Canada’s Mia Valley, Amar Dhesi won Commonwealth Games gold medals

Canadian divers and wrestlers added the country’s medals on Day 8 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Mia Vallée took gold in the women’s one-meter springboard final on Friday, while Canadian Olympian Amar Dhesi took gold in the men’s 125-kilogram freestyle wrestling later in the day.

Canada has won 19 gold, 24 silver and 24 bronze medals, for a total of 67 medals at these Games.

Vallée topped the podium after collecting 291.85 points on five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England.

VIEW l Vallée at the top of the podium in 1m springboard:

Quebec’s Mia Vallée plunges for a Commonwealth gold medal

Mia Vallée of Kirkland, Que., collected 291.85 points en route to winning a gold medal in the women’s one meter springboard final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Vallée’s best score came on her second dive – 2 ½ flips in – to earn 65.10 points. The 21-year-old from Kirkland, Que., took a bronze medal at the same event at the World Championships in June.

“I think in the past year I’ve learned to really [my competition] step aside and dive for myself,” Vallée said. “I think that’s the best way to say it. In competition that allows me to focus on myself and give my best.”

Australia’s Brittany O’Brien took silver with 279.60 points, while England’s Amy Rollinson completed the podium (272.00).

Margo Erlam from Calgary finished ninth with 239.25 points.

Dhesi pinned Pakistani Zaman Anwar in the gold medal match to claim the men’s 125kg title.

The 26-year-old from Surrey, BC advanced to the final with a semi-final victory over India’s Mohit Grewal, who won bronze.

WATCH l Dhesi Wins Wrestling Gold:

BC wrestler Amar Dhesi takes gold at Commonwealth Games

Amar Dhesi of Surrey, BC, took on Pakistani Zaman Anwar in the gold medal match to claim the men’s 125kg title at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Wiens, Zsombor-Murray dive to silver

Fellow Canadian divers Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray added to Canada’s pool medal tally.

Wiens and Zsombor-Murray put in an impressive performance, finishing second in the synchronized 10m platform final with a total of 413.85 points. The duo took bronze at the same event at the World Aquatics Championships last month.

England’s Matthew Lee and Noah Williams claimed gold for the home crowd with 429.78 points, while Australian Domonic Bedggood and Cassiel Rousseau took bronze with 412.56.

VIEW | Canadian divers Wiens, Zsombor-Murray claim silver:

Canadian duo Wiens and Zsombor-Murray dive silver at Commonwealth Games

Canadian divers Rylan Wiens of Saskatoon and Nathan Zsombor-Murray of Pointe-Claire, Que., finished second in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Canadian wrestlers add 3 silver, 2 bronze

Canadian freestyle wrestlers Lachlan McNeil, Ana Godinez Gonzalez, Linda Morais, Hannah Taylor and Alex Moore also reached the podium on Friday.

Gonzalez was pinned by India’s Sakshi Malik in the women’s 62-kilogram gold medal contest, finishing in silver.

The 22-year-old from Coquitlam, BC, defeated Scotland’s Abbie Fountain by technical superiority in the quarter-finals, and she defeated Nigerian Esther Kolawole in the semi-finals.

WATCH l Gonzalez Finishes With Silver:

BC wrestler Ana Godinez Gonzalez takes silver medal at Commonwealth Games

Freestyle wrestler Ana Godinez Gonzalez of Coquitlam, BC, was pinned by Indian Sakshi Malik in the 62-kilogram women’s gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Earlier in the day, McNeil captured silver in the men’s 65 kg weight class. The 21-year-old from North York, Ontario, lost the gold medal match to Indian Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia on points, missing his first senior title.

McNeil advanced to the final after beating Scotland’s Ross Connelly in the quarter-finals and Pakistan’s Inayat Ullah in the semi-finals. He took gold at the 2021 Junior Pan-American Championships.

WATCH l McNeil Adds Silver Medal:

Toronto wrestler Lachlan McNeil settles for Commonwealth Games silver

Toronto freestyle wrestler Lachlan McNeil lost to Indian Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia in the men’s 65-kilogram weight class at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Morais added Canada’s third silver medal of the day in the women’s 68kg division later on Friday.

The 29-year-old from Tecumseh, Ontario, lost to Nigerian Olympic medalist Blessing Oborududu in the gold medal match.

WATCH l Morais reaches podium:

Ontario wrestler Linda Morais claims Commonwealth Games silver

Freestyle wrestler Linda Morais of Tecumseh, Ontario, lost to Nigerian Olympic medalist Blessing Oborududu in the women’s 68kg division at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Taylor and Moore win bronze medals

Taylor took bronze in the women’s 57kg weight class. The 24-year-old from Cornwall, PEI, pinned Kenyan Sophia Omutichio Ayieta in a bronze medal match that lasted just 35 seconds.

Taylor started the day with a win over Singapore’s Danielle Sue Ching Lim in the quarter-finals, but missed a chance for gold after falling in the semi-finals to defending champion Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria, who won gold again.

WATCH l Taylor makes his way to bronze:

PEI’s Hannah Taylor makes her way to Commonwealth Games bronze medal

It took just 35 seconds for freestyle wrestler Hannah Taylor of Cornwall, PEI, to beat Kenyan Sophia Omutichio Ayieta to claim the bronze medal in the women’s 57-kilogram weight class at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Moore was victorious in the men’s 86 kg bronze medal match against New Zealander Matthew Oxenham and won 10-0 by technical superiority.

The 24-year-old Montreal native was defeated in the semifinals by Indian Deepak Punia, who topped the podium later on Friday.

Moore passed Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor in the 1/8th final before taking another dominant quarter-final victory over Sri Lanka’s Suresh Chanaka Warnakulasuriya Fernando.

WATCH l Moore wins bronze:

Montreal’s Alex Moore struggles for a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games

Montreal’s Alex Moore won the bronze medal in the men’s 86kg against New Zealand’s Matthew Oxenham at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Beach volleyball players advance to semi-finals

Canada’s women’s and men’s beach volleyball teams remained undefeated after leading their groups earlier in the competition and reaching the semi-finals on Friday with straight-set wins by the same score.

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, the 2019 world champions, defeated Deepika Bandara and Chathurika Weerasinghe from Sri Lanka (21-9, 21-11).

Sam Schacter and Daniel Dearing, both from Toronto, won over Cyprus’ Antonios Liotatis and Charalambos Zorbis (21-9, 21-11).

Rodney, Harrison ahead

Canadian Brendon Rodney, who was part of the 4x100m team to win gold at the World Athletics Championships, advanced to the 200m final on Friday after finishing second in his heat by 20.68 seconds.

Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Michelle Harrison is through to the final of the women’s 100m hurdles after finishing third in her semi-final at 12.85 seconds.

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