Three Canadian women won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday. The Canadian Commonwealth Games gold medalists were Ellie Black of Halifax, Nova Scotia (women’s individual all-around gymnastics), Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ontario (women’s 100m backstroke swimming) and Maude Charron of Rimouski, Quebec (women’s 63 kg weightlifting).
In the women’s individual all-around gymnastics competition, Black posted a winning score of 54.2 points. Georgia Godwin of Australia won the silver medal with 53.8 points. Alice Kinsella of England won the bronze medal with 53.15 points.
Black earned a medal by 1.2 points. Georgia Rose-Brown of Australia finished in fourth place with a score of 53 points. Black’s best event was the vault where she posted a score of 14.4 points, the highest in the competition. Black also posted a score of 13.45 points on the floor, which was a competition best.
In women’s 100m backstroke swimming, Masse set a Commonwealth Games record with a time of 58.63 seconds. Masse was one of two Canadians to reach the podium in the event as Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, British Columbia won the bronze medal with a time of 58.97 seconds. Emily Seebohm of Australia won the silver medal with a time of 58.66 seconds. Masse reached the podium by 1.45 seconds over Kaylee McKeown of Australia, who finished in fourth place with a time of 1:00.08.
In women’s 63 kg weightlifting, Charron set a Commonwealth Games record in the clean and jerk when she lifted 122 kilograms. Her total was 220 kilograms after lifting 98 kilograms in the snatch. Zoe Smith of England won the silver medal when she lifted 207 kilograms. Mona Pretorius of South Africa won the bronze medal when she lifted 206 kilograms. Charron earned a podium spot by 38 kilograms. Emma McQuaid of Northern Ireland finished in fourth place with 182 kilograms.
Canada won three other silver medals in swimming on Saturday. Ruck won a silver medal in the women’s 50m freestyle, Auriele Rivard of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec won a silver medal in the women’s 200m individual medley for athletes with a limb impairment, and Canada won silver in the women’s 4x200m freestyle swimming relay.
Canada currently sits in third place in the medal standings with 18 (five gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals). Australia leads with 57 medals and England is second with 32 medals.