Liendo continues Canada’s gold medal rush with Commonwealth title in men’s 100m butterfly


Josh Liendo from Toronto swam to a gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Tuesday at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England.

The 19-year time of 51.24 seconds was good enough to beat England silver medalist James Guy by 0.16 seconds. Australia’s Matthew Temple took bronze. Fellow Canadian Finlay Knox was seventh.

“That was super, super cool,” said Liendo. “It was just fun, it was a great experience and there’s more to come, so I’m excited.”

Liendo made his breakthrough at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest in June when he won three medals, including bronze in the individual 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly and as a leader in the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay.

In doing so, he became the first black Canadian swimmer to ever climb the podium in an individual event at world championships.

In April, Liendo broke his own national record in the race with a time of 50.88 seconds at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria.

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Joshua Liendo Edwards wins Commonwealth gold in 100m butterfly

The Canadian swimmer took the wall win in a hard-fought race at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.

Liendo said he likes to pave the way for others.

“It feels absolutely amazing,” he said. “People who come up to me, and mention it clearly and notice it and all the support I get, I absolutely love it.

“And I think it’s great to see that I’m a role model because of course I have people that I look up to, and thinking that I’m standing in that light and being seen in other people’s eyes that way is really cool. “

Laylor breaks records, claims gold

Canada’s Maya Laylor broke two Commonwealth records en route to a gold medal in women’s 76kg weightlifting.

The 27-year-old Toronto native has lifted 100kg in her first attempt at the lead in the program before setting Commonwealth records of 128kg in the clean and jerk and 228kg in total.

“The snatch is a hit or miss, anyone would say it,” Laylor said. “I wasn’t quite into the snatch yet, but stayed focused for the clean and jerk. I opened on 123, that was a strong lift, and then 128, went for the Commonwealth record, did.. I gave it is my everything today.”

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Maya Laylor Sets 2 Commonwealth Records on Road to Weightlifting Gold

The Canadian set competition records with her clean and jerk lift of 128 kg and her total weight of 228 kg on Tuesday.

Silver medalist Taiwo Liadi of Nigeria has lifted 96kg in the snatch and 120kg in the clean and jerk, 12kg less than the Canadian. Maximina Uepa from 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 earlier, the Canadian won the 71 kg title in Apia.

Canadian weightlifters captured another medal on Day 5, courtesy of Kristel Ngarlem.

The native of Rimouski, Que., lifted 101kg in the jerk and then consistently improved from 125kg to 130kg to 135kg in the clean and jerk program to claim the silver medal in the women’s 87kg event.

Beauchemin-Pinard wins judo gold

Olympic medalist Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard captured the gold medal in women’s judo -63 kg by beating England’s Gemma Howell in gold score with ippon.

The native of Saint-Hubert, Que., got past Cynthia Rahming of the Bahamas in a quarterfinal and then defeated Audrey Jeannette Etoua Biock of Cameroon in the semifinal.

“It’s something to put on my resume, something more,” Beauchemin-Pinard said. “It’s my first time competing in the Commonwealth Games, and the opening ceremony was so much fun to do, so many people and meeting all [people from other] sports, that was also a lot of fun.”

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Beauchemin-Pinard uses arm bar to win judo gold at Commonwealth Games

Canadian judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard defeated England’s Gemma Howell by ippon in the women’s 63kg final on Tuesday.

Beauchemin-Pinard, 28, won the bronze medal in Tokyo 2021, having also won gold medals at the Judo Pan American Championships in Lima 2019 and Guadalajara 2020 – all in the -63 kg category.

Canada’s 3×3 Women’s Basketball Teams Win Gold

Canada’s 3×3 basketball teams won four for four in medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, in an effort highlighted by the women’s gold medals.

Sarah Te-Biasu scored a buzzer-beater basket to propel Canada to the 3×3 able-bodied women’s basketball title in a 14-13 win over England.

Te-Biasu was seven points ahead of Canada, while Taya Hanson added five of his own. Rosalie Mercille and Tara Wallack each contributed one point.

Kady Dandeneau of Pender Island, BC, scored six points and led Canada to a 14-5 defeat of Australia in the women’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball final.

