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Canadians watch the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday

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Canada had another big day at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England with 13 medals. The haul included five gold medals — from swimmer Josh Liendo, weightlifter Maya Laylor, judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, and the women’s wheelchair and 3-on-3 disabled basketball teams.

In five days of competition, Canada collected 46 medals – 11 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze. That’s enough for third place in the overall standings behind Australia and England. Read more about today’s Canadian medalists and watch the highlights here.

The swim competition concludes on Wednesday and Summer McIntosh will once again be in the spotlight for Canada. The 15-year-old exceptional talent has already won four medals here: gold in the women’s 200 m and 400 m individual medley, as well as one silver and one bronze medal in the freestyle relay. McIntosh broke the junior world record in her two individual wins, along with the Commonwealth Games record in the 400 IM. With those performances following her four medals at the World Championships, where she won two golds and one silver, this really was the summer of summer.

McIntosh will look to wrap up another hugely successful meeting on Wednesday when she competes in the WOmen’s 400m Freestyle. Assuming she survives the morning heat – a pretty safe bet considering she won silver at Worlds in this event – McIntosh will be in contention Finals at 3:48 p.m. ET. Canada has one team in the women’s 4x100m medley relay final at 4:08pm ET, but that could be close for McIntosh after her grueling 400m.

Other Canadian stars to feature in the final day of swimming:

Nicholas Bennett in the S14 Men’s 200m Freestyle Final at 2:22 p.m. ET. It was in this competition that the 18-year-old won one of the two silver medals he won at the Para World Championships in June.

Josh Liendo in the Men’s 50 Meter Freestyle Final at 2:45 p.m. ET. After a previous bronze medal in the relay competition, the 19-year-old today won his first Commonwealth Games gold in the 100m butterfly. On Wednesday, Liendo is targeting another solo medal in the 50m free and could also swim for Canada in the men’s 4x100m individual medley final at 3:58pm ET.

Kylie Masse in the Women’s 50m Backstroke Final at 2:51 p.m. ET. The two-time world champion in the 100m backstroke claimed her first world title in the 50 in June. Masse is targeting her third podium of the meet after taking silver at both the 100 and 200. Her chances are good after she broke the Commonwealth Games record in today’s semi-final.

How to see: Six separate feeds of live events will stream daily starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports App and CBC Gem. All of Wednesday’s swim finals will air on Channel 1 from 2:07 p.m. ET. You can find all six channels here.

Other Canadians are watching the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday

Hollie Naughton in the Women’s Singles Squash Final at 1pm ET on Channel 4. The 20th player in the world meets No. 8 Georgina Kennedy of England for gold. Win or lose, Naughton becomes the first Canadian to win a squash medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Sarah Mitton in the Women’s Shot Put Final at 3:05pm ET on Channel 2. The 26-year-old has a good chance of winning gold after finishing fourth at the World Championships last month, behind three non-Commonwealth athletes. Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd (world tenth) could challenge Mitton after surpassing them in the qualifying round and New Zealand’s Maddison-Lee Wesche (world seventh) is also a challenger. But Mitton has the highest ceiling: Her best throw of the season of 20.33 m is far better than anyone in the field.

Tammara Thibeault in the Women’s Middleweight Boxing Quarterfinals at 3:45 p.m. ET on Channel 4. The aspiring young fighter won a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as a 21-year-old and then added a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships. Last summer, she won her debut Olympic bout before being eliminated in the second round. Thibeault built on that experience that year, winning gold at the Pan American Championships and World Championships within weeks. She was awarded a bye to the Commonwealth Quarterfinals where she will meet Hepseba Angel of the Cayman Islands at 3:45pm ET. The winner of this match is guaranteed a medal as both semifinal losers are automatically awarded bronze. Read more about Thibeault here.

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