According to the 2014 Commonwealth Games website, two Canadian women won gold medals on Monday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ontario won the gold medal in the women’s hammer throw and swimmer Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Quebec won the gold medal in the women’s 200m butterfly.
Frizell set a Commonwealth Games record in qualifying on Sunday when she threw the hammer 68.92 metres. Then in the final, Frizell broke her own Commowealth Games record from just the day before when she threw the hammer 71.97 metres. Julia Ratcliffe of New Zealand won the silver medal with a throw of 69.96 metres and Sophie Hitchon of England won the bronze medal with a throw of 68.72 metres.
Betty Heider of Germany still has the women’s hammer throw world record at 79.42 metres set at an event in Halle in 2011. Frizell’s best throw remains 75.73 metres. She set a North American record by throwing that distance at the Tucson Elite Meet this past May, according to the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club. Frizell still has room to grow prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
In the women’s 200m butterfly, Lacroix had an excellent final 50m to get on top of the podium. Lacroix posted an overall time of 2:07.61. Aimee Willmott of England won the silver medal with a time of 2:08.07. Maddie Groves of Australia won the bronze medal with a time of 2:08.44.
Team Canada won four more bronze medals on Monday with two of the medals coming in weightlifting. Marie-Josee Ares-Pilon of Edmonton won the bronze medal in the women’s 69 kilogram weightlifting competition with a total weight of 214 kilograms (115 kilograms in the clean and jerk and 99 kilograms in the snatch). Pascal Plamondon of Sherbrooke, Quebec won the bronze medal in the men’s 85 kilogram weightlifting competition with a total weight of 333 kilograms (151 kilograms in the snatch and 182 kilograms in the clean and jerk).
Brittany MacLean won the bronze medal in the women’s 800m freestyle swimming competition, and Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ontario won the bronze medal in the men’s shot put. Canada now has 24 total medals (nine gold medals, three silver medals and 12 bronze medals) and sit in sixth in the overall medal standings.
The swimming competition at the Commonwealth Games has seen one world record so far. The Australian foursome Bronte Campbell, Melanie Schlanger, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell set a world record in the women’s 4×100 metre freestyle competition with a time of 3:30.98 on Thursday. They broke the previous record (that lasted five years) set by the Netherlands of 3:31.72 set on July 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy.