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El Mais wins boxing gold for Canada at Commonwealth Games

Samir El-Mais
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According to the 2014 Commonwealth Games website, Team Canada won its 31st gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Saturday in the sport of boxing. Samir El-Mais of Windsor, Ontario won the gold medal in the men's heavyweight division.

A native of United Arab Emirates, El-Mais was competing in the men's 91kg weight class. He defeated David Light of New Zealand 3-1 in the gold medal bout. El-Mais's other victories came against Warren Baister of England in the quarterfinals and Efetobor Apochi of Nigeria in the semi-finals.

Team Canada would win five other medals on Saturday--two silver medals and three bronze medals. Their silver medalists were Olympic bronze medalist Jennifer Abel of Montreal in the women's 3m springboard diving (Abel won a bronze medal with Emilie Heymans of Montreal in the women's 3m springboard synchronized diving competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London) and Ariane Fortin of Saint-Nicolas, Quebec in the women's middleweight boxing.

In women's doubles table tennis, Mo Zhang of Vancouver, British Columbia and Luo Anqi of Ottawa, Ontario won the bronze medal. The other Canadian bronze medalists were Alysha Newman of Delaware, Ontario in the women's pole vault and Vincent Riendeau of Beaconsfield, Quebec in the men's 10m platform diving.

Canada has now won 81 medals. They have won 31 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 34 bronze medals.

In other Commonwealth Games news, according to the Canadian Press, Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ontario was named the Canadian flag bearer for the closing ceremonies on Sunday. Frizell won the gold medal in the women's hammer throw on Monday. Frizell set a Commonwealth Games record by throwing 68.92 metres. Frizell, who has now won the last two gold medals in women's hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games, only placed 26th at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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