Tamara Steeves of Mississauga, Ontario added four points, while Élodie Tessier of Saint-Germain de Grantham, Que., and Captain Tara Llanes of North Vancouver, BC each scored two points.

“This audience feels amazing like I’m having an out-of-body experience right now, especially after not having the audience for two years. [due to the COVID-19 pandemic], this is full. You just want to suck it up,” Llanes said.

Canada’s 3×3 men’s wheelchair basketball team also reached the final of the tournament, narrowly missing gold in an 11-9 loss to Australia and settling for silver.

Colin Higgins of Rothesay, NB, had five points, while Vincent Dallaire of Quebec City added three. Four-time Paralympics and captain Bo Hedges of Wonowon, BC added another point for Canada.

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Canadian men settle for silver after losing in wheelchair basketball 3×3 . final

The Canadians were defeated 11-9 by Australia at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the able-bodied men’s team claimed bronze in a 13-12 win over Scotland.

Bikramjit Gill led the Canadians by five points, while Alex Dean Johnson added four points and Jordan Zaki Jensen-Whyte three points.

“Glad to be a part of it,” Gill said. “Hopefully we’re taking steps in the right direction, and this will help us do more on the
forefront.”

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Canadian men beat Scotland for bronze in 3×3 basketball thriller

Alex Dean Johnson, Jordan Zaki Jensen-Whyte, Bikramjit Gill and Adam Paige took bronze for Canada in a dramatic 13-12 win at the Commonwealth Games.

Canadian swimmers continue to win medals

The Canadian mixed 4×100-meter medley relay team rallied for silver and took the final of 13 Canadian medals from the fifth day of competition.

Kylie Masse, James Dergousoff, Maggie Mac Neil and Ruslan Gaziev set a time of 3:43.98, came from behind in the final leg to finish 2.68 seconds behind the Australian team, who took gold.

The English team finished just 0.05 seconds behind the Canadians for bronze.

Aurelie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., captured a women’s silver medal in the women’s 200m individual medley SM10 final to increase the momentum of the Canadian swimmers.

The 26-year-old set a time of two minutes 34.26 seconds to successfully defend her silver medal from four years ago.

Rivard came 0.97 seconds behind gold medalist Jasmine Greenwood of Australia. Keira Stephens, also from Australia, took bronze.

Fellow Canadian Katarina Roxon was sixth in the same event.

Gauthier-Drapeau, El Nahas share judo podium

François Gauthier-Drapeau and Mohab El Nahas added two more medals for Canadian judokas and shared the podium in the men’s -81kg event.

Gauthier-Drapeau defeated Judoka Eoin Fleming of the Republic of Ireland in a semi-final before settling for silver in the gold medal match with England’s Lachlan Moorhead.

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François Gauthier-Drapeau wins silver in 81kg judo final at Commonwealth Games

The 24-year-old Canadian fell from England’s Lachlan Moorhead in the men’s 81 kg judo final.

Shortly before that, Mohab El Nahas defeated Barbados’ Asa Weithers by ippon to take bronze in the same category.

The 26-year-old contributed to his success in 2022, having recently won a gold medal at the judo European Open in Prague in the same category.

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Mohab El Nahas pins opponent for Commonwealth bronze in judo

The Canadian judoka won with ippon after holding his opponent, Asa Weithers of Barbados, for 20 seconds.

Spence takes 3rd bronze from Games

Emma Spence of Cambridge, Ont., captured her third Commonwealth Games bronze medal 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 medalist Kate McDonald of Australia. Georgia Godwin, also from Australia, won silver with 13,433 points.

WATCH l Spence lands on the podium for women’s balance beams:

Emma Spence takes balance beam bronze for her 3rd medal at the Games

The Canadian gymnast’s performance on the balance beam resulted in her third bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Spence also won bronze in the women’s team on Saturday and in the women’s all-round final on Sunday.

The Canadian nearly added a fourth bronze medal to her list in the women’s floor exercise on Tuesday, finishing just 0.034 off Australia’s 13,000 bronze-worthy score of Emily Whitehead.

Toronto’s Cassandra Lee finished just behind Spence, in fifth.

Felix Dolci of Laval, Que., narrowly missed the podium in the jump and men’s parallel bars final, finishing fourth in both events.

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