According to the 2014 Commowealth Games website, Canada won five gold medals on Tuesday at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The gold medals came in athletics, wrestling, swimming, weightlifting and mountain biking.
In swimming, Ryan Cochrane of Victoria, British Columbia, who won a silver medal in the men’s 1500m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, came away with a dominant performance in the men’s 1500m. Cochrane posted a time of 14:44.03, which was 4.73 seconds faster than Mack Horton of Australia. Daniel Jervis of Wales had a great finish to win the bronze medal with a time of 14:55.33.
Cochrane, has now won four Commonwealth Games gold medals. He has won the men’s 400m and the men’s 1500m at the last two Commonwealth Games. This dominant performance puts him in position as a serious medal contender for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Cochrane’s persoal best in the men’s 1500m remains at 14:39.63, which was set two years ago at the 2012 Olympic Games.
In athletics, decathlete Damian Warner of London, Ontario, who won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow and was fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, recorded a grand total of 8282 points. Ashley Bryant of England won the silver medal with 8109 points. Kurt Felix of Grenada won the bronze medal with 8070 points.
Warner had the fastest time in the 100m. He posted a time of 10.29 which was 0.42 seconds faster than John Lane of England. Warner was also the fastest in the 400m, with a time of 47.78 seconds, fastest in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.5 seconds and had the best throw in the pole vault among Group A competitors at 4.5m.
In the men’s hammer throw, Jim Steacy of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, won the gold medal. Steacy threw the hammer 74.16m to finish in first place. Nicholas Miller of England won the silver medal with a throw of 72.99m and Mark Dry of Scotland won the bronze medal with a throw of 71.64m. Interestingly, Steacy’s gold medal throw on Tuesday was 0.59m less than his silver medal throw of 74.75m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Steacy’s personal best is 79.13m and is a Canadian record. It was set at the 2008 Chinook Throws Gala in Lethbridge, Alberta, according to the University of Lethbridge News.
In women’s mountain biking, Catharine Pendrel of Fredericton, New Brunswick, who won the 2011 World Championship in Champery, Switzerland, posted the fastest time of 1:39:29. Pendrel, who finished a disappointing fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, rebounded with a strong international performance in Glasgow. Emily Batty of Oshawa, Ontario won the silver medal making it a 1-2 performance for Canada.
Batty, who is Canada’s rising star in mountain biking, posted a time of 1:40:39. Rebecca Henderson of Australia won the bronze medal with a time of 1:40:51. Pendrel and Batty will be strong medal contenders for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
In wrestling, Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ontario, won the women’s 75kg freestyle wrestling competition. Wiebe had a perfect 4-0 record after defeating Annabelle Ali of Cameroon, Jyoti of India, Sophie Edwards of England and Blessing Onyebuchi of Nigeria. Ali won silver and Onyebuchi won bronze.
Canada’s other gold medalist in wrestling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Tuesday came from Korey Jarvis of Elliot Lake, Ontario. Jarvis defeated Rajeev Tomar of India 3-1 in the gold medal game.
Finally in women’s weightlifting, Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau of Montreal, Quebec, set a Commonwealth Games record of 250kg to win the women’s 75kg competition. Beauchemin-Nadeau lifted 140kg in the clean and jerk and 110kg in the snatch. Mary Opeloge of Samoa won silver and Apolonia Vaivai of Fiji won the bronze medal.
Team Canada also won an additional silver medal and six bronze medals. Overall, Canadians have 39 medals–16 gold medals, five silver medals and 18 bronze medals.
Jim Paton of White Rock, British Columbia won the silver medal in the Queen’s Individual Prize. The bronze medalists came from Brooklyn Snodgrass of Calgary in the women’s 50m backstroke, runner Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, Ontario in the women’s 1500m, Aurelie Rivard of Montreal in the women’s 200m individual medley swimming for athletes with a disability, the men’s team gymnastics, and the women’s 4x100m medley relay swimming competition.