Maggie Mac Neil did what she does best in the women’s 100m butterfly – winning gold – to spotlight Canada’s second day of competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England on Saturday.
22-year-old Mac Neil finished just two hundredths of a second ahead of Australia’s Emma McKeon, who claimed the silver medal. Another Australian, Brianna Throssell, won the bronze medal.
Saturday’s medals brought Canada’s total to 11. The Canadian team won 82 at the Games in Australia four years ago.
WATCH l Mac Neil wins gold in 100m butterfly final:
Mac Neil swam together with compatriots Katerine Savard and Rebecca Smith in the final, who finished in fifth and eighth place respectively.
On Friday, Mac Neil helped the Canadian mixed 4×100 freestyle relay team to bronze, along with Rebecca Smith, Joshua Liendo Edwards and Javier Acevedo.
Turbide breaks records for Para swimming gold
Canadian para swimmer Nicolas-Guy Turbide also delivered a gold medal, record performance in the 50m freestyle S13.
The Quebec City native swam a time of 24.32 seconds to break both Canadian and Commonwealth Games records at the event.
WATCH l Nicolas-Guy Turbide swims to gold in 50m freestyle:
Turbide narrowly beat Scottish Stephen Clegg by just 0.01 seconds. Jacob Templeton from Australia finished third.
The win adds to Turbide’s recent success. In June, the 25-year-old won gold in the men’s 100-meter backstroke S13 race at the World Paraswimming Championships in Portugal.
4x100m freestyle teams win bronze
Canadian swimmers kept the podium places coming.
The Canadian women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team captured the bronze medal shortly before Josh Liendo led the way, while the Canadian men’s team also captured the bronze medal.
Summer McIntosh, 15, who won gold in the women’s 400 IM on Friday, had a slower start than many expected as the first swimmer. Still, Canadian Katerine Savard and Rebecca Smith kept pace with their competitors to clear the way for Maggie Mac Neil’s dominant anchor leg, almost pushing Canada to silver with a time of 3:37.25.
WATCH l Canadian Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team Takes Bronze Medal:
The Canadian women’s team won silver in the same event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with Mac Neil being the only swimmer to compete in both events.
In the men’s race, Liendo won the first leg, with strong swims from Ruslan Gaziev, Finlay Knox and Javier Acevedo pushing Canada to third place and bronze with a time of 3:13.01.
The podium in the men’s event mirrored that of the women’s event perfectly, with Australia taking first place and England taking the silver medal.
WATCH l Canada’s 4x100m freestyle men’s relay team takes bronze:
Kelsey Mitchell wins silver sprint
Canadian track cyclist Kelsey Mitchell rode to her second medal from the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Saturday, winning silver in the women’s sprint competition at Lee Valley VeloPark in London, England.
Mitchell, the Olympic champion in the event, achieved her second podium in London after winning silver with teammates Lauriane Genest and Sarah Orban in Friday’s women’s team sprint final.
“Consistent silver,” Mitchell said. “Every competition is tough, you go out there and give your best. When you come here today, of course you go in to win that gold and win every race you do. Came a little short but gave it your all . I’m happy to walk away with a silver.”
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The 28-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta. made quick work of the ⅛ finals, quarter-finals and semi-finals before falling to New Zealand’s Ellesse Andrews in the gold final.
Mitchell continues her successful career after making the switch from football to cycling in 2017, with her women’s sprint silver being the latest addition to a resume that includes Olympic, Pan Am and World Championship medals.
Women’s artistic gymnastics team earns bronze
Canada’s women’s artistic gymnastics team captured the bronze medal with a performance of 152,700 points, 5,300 from second place Australia.
The Canadian team, consisting of Emma Spence of Cambridge, Ontario, Laurie Denommée of Laval, Que., Cassie Lee of Toronto, Jenna Lalonde of Ottawa, and Maya Zonneveld of Kitchener, Ont. exercises before placing fourth-best performance in the uneven bars and second-best in the floor exercises.
Host England, who claimed the most points in all four exercises, struck gold with 161,100 points.
WATCH l Team Canada takes bronze again with women’s artistic gymnastics:
Kaminski rises to bronze
Canadian Hannah Kaminski captured the bronze medal in the women’s 49-kilogram weightlifting later on Saturday.
The 28-year-old from Calgary scored 74 on the snatch and 97 on the clean and jerk. Her combined score of 171 was just below the silver medal won by Roilya Ranaivosoa of Mauritius and gold medalist Chanu Saikhom Mirabai of India.
VIEW | Hannah Kaminski claims bronze for weightlifting:
“I came into this competition knowing that if I just did what I did in training, I was in the race for a medal, so I didn’t wrap my brain all the way around it,” Kaminski said.
“And it just really lit a fire under my ass to get back to training and keep doing what I was doing because I know I’m on the right track. This was like a kick in the pants of the universe to be like, ‘Yes, you do what you have to do.'”
Kaminski’s resume also includes a gold medal at the 2022 Canadian Invitational and a bronze at the San Diego International Open.
Cassidy finishes 4th in marathon
Port Elgin, Ontario wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy, one of Canada’s flag bearers at Thursday’s opening ceremony, was fourth in the marathon. He finished in an hour 47 minutes and 47 seconds.
“The course was tough, technical,” Cassidy said. “I like the technical aspects, but the hills and the altitude were definitely a drag.”
In other Saturday events, the Canadian women opened the 3×3 wheelchair basketball competition with a 17-1 win over Kenya on Saturday afternoon. In the men’s area, Canada defeated Northern Ireland 13-5 to close the group round.
Matthew Sarmento scored the only goal for the Canadian men’s hockey team in a 5-1 defeat to Wales.
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