"Sweet Sammy" wins gold at Commonwealth Games

Canada's gold medalist Samir El-Mais poses on the podium with his medal after the men's heavy...

Canada's gold medalist Samir El-Mais poses on the podium with his medal after the men's heavy (91kg) final boxing bout at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS

Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun

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It wasn't Willie deWit and Shawn O'Sullivan winning gold in Brisbane in 1982.

It wasn't Lennox Lewis and Scotty Olson winning gold just over an hour's drive from here over in Edinburgh in 1986.

But it was the final Saturday of the Commonwealth Games and there were two Canadians in gold medal bouts again for the first time in a long time.

Canada hadn't won a gold medal bout since 2002 and four years ago Canada didn’t even manage to manufacture a medal of any color at the boxing venue.

But this night “Sweet Sammy” Samir El-Mais of Windsor won Canada's 31st and, quite likely, final gold medal of these Games.

“It's been a while. That was (Jean) Pascal, right?” said the heavyweight of the Manchester 2002 gold.

“I'm glad to remake history. I was telling the people from back home that I wanted to hear the national anthem. That's going to feel great.

 


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