Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Five Outstanding Canadians At Commonwealth Games 2014

Patricia Bezzoubenko of Canada kisses her three gold and one bronze medals after the Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual finals at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Precinct during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Canada finished a strong third in the overall medal tally at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, behind powerhouses England and Australia.

More than 260 Canadian athletes took part in the multi-sport, 10-day event, creating dozens of memorable moments that will likely fuel many of the athletes as they train for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Overall, Canada raked in an impressive 82 medals at this year's games – 32 gold, 16 silver and 34 bronze. Here are five Canadian athletes that stood out:

Sultana Frizell, hammer throw
The 29-year-old Perth, Ont., native shattered three Commonwealth records in Glasgow and defended her gold medal from four years ago when she threw 71.69 metres in the hammer throw. Frizell, who will be Canada’s flagbearer during Sunday's closing ceremony, is currently ranked fourth in the world.
Sultana Frizell

Ryan Cochrane, swimmer
The Canadian record holder and Olympic medallist was the first athlete at this year's game to win a gold. The experienced swimmer torpedoed his way through the 400-metre freestyle event in three minutes 43.46 seconds, 0.63 seconds ahead of Australia's David McKeon, who claimed the silver. Cochrane also defended his gold in the 1,500-metre freestyle that he won four years ago at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Ryan Cochrane

Patricia Bezzoubenko, rhythmic gymnastics
This three-time Canadian junior champion captured five of the six gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics this year – just one gold medal shy of matching the mark set by fellow rhythmic gymnast and Canadian Alexandra Orlando, who won six gold medals at the Melbourne, Australia Commonwealth Games in 2006. Bezzoubenko, who trains in Moscow with Russia's national rhythmic gymnastics team, lists Thornhill, Ont., as her hometown

Patricia Bezzoubenko

Kirsten Sweetland, triathlon
After years of battling one stress fracture after another, 25-year-old Kirsten Sweetland captured a silver in the women's triathlon – the first medal for Canada in the Games. The Victoria athlete crossed the finished line at 1:59:01, behind England's Jodie Stimpson, who clocked in 1:58:56. When asked about what it was like to win, Sweetland said it was "totally pain free" and "unbelievable."
Kirsten Sweetland

Michelle Li, badminton
Ontario badminton player Michelle Li won a historic gold medal for Canada on the final day of the Games when she beat Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in two straight sets. Li's gold medal win was the first time Canada has ever medaled in the women's singles event.
Michelle Li


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