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Canadian Olympic bronze medalists win Commonwealth gold

Derek Drouin
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According to the 2014 Commonwealth Games website, Canada won six more gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday. Among the Canadian athletes who contributed to the six gold medals were three Canadian Olympic bronze medalists--high jumper Derek Drouin of Sarnia, Ontario and divers Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal, Quebec and Roseline Filion of Laval, Quebec.

In the men's high jump, Drouin, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, jumped 2.31 metres to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal for the first time. Kyriakos Ioannou of Cyprus won the silver medal with a jump of 2.28 metres, followed by Canadian Michael Mason of New Westminster, British Columbia at 2.25 metres.

In the women's 10m platform synchronized diving, Benfeito and Filion posted a score of 310.65 points to take gold. Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch of England won the silver medal with a score of 307.92 points. Pandelela Rinong and Nur Sabri of Malaysia won the bronze medal with a score of 300.12 points. Like Drouin, Benfeito and Filion won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In the women's hepthathlon, Brianne Thiesen-Eaton of Humboldt, Saskatchewan won the gold medal with a total score of 6597 points. It was a 1-2 Canadian finish as Jessica Zelinka of London, Ontario finished in second place with a score of 6270 points. Jessica Taylor of England won the bronze medal with 5826 points. Thiesen-Eaton won the women's shot put, women's 200m, long jump and 800m.

Canada's other three gold medalists came in wrestling. The gold medalists were David Tremblay of Windsor, Ontario in the men's 61kg, Arjun Gill of Surrey, British Columbia in the men's 97 kg, and World Championship silver medalist Dorothy Yeats of Montreal, Quebec in the women's 69 kg.

Tremblay beat Bajrang Bajrang of India in the final, Gill beat Satywart Kadian of India in the final and Yeats beat Angele Tomo of Cameroon in the final. Canadians have now won 22 gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with five coming in wrestling.

Canadians won four more medals in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. In the women's 3m synchronized springboard diving, Olympic bronze medalist Jennifer Abel of Montreal, Quebec teamed with Pamela Ware of Greenfield Park, Quebec to win silver.

The bronze medalists were Julie Labonte of St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec in the women's shot put, Jillian Gallays of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the women's 53kg freestyle wrestling and Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos of Pickering, Ontario in the women's 58kg freestyle wrestling. Canada now has 51 Commonwealth Games medals (22 gold medals, seven silver medals and 22 bronze medals) and sit in third in the medal standings behind England and Australia who have 108 medals each.

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