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Savard wins gold in women's butterfly at Commonwealth Games

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According to the 2014 Commonwealth Games website, Canada won two more gold medals on Friday at the 2014 Commonwealth Games website in Glasgow, Scotland. Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Quebec won the gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly swimming competition and Patricia Bezzoubenko of Vancouver, British Columbia won a gold medal in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around.

Savard was the second fastest swimmer in the qualifying heats as she posted a time of 58.13 seconds, which was 0.2 seconds slower than Alicia Coutts of Australia. Then in the semi-finals, Savard was once again the second fastest as she posted a time of 57.83 which was 0.26 seconds slower than Siobhan O'Connor of England.

In the final, O'Connor had the fastest start, taking the lead on Savard, Coutts and Australian Emma McKeon. Savard was a full 0.21 seconds back of O'Connor at the 50m stage. But in the final stages of the race, Savard was dominant as she passed O'Connor with ease and beat her to the finish line by five one hundredths of a second with a winning time of 57.40. McKeon won bronze with a time of 57.66.

Savard's Commonwealth gold medal winning time of 57.40 was 0.13 seconds slower than her Canadian record time she set at the 2014 Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria. The trials were used to select the Canadian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

In the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around, Bezzoubenko posted an overall score of 59.175. Francesca Jones of Wales won silver with a score of 57.35 followed by Laura Halford of Wales with a score of 56.225. Bezzoubenko, who has Russian descent, had the best scores in ball (15.2), clubs (15) and ribbons (14.8), but struggled in the hoop competition as she only had the fifth best score of 14.175.

Bezzoubenko will have the opportunity on Saturday to win more medals in the event finals. Team Canada also won three bronze medals on Friday. Dorothy Ludwig of Renfrew, Ontario won a bronze medal in the women's 10m air pistol, while Canada won two bronze medals in judo--Jonah Burt of Whitby, Ontario in the men's half middleweight and Alix Renaud-Roy of Montreal, Quebec in the women's middleweight.

According to www.bleacherreport.com, Canada now has nine medals overall--four gold medals, one silver medal and four bronze medals and sit in fifth place in the overall medal standings. England and Australia have 32 medals each, followed by host Scotland at 15 medals and India at 10 medals.

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