Canada got off to a strong start on Day 9 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Saturday, winning medals in men’s rhythmic gymnastics, diving, boxing and hammer throw.
Kallemaa started the day with 28,200 points in the ring and finished 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 hoop gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Fellow Canadian Tatiana Cocsanova finished fifth (27,100).
Canada has won 19 gold, 28 silver and 30 bronze medals for a total of 77 medals over nine days of competition, currently placing them third in the standings.
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Kallemaa went on to earn 29,100 points in clubs, leading all competitors with an execution score of 8,200.
Australian Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva won gold ahead of Kallemaa with 29,400 points for her third medal in Birmingham. Malaysian Izzah Amzan took bronze (28,600)
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Kallemaa added her second bronze of the day with 27,500 points in ribbon. Malaysian Ng Joe Ee won gold (27,800) and finished ahead of Scottish Louise Christie (27,550).
Kallemaa also helped Canada to gold in the team final on Thursday.
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Suzanna Shahbazian of Montreal claimed silver in the ball event with 29,050 points for her second medal of the Games.
Joe Ee won another gold medal with 29,700 points, while Sokolova rounded out the podium with 28,800 points.
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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 meters in his fifth of six attempts.
England’s Nick Miller won gold (76.43 m) and Alexandro Poursanidis from Cyprus took bronze with a season-best throw of 73.97 m.
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Vallée, Erlam plunge to bronze
Canadian diving duo Mia Vallée and Margo Erlam added bronze to the country’s impressive medal tally in the group with bronze in the women’s synchronized three-meter springboard final.
The Canadians collected 297.00 points during five dives at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham.
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Australian Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith won all five rounds and topped the podium with 316.53 points.
Ng Yan Yee and Nur Dhabitah of Malaysia knocked the Canadians out of silver with a strong final dive – 2½ somersaults ahead 1 turn – earning 67.50 points for a total of 299.85.
It is Vallée’s second medal at these Games, after also winning gold in the women’s one meter springboard on Friday.
Dhillon, Sanford earn boxing bronze
Boxer Priyanka Dhillon took home a bronze medal in the women’s 48-kilogram division after reaching the semifinals.
The Winnipeg native started the competition by winning 4-1 on points against Kenya’s Christine Ongare, who won bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. But Dhillon lost her semifinal match to Indian Nitu Ghanghas after the referee halted the match in the third round.
Dhillon also took bronze at the 2022 AMBC Continental Championships in March, where she represented Canada for the first time.
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Canadian Olympian Wyatt Sanford was also awarded a bronze medal in the men’s 63.5kg division after losing on points to Scottish Reese Lynch in the semi-final.
The 23-year-old from Kennetcook, NS advanced to the medal fight after three straight wins.
Sanford opened the competition with a win over Niue’s De Niro Pao, and he followed it up with points decisions over Lesotho’s Qhobosheane Mohlerepe in the round of 16 and Uganda’s Joshua Tukamuhebwa in the quarter-finals.