Canadian divers and wrestlers added the country’s medals on Day 8 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Mia Vallée took gold in the women’s one-meter springboard final on Friday, while Canadian Olympian Amar Dhesi took gold in the men’s 125-kilogram freestyle wrestling later in the day.
Canada has won 19 gold, 24 silver and 24 bronze medals, for a total of 67 medals at these Games.
Vallée topped the podium after collecting 291.85 points on five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England.
VIEW l Vallée at the top of the podium in 1m springboard:
Vallée’s best score came on her second dive – 2 ½ flips in – to earn 65.10 points. The 21-year-old from Kirkland, Que., took a bronze medal at the same event at the World Championships in June.
“I think in the past year I’ve learned to really [my competition] step aside and dive for myself,” Vallée said. “I think that’s the best way to say it. In competition that allows me to focus on myself and give my best.”
Margo Erlam from Calgary finished ninth with 239.25 points.
Dhesi pinned Pakistani Zaman Anwar in the gold medal match to claim the 125kg title in the men.
The 26-year-old from Surrey, BC advanced to the final with a semi-final victory over India’s Mohit Grewal, who won bronze.
WATCH l Dhesi Wins Wrestling Gold:
Wiens, Zsombor-Murray dive to silver
Fellow Canadian divers Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray added to Canada’s pool medal tally.
Wiens and Zsombor-Murray delivered an impressive performance, finishing second in the synchronized 10m platform final with a total of 413.85 points. The duo took bronze at the same event at the World Aquatics Championships last month.
England’s Matthew Lee and Noah Williams claimed gold for the home crowd with 429.78 points, while Australian Domonic Bedggood and Cassiel Rousseau took bronze with 412.56.
VIEW | Canadian divers Wiens, Zsombor-Murray claim silver:
Canadian wrestlers add 3 silver, 2 bronze
Canadian freestyle wrestlers Lachlan McNeil, Ana Godinez Gonzalez, Linda Morais, Hannah Taylor and Alex Moore also reached the podium on Friday.
Gonzalez was pinned by India’s Sakshi Malik in the women’s 62-kilogram gold medal contest, finishing in silver.
The 22-year-old from Coquitlam, BC, defeated Scotland’s Abbie Fountain by technical superiority in the quarter-finals, and she defeated Nigerian Esther Kolawole in the semi-finals.
WATCH l Gonzalez Finishes With Silver:
Earlier in the day, McNeil captured silver in the men’s 65 kg weight class. The 21-year-old from North York, Ontario, lost the gold medal match to Indian Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia on points, missing his first senior title.
McNeil advanced to the final after beating Scotland’s Ross Connelly in the quarter-finals and Pakistan’s Inayat Ullah in the semi-finals. He took gold at the 2021 Junior Pan-American Championships.
WATCH l McNeil Adds Silver Medal:
Morais added Canada’s third silver medal of the day in the women’s 68kg division later on Friday.
The 29-year-old from Tecumseh, Ontario, lost to Nigerian Olympic medalist Blessing Oborududu in the gold medal match.
WATCH l Morais reaches podium:
Taylor and Moore win bronze medals
Taylor won bronze in the women’s 57kg weight class. The 24-year-old from Cornwall, PEI, pinned Kenyan Sophia Omutichio Ayieta in a bronze medal match that lasted just 35 seconds.
Taylor started the day with a win over Singapore’s Danielle Sue Ching Lim in the quarter-finals, but missed a chance for gold after falling in the semi-finals to defending champion Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria, who won gold again.
WATCH l Taylor makes his way to bronze:
Moore was victorious in the men’s 86 kg bronze medal match against New Zealander Matthew Oxenham and won 10-0 by technical superiority.
The 24-year-old Montreal native was defeated in the semifinals by Indian Deepak Punia, who topped the podium later on Friday.
Moore passed Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor in the 1/8th final before taking another dominant quarter-final victory over Sri Lanka’s Suresh Chanaka Warnakulasuriya Fernando.
WATCH l Moore wins bronze:
Beach volleyball players advance to semi-finals
Canada’s women’s and men’s beach volleyball teams remained undefeated after leading their groups earlier in the competition and reaching the semi-finals on Friday with straight-set wins by the same score.
Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, the 2019 world champions, defeated Deepika Bandara and Chathurika Weerasinghe from Sri Lanka (21-9, 21-11).
Sam Schacter and Daniel Dearing, both from Toronto, won over Cyprus’ Antonios Liotatis and Charalambos Zorbis (21-9, 21-11).
Rodney, Harrison ahead
Canadian Brendon Rodney, who was part of the 4x100m team to win gold at the World Athletics Championships, advanced to the 200m final on Friday after finishing second in his heat by 20.68 seconds.
Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Michelle Harrison is through to the final of the women’s 100m hurdles after finishing third in her semi-final at 12.85 seconds.