Canada wins gold in rhythmic gymnastics team event at Commonwealth Games

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The Canadian rhythmic gymnastics team put in an all-around performance en route to gold on Thursday for Canada’s 59th medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

With impressive hoop and ball scores, the Canadian team of Tatiana Cocsanova, Suzanna Shahbazian and Carmel Kallemaa totaled 272.950 points ahead of silver medalist Australia (268.650).

“The feeling that I think [will be] hard to describe for the next few days until I get home and realize I’m a Commonwealth champion,” Kallemaa said. “So I think the feeling is going to come a bit later. Right now, everything is so amazing.”

Host England took bronze with a total score of 267.050.

Rhythmic gymnastics competition continues through Saturday with hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon and individual all-around events to come.

McKay takes bronze

Canadian diver Caeli McKay took bronze in the women’s 10m platform final.

The 23-year-old from Calgary took the podium after amassing 317.50 points in five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England.

“I’m very happy. It was definitely a bit of a flimsy event, not the best I’ve ever run, but I’m happy to go home with a medal,” she said.

England’s Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix won the gold medal on the final dive of the event, finishing with 357.50 points. Her compatriot Lois Mae Toulson won silver (337.30).

Fellow Canadian Olympian Celina Toth of Victoria, BC, was sixth at 298.40 points.

Canada remains third in the medal standings heading into the final three days of competition with 59 (17 gold, 20 silver, 22 bronze). Australia lead with 132, followed by England with 118.

WATCH | McKay flies to bronze:

Calgary’s Caeli McKay dives to bronze at Commonwealth Games

The 23-year-old Calgary swimmer stepped onto the podium in the women’s 10-meter platform final after amassing 317.50 points in five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England.

McKay found herself fourth after earning 64.50 points on her first dive, and dropped to seventh with just 56.00 points on her second. But she bounced back with a strong third dive – 3 ½ somersaults inside – which earned her 75.20 points, moving her into second place at 195.70 in the second-to-last round.

“He’s someone I can count on when I’m under pressure,” she said. “I was a little frustrated after my second dive and I thought I had to wake up and get in the game. So that’s usually my come-back dive.”

Toth earned 72.00 points with the same dive in round four, moving her from seventh to fourth going into the final round. McKay dropped to bronze after her fourth dive, but she finished strong on her final dive to earn 62.40 points and move into first place momentarily.

Spendolini-Sirieix finally took first place with an impressive final dive that earned 86.40 points.

McKay was fourth in the preliminaries with 302.70 points, while Toth booked his spot in the finals finishing fifth with 297.30 points.

McKay returned from a long recovery in June at the world championships in Budapest, where she managed to finish fifth in the same event.

She badly tore ligaments in her left ankle just weeks before the Tokyo Olympics last summer, but persevered and finished fourth in the synchronized 10m platform event alongside Meaghan Benfeito , now retired.

Canada won 16 gold, 20 silver and 22 bronze medals in seven days of competition at the Commonwealth Games.

Rogers sets Games record in women’s hammer throw

Canadian hammer thrower Camryn Rogers qualified for the women’s final earlier Thursday with the best shot of the qualifying round.

The 23-year-old from Richmond, BC, set a Games record with a throw of 74.68 meters on her first and only throw of the day.

“That’s always the goal [in qualifying]one and it’s done,” Rogers said.

Their compatriots Kaila Butler and Jillian Weir also qualified for Saturday’s final with throws of 63.34m and 60.96m, respectively.

WATCH | Rogers sets Games record and advances to women’s hammer throw final:

BC’s Camryn Rogers breaks Commonwealth Games record in women’s hammer throw

Camryn Rogers of Richmond, BC advanced to the women’s final with a Commonwealth Games record throw of 74.68 meters on her first and only attempt of the day.

Rodney advances to 200m semi-final

Two-time Olympic medalist sprinter Brendon Rodney has secured his place in the men’s 200-metre semifinals, which will take place on Friday.

The 30-year-old from Etobicoke, Ont., posted a heat-best time of 20.84 seconds.

Rodney is coming off a gold medal in the men’s 4x100m relay at the World Championships in Athletics last month in Eugene, Ore.

Undefeated Beach Volleyball Players

Canada’s men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams went undefeated to top their pools.

Sam Schacter and Daniel Dearing, both of Toronto, capped the group stage with a 2-1 win over Gambia on Thursday.

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, the 2019 world champions, finished the group a day early with a 2-0 win over New Zealand.

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