Commonwealth Games 2022: Two medals for Maggie MacNeil on Day 2 – Canadian Olympic Committee | Hot Mobile Press

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Team Canada continued to add to their medal haul during day two of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Two Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions – Maggie Mac Neil and Kelsey Mitchell – clinched their first individual medals of the Games as Canadian athletes had seven podium finishes throughout the day.

Team Canada at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Here’s a quick look at what happened:

To swim

Maggie MacNeil won the gold medal in the women’s 100m butterfly, breaking the Commonwealth Games record with her time of 56.36 seconds. The event’s reigning Olympic champion returned to the top of the podium after opting not to swim individual events at the last FINA World Championships.

She passed Australia’s Emma McKeon on the wall by just 0.02 seconds. McKeon had held a slight lead at the corner but Mac Neil used a great underwater kick to force his way forward. Katerine Savard was fifth (58.09) in the final while Rebecca Smith (59.54) was eighth.

A little over half an hour later (and right after Mac Neil’s awards ceremony), these three women were back in the water with Summer McIntosh for the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final, in which they won the bronze medal. McIntosh was leading and had Canada in third when she passed Savard. She and Smith held Canada in that position for anchor swimmer Mac Neil, who tried his best to make up ground on England but was beaten for the silver. Australia dominated the race for gold by nearly six seconds.

Canada also won bronze in the men’s 4 x 100 m freestyle final. Joshua Liendo had put Canada ahead after his starting leg but Ruslan Gaziev couldn’t quite hold it as Australia moved in front. Next was Finlay Knox, who found himself in a battle with England for second place, but handed over to anchor swimmer Javier Acevedo in third place, allowing them to finish.

Para swimmer Nicolas Guy Turbide won gold in the S13 men’s 50m freestyle final.

At the start of practice, Liendo finished sixth in the men’s 50m butterfly final after swimming a personal best of 23.42 seconds. Collyn Gagne finished seventh in the men’s 400m individual medley final. Kylie Masse was the fastest in the 100m backstroke semifinals with a time of 58.83 seconds. She will be joined in the final by Mary-Sophie Harvey, who placed sixth in the semifinals.

track cycling

Kelsey Mitchell won her second silver medal in as many days as she finished second in the women’s individual sprint. The event’s reigning Olympic champion, Mitchell, lost back-to-back races to Ellesse Andrews of New Zealand in the gold medal final. Lauriane Genest and Sarah Orban, who both shared silver with Mitchell in the team sprint on Friday, were eliminated in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Maggie Coles-Lyster, Ariane Bonhomme and Devaney Collier finished seventh, eighth and 13 respectively in the women’s individual pursuit. Michael Foley, Mathia Guillemette and Riley Pickrell finished 13th, 14 and 16 in the men’s individual pursuit.

Artistic gymnastics

Canadian quintet Emma Spence, Maya Zonneveld, Jenna Lalonde, Laurie Denommee and Cassandra Lee won the bronze medal in the women’s team competition. Her final score of 152,700 put her on the podium behind England (161,100) and Australia (158,000).

Spence is number four in qualifying for the all-around finals in which she will be joined by Denommee, who qualified two places down. Spence also qualified for all four apparatus finals. Denommee goes into the vault finals as the number two qualifier, while Lee was the second qualifier for the floor exercise finals, one spot ahead of Spence. Lalonde will stand alongside Spence in the uneven bars final.


Hannah Kaminski won the bronze medal in the women’s weight class up to 49 kg. She lifted a combined weight of 170 kg after successfully performing 74 kg in the snatch and 97 kg in the clean and jerk. Kaminski was just a kilo shy of matching the weight of silver medalist Marie Ranaivosoa of Mauritius. Chanu Mirabai of India took the gold medal with a record Commonwealth Games weight of 201 kg.

Canada came close to two more medals in weightlifting. Youri Simard finished the men’s 61 kg race a kilo off the podium and finished fourth. Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet also finished fourth in the women’s 55 kg event.


The Canadian women finished second in their pool with a record of two wins and one loss. That led to a semi-final showdown with Fiji leading the other pool with a 3-0 record. The Fijians emerged victorious from this match, winning 24-7 after four tries. Canada’s only try was scored by Captain Breanne Nicholas. The Canadians play New Zealand for the bronze medal on Sunday.

The Canadian men also finished second in their pool with an identical record of two wins and one loss. That put them in the quarter-finals against South Africa, who had gone unbeaten in pool. Unfortunately that game went all the way to South Africa as they won 33-0.

Commonwealth Games medal table after Day 2:

Running through August 8, the 2022 Commonwealth Games will feature 268 Canadian athletes competing in 18 sports and five parasports. You can stream the action live on CBC Gem, and the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices. Some competitions are also shown on CBC TV shows during the weekends.

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