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Canadians win bronze medals Sunday at Commonwealth Games

Hilary Caldwell
Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

According to the Commonwealth Games website, team Canada increased their overall medal total to 18 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Sunday with two bronze medals. Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, British Columbia won the bronze medal in the women's 200m backstroke and Remi Pelletier-Roy of Montreal, Quebec won the bronze medal in the men's cycling scratch race.

In the women's 200m backstroke, Caldwell had the lead for a significant portion of the race, but was passed by Australians Belinda Hocking and Emily Seebohm. Hocking set a Commonwealth Games record with a time of 2:07.24 with Seebohm posting a time of 2:08.51. Seebohm's time was four one hundredths of a second faster than Caldwell, who posted a time of 2:08.55.

Caldwell's time was however almost two seconds slower than the time she set in the women's 200m backstroke at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona. Last year in Spain, Caldwell finished in third place behind American gold medalist Missy Franklin and Hocking with a time of 2:06.80.

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Caldwell will look to improve on her 18th place from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the Olympic Games two years ago, Caldwell posted a time of 2:10.75 and was in seventh place in heat four of round one.

In the men's cycling scratch race, Pelletier-Roy finished behind New Zealand gold medalist Shane Archbold and Australian silver medalist Glenn O'Shea. Archbold posted a winning time of 22 minutes and 43 seconds.

Canada is in seventh in the overall medal standings. They are behind Australia (73 medals), England (59 medals), Scotland (30 medals), India (24 medals), New Zealand (21 medals) and Wales (20 medals).

In other Commonwealth Games news, South Africa defeated New Zealand in the gold medal game in men's rugby sevens. Rugby will be making its Olympic debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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