Canada gets its golden groove

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:19 PM ET

Canadian athletes had the Midas touch Thursday at the Commonwealth Games, winning nine gold medals as well as one silver and two bronze.

The medal haul doubled Canada's total at the Games to 24 -- 11 gold, two silver and 11 bronze.

Synchronized swimmer Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., accounted for two of the golds Thursday, winning the solo competition and combining with Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., to take top spot in duet.

Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., won gold in the men's 100-metre freestyle in a time of 47.98 seconds -- the fastest in the world this year.

Hayden led from start to finish, topping the previous best of the year, 48.13 set by Michael Phelps at the Pan Pacific Championships in August.

"This win means a whole lot to me," Hayden said in Delhi. "There had been only two major championships that I hadn't won a gold medal and this was one of them. Now I just got to work on getting that Olympic medal."

Golden hat trick

The Canadian athletics team recorded a hat trick of gold medals.

Para shot putter Kyle Pettey's gold medal performance set a world record with an 11.44-metre throw. The 24-year-old from Brampton, Ont., shattered his previous world record of 11.24 metres, which he set earlier this year in Sherbrooke.

Athletics is one of four Commonwealth competitions that include divisions for athletes with a disability.

Pettey, who has cerebral palsy, finished ahead of England's Daniel James West, who won silver, and bronze medallist Hamish Macdonald of Australia.

''I feel awesome," Pettey said. "My first three throws were not what I would have hoped for but I reloaded and (coach) Dave Greig pushed me really hard.

"It's my first major win. I have come second or third at other events and now it's all come together in a major games."

Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., won the men's shot put with a Commonwealth record 21.02-metre throw. Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ont., also set a Commonwealth record with her golden 68.57-metre hammer throw.

Wrestling success

The Canadian wrestling team also enjoyed a strong day. Less than a day after the Canadian Greco-Wrestlers brought home two medals, the wrestling team accounted for three golds.

Freestyle wrestler Carol Huynh of New Hazelton, B.C., beat crowd favourite Nirmala Devi of India 7-3 for the 48-kg gold medal. Huynh is the reigning Olympic champion. Huynh trailed early in the match but came back strong to capture the gold.

"It was a little nerve-racking, she surprised me, I have wrestled her before," Huynh said. "I said to myself, wait a minute, this is mine."

Justine Bouchard of Wetaskiwin, Alta., won gold in the 63-kg freestyle and Ohenawa Akuffo of Guelph, Ont., became the 72-kg champion.

Canadian wrestlers have accounted for six of Canada's medals at the Games. Jack Bond (silver), Promise Mwenga (bronze) and Eric Feunekes (bronze) also have won medals at this year's event,

Other medals

The Canadian women's archery team of Camille Bouffard-Demers, Doris Jones and Ashley Wallace won a silver medal in compound bows. They lost to England in the final, 232-229.

The gymnastics team accounted for two bronze medals. Quebec's Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette finished third in the uneven bars while Winnipeg's Gabby May took home the hardware in the vault competition.

Canada now ranks fourth in the medal standings behind Australia, India and England. The Canadians' pre-Games goal was a top-three finish overall.


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