Canadian diver Mia Vallée wins gold in 1m springboard final at Commonwealth Games | TNZT Sports


Canadian diver Mia Vallée took gold in the women’s one-meter springboard final on Friday for the 64th Canadian medal at the Commonwealth Games.

The 21-year-old from Kirkland, Que., topped the podium after collecting 291.85 points on five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England.

Vallée’s best score came on her second dive – 2 ½ flips in – to earn 65.10 points. She took a bronze medal in the same event at the World Championships in June.

Australia’s Brittany O’Brien claimed silver and finished with 279.60 points. England’s Amy Rollinson completed the podium with bronze (272.00).

Margo Erlam from Calgary finished ninth with 239.25 points.

Canada has won 18 gold, 22 silver and 24 bronze in eight days of competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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Canadian wrestlers add medals

Canadian freestyle wrestlers Lachlan McNeil, Ana Godinez Gonzalez and Hannah Taylor added Canada’s medal tally earlier on Friday.

Gonzalez was pinned by India’s Sakshi Malik in the 62-kilogram women’s gold medal competition, finishing with silver for the 62nd Canadian medal of the Games.

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.

Earlier on Friday, McNeil captured silver in the men’s 65-kilogram 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.

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WATCH l McNeil settles for silver:

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.

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 won gold at the 2021 Junior Pan-American Championships.

Canadian Olympian Amar Dhesi will take on Pakistani Zaman Anwar for the men’s 125 kg title.

Taylor wins bronze

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.

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

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.


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