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Canadian hammer thrower Camryn Rogers wins gold at the Commonwealth Games

Canada’s hammer thrower Camryn Rogers topped the podium in Saturday’s women’s final to win the country’s 22nd gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

The 23-year-old from Richmond, BC, launched her third throw at 74.08 meters to win the event in front of a roaring crowd at Alexander Stadium.

New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe took silver with a throw of 69.63 m, while her compatriot Jillian Weir of Kingston, Ontario, took bronze (67.35 m).

Canada’s Kaila Butler finished eighth with a best throw of 64.22 m.

Rogers reached the finals on Thursday and set a new game record with a throw of 74.68 m to lead the qualifying round.

Canada has also won 29 silver and 33 bronze medals for a total of 84 medals over nine days of competition, currently ranking third overall.

WATCH l Rogers wins hammer throw gold, Weir takes bronze:

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Camryn Rogers and Jillian Weir win gold and bronze in the Commonwealth Games hammer throw final

Camryn Rogers of Richmond, BC won the event with her 3rd throw, recording a total of 74.08 yards. Jillian Weir of Kingston, Ontario made the podium with 67.35 meters.

Wreslters Di Stasio, Randhawa win gold medals

Canadian wrestler Justina Di Stasio topped the podium in the women’s 76kg division earlier Saturday.

The 29-year-old from Coquitlam, BC, defeated Nigeria’s Hannah Rueben 4-2 in the gold medal match at the Coventry Arena.

Di Stasio, who also won a world title in 2018, advanced to the final after two dominant wins earlier in the day. She defeated Australia’s Naomi de Bruine 10-0 in the quarter-finals and defeated India’s Pooja Sihag 6-0 in the semi-finals.

WATCH l Di Stasio Wins Women’s 76kg Final:

Justina Di Stasio wins the gold medal in the 76 kg freestyle wrestling final at the Commonwealth Games

The Coquitlam, BC native defeated Nigerian Hannah Rueben 4-2 to claim the gold medal.

Nishan Randhawa of Abbotsford, BC also won a gold medal by winning the men’s 97kg final, beating South Africa’s Nicolaas De Lange 9-3.

The 24-year-old secured his place in the gold medal match with a 7-0 win in the semis against Tayab Raza of Pakistan. Randhawa won a close match against India’s Deepak Nehra in Saturday’s quarterfinals, prevailing 8-6.

WATCH l Randhawa tops the men’s 97kg podium:

Nishan Randhawa wins the gold medal in the 97 kg freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games

The Abbotsford, BC-based wrestler defeated South Africa’s Nicolaas De Lange 9-3 to give Canada another wrestling medal.

Kallemaa claims 3 medals in rhythmic gymnastics

Canada got off to a strong start on Saturday with four medals in rhythmic gymnastics.

Carmel Kallemaa led with three podiums. The 24-year-old from Toronto won silver in the Clubs event and bronze in both the Ribbon and Hoop events.

Kallemaa started the day with 28,200 points in the hoop, finishing third behind Anna Sokolova of Cyprus (28,300) and Gemma Frizelle of Wales (28,700), who made history as the first Welsh gymnast to win gold in the hoop at the Commonwealth Games.

Her Canadian compatriot Tatiana Cocsanova was fifth (27,100).

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Carmel Kallemaa wins bronze in the rhythmic gymnastics hoop final at the Commonwealth Games

The Toronto native scored 28,200 points and placed 3rd in the hoop final. Her Canadian compatriot Tatiana Cocsanova was fifth with 27,100 points.

Kallemaa accumulated 29,100 points in rackets and led all competitors with 8,200 execution points.

Australia’s Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva won gold ahead of Kallemaa with 29,400 points for her third medal in Birmingham. Izzah Amzan of Malaysia took bronze (28,600)

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Carmel Kallemaa wins the silver medal in the Rhythmic Gymnastics final at the Commonwealth Games

Toronto’s Carmel Kallemaa placed 2nd in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Finals with 29,100 points.

Kallemaa added her second bronze of the day with 27,500 points in ribbon. Malaysia’s Ng Joe Ee won gold (27.800) ahead of Scotland’s Louise Christie (27.550).

Kallemaa also helped Canada win gold in Thursday’s team finals.

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Carmel Kallemaa takes Bronze in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Ribbon Finals at the Commonwealth Games

The Toronto native won her 3rd medal of the day at the Games, winning bronze in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Ribbon Finals with 27,500 points.

Suzanna Shahbazian of Montreal took silver in the ball event with 29,050 points for her second medal of those games.

Joe Ee won another gold medal with 29,700 while Sokolova completed the podium with 28,800 points.

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Suzanna Shahbazian takes silver in the rhythmic gymnastics ball tournament at the Commonwealth Games

Suzanna Shahbazian of Montreal placed 2nd in the rhythmic gymnastics ball final with 29,050 points.

Hammer thrower Katzberg wins silver

Ethan Katzberg won Canada’s third silver medal of the day in the men’s hammer throw final.

The 20-year-old from Nanaimo, BC, set a new personal best with a throw of 76.36 yards on his fifth of six attempts.

