Canada got off to a strong start on the fourth day of competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England — surpassing the 20-medal mark with the help of three artistic gymnasts.
The Laval, Que., native finished with a total of 14,166 points, 500 behind gold medalist Jake Jarman and 200 more than Giarnni Regini-Moran, who took bronze. Both Jarman and Regini-Moran are from England.
On Friday, Dolci helped Canada claim silver in the men’s team event along with Mathys Jalbert, Kenji Tamane, Jayson Rampersad and Chris Kaji. Dolci finished fourth in the men’s all-around final on Saturday, which was also won by Jarman.
WATCH l Dolci earns men’s floor exercise silver:
Laurie Denommée of Laval, Que., also earned silver in the women’s vault final.
The 21-year-old finished tied with gold medalist Georgia Godwin of Australia at 13,233 points, but missed out on first place due to the highest execution score criteria.
The Canadian outdid Godwin in the second attempt, reaching a score of 12,900 to beat the Australian’s 12,766. In the first go, Denommée tallied 13,566 points, 134 shy of Godwin’s.
Shannon Archer of Scotland earned bronze with 13,083, while fellow Canadian Emma Spence finished fourth (13,050).
Super vaulting for SILVER 🇨🇦🥈
Canada’s Laurie Denommée wins Commonwealth Games silver in the women’s vault 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Ob9w3cTcuV to>
In the men’s pommel horse, Rampersad grabbed Canada’s third artistic gymnastics medal of the day with a score of 14,000.
Rampersad, who just celebrated his 19th birthday on Sunday, had a 5,900 difficulty score and 8,100 points in the execution column to finish behind Northern Ireland’s Rhys Mc Clenaghan (14,133) and England’s Joe Fraser (14,833).
WATCH l Rampersad wins men’s pommel horse bronze:
Vachon lifts to bronze
Nicolas Vachon lifted a bronze medal in the men’s 81-kilogram category.
The 26-year-old from Saint-Hippolyte, Que., lifted 140 kg on his third and final snatch attempt and 180 kg on his second clean and jerk world record try.
Vachon went for gold with his last try, but failed to lift 187 kg. England’s Chris Murray set a new Games record with 325 kg to take gold, while Australia’s Kyle Bruce won silver with 323 kg.
Canadian weightlifter Nicolas Vachon wins bronze in a thrilling men’s 81kg competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games pic.twitter.com/BLlxB6HgiN
Canadian judokas have already secured two more medals on Monday as sisters Christa Deguchi and Kelly Deguchi advanced to the finals in the 57 kg and 52 kg categories, respectively.
Canada’s Deguchi sisters are going for GOLD! 🇨🇦👏
Christa Deguchi, Canada’s first-ever judo world champion moves on to the final in the 57kg division
The Canadian team won 82 at the Games four years ago in Australia. The Games close on Monday, Aug. 8.