Canada’s weightlifter Laylor, judoka Beauchemin-Pinard strike gold on Day 5
Canada’s Maya Laylor broke two Commonwealth Games records en route to a gold medal in the women’s 76 kg weightlifting event in Birmingham, England, on Tuesday.
Silver medallist Taiwo Liadi of Nigeria lifted 96 kg in the snatch and 120 kg in the clean and jerk, coming 12 kg shy of the Canadian. Maximina Uepa of Nauru had a total of 216 kg for bronze.
Laylor also took gold in the same category at the 2021 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent. Two years before that, the Canadian won the 71 kg title in Apia.
WATCH l Maya Laylor claims women’s 76 kg weightlifting gold in style:
Beauchemin-Pinard wins judo gold
Olympic medallist Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard claimed Canada’s second gold medal of the fifth day of competition by defeating England’s Gemma Howell by ippon in golden score in the women’s -63 kg final.
The Saint-Hubert, Que., native made past Cynthia Rahming of Bahamas in a quarter-final, then topped Audrey Jeannette Etoua Biock from Cameroon in semifinal action.
Canada’s Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard adds Commonwealth Games GOLD to her resume 🇨🇦🥇<br><br>The Canadian judoka and Olympic bronze medallist defeats England’s Gemma Howell in the women’s 63 kg category final <a href=”https://t.co/nNvi1B77KU”>pic.twitter.com/nNvi1B77KU</a>
The 28-year-old Beauchemin-Pinard won the bronze medal in Tokyo 2021, having also claimed gold medals at the Judo Pan American Championships in Lima 2019 and Guadalajara 2020 — all in the -63 kg category.
Spence grabs 3rd bronze
Emma Spence of Cambridge, Ont., captured her third bronze medal of the Commonwealth Games in the women’s balance beam event.
The 19-year-old gymnast had scores of 5.100 in difficulty and 7.966 in execution to finish with a total of 13.066, 0.400 shy of gold medallist Kate McDonald of Australia. Georgia Godwin, also from Australia, took silver with 13.433 points.
WATCH l Spence lands women’s balance beam podium:
Spence also earned bronze in the women’s team event on Saturday and in the women’s all-around final on Sunday.
The Canadian almost added a fourth bronze medal to her list in the women’s floor exercise, finishing just 0.034 shy of Australia’s Emily Whitehead’s bronze-worthy score of 13.000.
Toronto’s Cassandra Lee finished right behind Spence, in fifth.
Felix Dolci of Laval, Que., narrowly missed the podium in the men’s vault and men’s parallel bars finals, finishing fourth in both events.
Canada’s men’s 3×3 basketball team wins bronze
The Canadian 3×3 basketball squads are going four for four in medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The men’s able-bodied team claimed bronze in a 13-12 victory over Scotland on Tuesday. Bikramjit Gill led the Canadians with five points, while Alex Dean Johnson added four and Jordan Zaki Jensen-Whyte posted three.
On Monday, Canada was narrowly edged by England 13-12 in semifinal play.
BRONZE FOR CANADA! 🇨🇦🥉<br><br>Canada’s men’s 3×3 basketball team denies the Scotland comeback and wins Commonwealth Games bronze with a 13-12 victory <a href=”https://twitter.com/CanBball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CanBball</a> 🏀 <a href=”https://t.co/RjaogUOQEk”>pic.twitter.com/RjaogUOQEk</a>
All other three Canadian teams in the sport have already secured medals, having made to the finals in the women’s able-bodied tournament and in both men’s and women’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball competitions.
The session featuring the three medal events will start on Tuesday at 2.30 p.m. ET.
Both wheelchair 3×3 basketball squads will face Australia for gold, while the women’s able-bodied side will take on England.
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