England’s Nick Miller won gold (76.43m) and Alexandro Poursanidis of Cyprus won bronze with a season best throw of 73.97m.

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Ethan Katzberg wins silver in the hammer throw final at the Commonwealth Games

The Nanaimo, BC native threw for 76.36 yards to set a new personal best and earn a silver medal.

Vallée, Erlam jump to bronze

Canadian ski jumping duo Mia Vallée and Margo Erlam added to the country’s impressive pool medal tally with bronze in the women’s synchronized three-meter springboard final.

The Canadians accumulated 297.00 points over five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham.

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Mia Vallée and Margo Erlam win bronze in the 3m synchronized springboard final at the Commonwealth Games

The Canadian duo placed 3rd in the women’s synchronized three-meter springboard final with a final score of 297.00.

Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith won all five rounds to top the podium with 316.53 points.

Malaysia’s Ng Yan Yee and Nur Dhabitah ousted the Canadians from the silver position with a strong final jump – 2½ forward somersaults, 1 spin – earning 67.50 points for a total of 299.85.

It’s Vallée’s second medal at these games after she also won gold in the women’s one-meter springboard on Friday.

Canadian jumpers Margo Erlam (left) and Mia Vallée pose with their bronze medals on Saturday. (Stoyan Nenov)

Canadian wrestlers continue to shine

Along with Di Stasio’s gold medal, Canada’s freestyle wrestlers added four more medals on the final day of wrestling.

Samantha Stewart took silver in the women’s 53kg Nordic tournament with a 6-5 point win over Nigeria’s Mercy Adekuoroye. In the Nordic format, wrestlers compete in a round robin to determine the top three wrestlers.

The 32-year-old from Fredericton, NB, lost her opening match of the day when she was pinned by India’s Vinesh Phogat, who went on to win gold. But she bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win over Sri Lanka’s Chamodya Keshani Maduravalage Don.

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Samantha Stewart wins silver in 53kg Nordic Wrestling at the Commonwealth Games

The Fredericton native narrowly defeated Nigeria’s Mercy Adekuoroye 6-5 in their last round robin match to win silver.

Madison Parks of Komoka, Ontario made it to the gold medal match in the women’s 50kg division but was pinned in the final by Mercy Genesis of Nigeria, earning her a silver medal.

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Madison Parks settles for a silver in the 50kg freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games

The Komoka, Ont. native was defeated by Mercy Genesis of Nigeria in the finals of the competition and won a silver medal.

Darthe Capellan of Coquitlam, BC won his bronze medal match in the men’s 57 kg category, defeating Jakobo Tau of South Africa 12-2.

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Darthe Capellan wins bronze medal in 57kg wrestling at Commonwealth Games

A native of Coquitlam, BC, defeated South Africa’s Jakobo Tau 12-2 to secure 3rd place.

Jasmit Phulka of Abbotsford, BC added Canada’s fourth wrestling medal of the day in the men’s 74kg division with a comfortable 11-1 win over New Zealand’s Cole Hawkins in the bronze medal match.

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Jasmit Phulka wins the bronze medal in 74 kg freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games

The competitor from Abbotsford, BC defeated New Zealand’s Cole Hawkins 11-1 to take the bronze.

Dhillon, Sanford, Al-Ahmadieh win bronze in boxing

Boxer Priyanka Dhillon took home a bronze medal in the women’s 48kg division after making it to the semifinals.

The Winnipeg native started the competition with a 4-1 win on points over Kenya’s Christine Ongare, who won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. But Dhillon lost her semi-final match to India’s Nitu Ghanghas after the referee ended the contest in the third round.

Bronze medals are automatically awarded to the semi-final losers.

Dhillon also won bronze at the 2022 AMBC Continental Championships in March, where she represented Canada for the first time.

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Priyanka Dhillon settles for the bronze medal in the 48kg boxing semifinals at the Commonwealth Games

The Winnipeg native fell to India’s Nitu Ghanghas after the referee ended the contest in the 3rd round.

Canadian Olympian Wyatt Sanford was also awarded a bronze medal in the men’s 63.5 kg division after losing on points to Scotland’s Reese Lynch in the semifinals.

The 23-year-old from Kennetcook, NS, advanced to the semi-finals after three consecutive wins.

Sanford opened the contest with a one-stop win over Niue’s De Niro Pao, followed by points decisions over Lesotho’s Qhobosheane Mohlerepe and Uganda’s Joshua Tukamuhebwa.

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Wyatt Sanford finishes 63.5 kg boxing semifinals at the Commonwealth Games with bronze

The 23-year-old from Kennetcook, NS, failed in the 63.5 kg class against Scotland’s Reese Lynch.

Keoma-Ali Al-Ahmadieh took home Canada’s third boxing bronze medal of the day in the men’s 57 kg division. He was unable to compete in the semifinals due to injury and walked over Ireland’s Jude Gallagher to the semifinals.

The Montreal native was on a strong run after points wins over Australia’s Charlie Senior in the round of 16 and Olympian Keevin Allicock of Guyana in the quarters.

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(CBC)

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