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Li wins Commonwealth Games gold

Michelle Li
Michelle Li
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According to the 2014 Commonwealth Games website, Team Canada closed out the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday with a gold medal in women's badminton. Michelle Li of Markham, Ontario defeated Kristy Gilmour of Scotland 21-14, 21-7 in the gold medal match.

On Sunday, Li won her second individual gold medal at a major international event. She previously won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico by beating Joycelyn Ko of Toronto 21-12, 21-13 in the gold medal game.

In order to reach the gold medal final, Li needed to beat Palwasha Bashir of Pakistan, Xiaoyu Liang of Singapore, Sarah Walker of England and P.V. Sindhu of India. Sindhu won the bronze medal by beating Jing Yi Tee of Malaysia 23-21, 21-9 in the third place game.

Li, who made worldwide headlines at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, for advancing to the quarterfinals with Alexandra Bruce of Toronto, Ontario without having won a match. That is because Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na of South Korea as well as Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli of China were disqualified for trying to purposely lose one of their matches to set up an easier quarterfinal matchup in the Olympic women's doubles competition.

Li and Bruce would go on to beat Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran of Australia in the quarterfinals, 21-9, 18-21, 21-18 before losing to Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa of Japan 21-12, 19-21, 21-13 in the semi-finals and to Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova of Russia 21-9, 21-10 in the Olympic bronze medal match. The fourth place finish by Li and Bruce was the best ever result by Canadian badminton players at an Olympic Games.

Team Canada finished the 2014 Commonwealth Games with 82 medals (32 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 34 bronze medals). England recorded the most medals with 174 with Australia second at 137 medals. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be in Gold Coast, Australia.

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