Both Justina Di Stasio and Nishan Randhawa won gold, leading Canada’s wrestling medal tally at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.
Canada also won the track gold medal with Camryn Rogers of Richmond, British Columbia winning the women’s hammer throw.
All six wrestlers who competed at Coventry Arena on Saturday finished on the podium.
Di Stasio, 29, from Burnaby, British Columbia, won the women’s 76 kg division in the final, beating Hannah Amchech Ruben of Nigeria 4-2 in the final by a 4-point takedown.
“She was very strong, but when I pulled her down the first two times, I felt her pulling up,” Di Stacio explained. “She was strong enough to pull her up, so I let her go so she could sneak in.
“But if I missed, she knew it was coming, so I had to be patient.”
Di Stazio won the 72kg world title in Budapest, Hungary in 2018 and the silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
“We had a game plan,” the Canadian said on Saturday. “Sometimes I give up on the game plan, but in that game I could hear the coach saying something and I could hear it, so that was pretty good.”
Abbotsford, British Columbia’s Randawa beat South Africa’s Nicholas de Lange 6-1 in the second half of the final game to secure a decisive 9-3 win.
“As the match progressed, I think we picked up the pace a little bit,” said the 24-year-old Randawa. “I feel great. It’s been a long road and I’ve had some injuries along the way.
“We finish strong. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going to the Senior World Championships in Serbia.”
Madison Parks of Brantford, Ontario, and Samantha Stewart of Fredericton, Ontario won silver medals in the women’s 50 kg and 53 kg categories respectively.
Darth Kapelan of Surrey, BC and Jasmit Pulka of Abbotsford, BC won bronze medals in the men’s 57 kg and 74 kg categories.
The 2002 Commonwealth Games will end on Monday in Birmingham, UK.
On the track, Rodgers was the only woman to throw more than 70 meters in a winning toss of 74.08. Canadian teammate Gillian Weir of Kingston, Ontario won the bronze medal.
Ethan Katsburg of Nanaimo, BC, set a career-high 76.36 meters for the silver medal in the men’s hammer throw.
The rhythmic gymnastics team closed out the competition on Saturday with four medals. Carmel Kallemaa won silver in clubs and bronze in both hoops and ribbons.
The 24-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario has won four medals at Birmingham, including gold in the team event.
“It was my dream to compete in this competition,” said Kalemár.
“At first, I never dreamed that I would be able to go to the final.
“To reach three finals and one medal in each event is unbelievable. Definitely one of the best days of my life so far.”
Her Montreal teammate Susannah Shabazian also won gold for the team and won silver in the ball final.
A day after winning the women’s one-meter springboard, Kirkland, Co. Que’s diver Mia Vallee took bronze in a synchronized springboard with Saskatoon’s Margo Earlam.
Valle, who won silver in the 3-meter springboard at this year’s World Championships in Budapest, will compete in the event on Sunday.
– Canadian Press
Canadian wrestlers Di Stacio and Randawa win gold at Commonwealth Games
Source link Canadian wrestlers Di Stacio and Randawa win gold at Commonwealth Games