Commonwealth Games

Canada wins 2 more wrestling golds at Commonwealth Games

Canada capped its successful wrestling campaign at the Commonwealth Games with two more gold medals on Thursday, bringing its total in Glasgow to seven.

Canadian team tops with 7 titles

Canada capped its successful wrestling campaign at the Commonwealth Games with two more gold medals on Thursday.

Danielle Lappage took the title in the women’s freestyle 63 kg class, while TamerlanTagziev won gold in the men’s 86 kg event.

Lappage defeated Geetika Jakhar of India 7-0 in the final. Blandine Metala Epanga of Cameroon and Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria won bronze.

"It was awesome. The Games experience, the whole thing was just incredible," Lappage said. "The crowd was amazing. I've never wrestled in front of this many excited people before."

Tagziev defeated Andrew Dick of Nigeria 14-4. India’s Pawan Kumar and South Africa’s Armando Hietbrink won bronze medals.

"It's a big deal to represent our country. I'm proud of being Canadian," said Tagziev. "I'm so happy that I can make all Canadians happy.

"I'm so proud. The national anthem [played] for me."

Canada led all Commonwealth countries with seven wrestling titles. India was second, with five, and Nigeria finished third, with two victories. Canada picked up 12 wrestling medals total (seven gold, two silver, three bronze).

Two silvers were added to Canada’s wrestling collection earlier on Day 8.

Brittanee Laverdure of Calgary earned a silver medal in women’s 55 kg class. She lost in the gold medal final 9-2 to India’s Babita Kumari. Laverdure broke her finger during the match but continued to compete until time was up. Louisa Porogovska of England and Ifeoma Nwoye took bronze.

Yogeshwar Dutt of India defeated Canadian Jevon Balfour in their gold-medal bout in the men’s 65 kg class. Sampson Clarkson of Nigeria and Alex Gladkov of Scotland took bronze. 

Elsewhere, Canada won more gold in weightlifting, diving, and gymnastics on Day 8. 

Montreal diver Meaghan Benfeito won her second gold in Glasgow, taking the title in the women’s 10-metre platform event. Synchro teammate Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., won bronze. 

Gymnast Scott Morgan of North Vancouver, B.C., won gold in the rings competition to add to the silver he won earlier in the day in the floor event. Kevin Lytwyn of Stoney Creek, Ont., took the silver.

Weightlifter George Kobaladze set a Commonwealth Games record on the way to winning the title in the men’s 105+ kg category.

With files from The Canadian Press


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