on Tuesday at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. The gold medals came in judo, weightlifting, swimming, and basketball.

In judo, reigning Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard of Montreal, Quebec won the gold medal in the women’s 63 kilogram weight class. She beat Cynthia Rahming of the Bahamas in the quarterfinals, Audrey Etoua Biock of Cameroon in the semifinals, and silver medalist Gemma Howell of England in the final. Katharina Haecker of Australia and Jasmine Hacker-Jones of Wales shared the bronze medal.

In weightlifting, Maya Laylor of Toronto, Ontario won the gold medal with 228 kilograms. Taiwo Liadi of Nigeria won the silver medal with 216 kilograms. Maximina Uepa of Nauru won the bronze medal with 215 kilograms.

In swimming, Joshua Liendo of Markham, Ontario won the gold medal in the men’s 100 metre butterfly with a time of 51.24 seconds. James Guy of England and Matthew Temple of Australia tied for the silver medal with a time of 51.4 seconds.

In women’s 3×3 basketball, Canada won the gold medal game by beating England 14-13. In women’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball, Canada won the gold medal game by beating Australia 14-5.

Team Canada won five more silver medals on Tuesday. In individual events Francois Gauthier-Drapeau of Alma, Quebec won silver in the men’s 81 kilogram judo division, Kristel Ngarlem of Montreal, Quebec won silver in the women’s 87 kilogram weightlifting division, and Aurelie Rivard of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec won silver in the women’s 200 metre individual medley swimming in the SM10 classification. In team events, Canada won silver in men’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball and the mixed 4×100 metre medley relay in swimming.

Canada won three more bronze medals for 13 medals overall. Gymnast Emma Spence of Cambridge, Ontario placed third in the women’s balance beam. Mohab El Nahas of Montreal placed third in the men’s 81 kilogram judo division and Canada won bronze in the men’s 3×3 basketball tournament.

Overall, Canada has won 46 medals at the Commonwealth Games (11 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze). Australia has 110 medals and England has 91.

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