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Benfeito wins women's diving platform gold at Commonwealth Games

Meaghan Benfeito
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According to the 2014 Commonwealth Games website, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal, Quebec won the gold medal in the women's 10m platform diving competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday. At the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Benfeito's best dive was the back 3 1/2 somersault in the tuck position where she registered a score of 80.85 points.

Benfeito had 372.65 points overall. Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia won the silver medal with 368.55 points, while Roseline Filion of Laval, Quebec won the bronze medal with a score of 361.8 points. Benfeito has previously won an Olympic medal (bronze with Filion in the women's 10m synchronized diving platform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London), two medals each at the World Aquatics Championships and Commonwealth Games, and a medal at the Pan American Games, but this was her first individual diving medal at a major competition.

Team Canada won four other gold medals on Thursday. They came in the sports of weightlifting, gymnastics and wrestling.

In weightlifting, George Kobaladze of Montreal, Quebec won the gold medal in the men's 105kg event. Kobaladze lifted 229 kg in the clean and jerk and another 171 kg in the snatch. Itte Detenamo of Nauru won the silver medal with a total of 396 kg followed by Damon Kelly of Australia, who lifted 388 kg.

In wrestling, Danielle Lappage of Innisfail, Alberta won the gold medal in the women's 63kg weight class. Lappage beat Geetika Jakhar of India in the gold medal match 7-0. Lappage also hammered Chloe Spiteri of England 11-0 in the semi-final.

Also in wrestling, Tamerlan Tagziev of Toronto, Ontario won the gold medal in the men's 86kg weight class. Tagziev defeated Andrew Dick of Nigeria 14-4 in the gold medal game. Tagziev, a native of Russia, came to Canada in 2009, and with the help of Facebook, became a Canadian citizen.

In gymnastics, Scott Morgan of Vancouver, British Columbia won the gold medal in the men's rings. Morgan posted a score of 15.1 points, to beat his teammate, Kevin Lytwyn of Burlington, Ontario, who received a score of 14.8 points from the judges. Daniel Purvis of Scotland won the bronze medal with 14.766 points.

Lytwyn was one of six silver medalists for Canada on Thursday. Morgan won a silver medal in the men's gymnastics floor, Ellie Black of Halifax, Nova Scotia won a silver medal in the women's gymnastics vault, Diane Roy of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec finished second in the women's 1500m wheelchair racing, Jevon Balfour of Brampton, Ontario won silver in the men's 65kg freestyle wrestling and Brittanee Laverdure of Watson Lake, Yukon won silver in the women's 55kg freestyle wrestling.

Team Canada also received bronze medals from Christabel Nettey of Surrey, British Columbia in the women's long jump and Alexandre Dupont of Montreal in the men's 1500m wheelchair racing. Canada now has 65 medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and are behind England and Australia in the overall standings.

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