Commonwealth Games: Excellent Harvest for Canadian Wrestlers

Canadian athletes woke up on their right foot in Birmingham, England on Friday, adding eight medals to the national tally at the Commonwealth Games.

The Maple Leaf wrestlers were particularly effective, taking six of the day’s eight medals.

Amar Dhesi, in the men’s 125 kg category, was the only one to see a gold medal around his neck. It took him just 2 minutes and 10 seconds – out of a maximum time of six minutes – to take the score to 9-2 and defeat Pakistan’s Zaman Anwar by immobilizing him on the ground.

Ana Godinez Gonazalez nearly matched Dhesi, who led 4-0 in the final against India’s Sakshi Malik, but the latter pulled off a feat of victory by immobilizing the maple leaf’s representative on the ground. Godinez Gonazalez won the silver medal, as did Linda Morais in the women’s 68 kg freestyle and Lachlan McNeil in the women’s 65 kg freestyle.

The other two Canadian wrestling medals of the day, all bronze, went to Hannah Taylor in the women’s 57 kg category and Alex Moore in the men’s 86 kg freestyle.

The other two diving medals

On the springboard, Mia Vallée climbed to the top step of the podium in the 1m sprint after winning silver at the World Championships in June in the same event.

The Canadian dominated the final, earning the second-highest score on the first jump before taking the lead on the second jump and never looking back after that.

She finished 12.25 points clear of her closest challenger, Australia’s Brittany Mae O’Brien. Englishwoman Amy Elisabeth Rollinson completed the podium.

In the next men’s 10m platform final, Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray followed with a silver medal.

The Canadian pair were also in first place after four of the first six vaults, but England’s Matthew Lee and Noah Williams, eventual winners of the event, used the fifth vault to get past the silver medalists. Wiens and Zsombor-Murray finished 15.93 points behind the winners.

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