Commonwealth Games: Canada’s Maude Charron earns weightlifting gold


The Canadians racked up eight more medals at the Commonwealth Games.

Maude Charron of Sainte-Luce, Que., won gold in the women’s 64kg weightlifting event on Monday, setting a Commonwealth Games record, while Nicolas Vachon of Saint-Hippolyte in Quebec, captured bronze in the men’s 81 kg program.

Four gymnasts stood on the podium for Canada, starting with Felix Dolci of Laval, Que., who won silver on men’s floor for his second Commonwealth Games medal.

Laurie Denommee of Saint-Eustache, Que., took silver in women’s vault, Jayson Rampersad of Mississauga, Ont., bronze on men’s pommel horse and Chris Kaji of Vancouver took bronze on rings masculine.

The cyclists added two bronze medals for Canada with Maggie Coles Lyster of Maple Ridge, BC, taking the podium in the 10 kilometer and Kelsey Mitchell of Sherwood Park, Alta., medalist in the women’s Keirin.

Canada is fifth in the medal standings with four gold, eight silver and 14 bronze.

Charron lifted 101 kilograms in the snatch, then 130 in the clean and jerk. The 29-year-old topped the standings in every section, finishing 15 kilograms ahead of the second-highest overall score.

Australian Sarah Cochrane won silver with a total weight of 216 kilograms and Islamiyat Yusuf of Nigeria was third with 212.

Vachon lifted a total of 320 kilograms, behind Englishman Chris Murray (325) and Australian Kyle Bruce (323).

Dolci, of Laval, Que., won his silver medal with a score of 14.166, finishing behind winner Jake Jarman of Britain (14.666).

Giarnni Regini-Moran of England won bronze with 13.966 points.

Dolci won his first medal of the Games on the opening day of competition when he helped Canada finish second in the men’s team final.

Denommee was just behind Georgia Godwin with identical scores of 13.233 on vault, with the advantage going to the Australian depending on the difficulty. Scotland’s Shannon Archer (13.083) took bronze.

Rampersad’s score of 14,000 came behind England’s Joe Fraser (14.833) and Northern Irishman Rhys Mc Clenaghan (14.133).

Kaji finished third on the podium with 14.266 in the men’s rings final, with England’s Courtney Tulloch (14.400) taking gold and Cypress’ Sokratis Pilakouris (14.300) silver.

Coles-Lyster finished behind England’s Laura Kenny and New Zealand’s Michaela Drummond respectively in the women’s 10 kilometer scratch race.

Mitchell completed the Keirin podium, with New Zealand’s Ellesse Andrews taking gold and England’s Sophie Capewell silver.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 1, 2022.

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