Manitoba sets new records for golds and total medals
Sport Manitoba – It was a record-breaking day for Team Manitoba in more ways than one. Not only did Manitoba athletes set a new record-high for medals won at the Canada Games, but they also set a new record for the province’s gold medal haul. Highlight performances today included four medals won in wrestling, a second gold medal won by swimmer Oksana Chaput, a semifinal win in female volleyball, and a collection of six medals earned in canoe kayak for Team Manitoba. Canoe kayak athlete Maddy Mitchell earned her fifth medal, which leads all individuals on Team Manitoba.
By beginning the day with 30 total medals and ending at 41, Team Manitoba reached and soared past the previous record of 35. The old benchmark was set in 2013 at the last Canada Summer Games, held in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Manitoba also earned its ninth gold medal today surpassing the previous high set in 1997 at the Canada Games held in Brandon, Manitoba.
Swimmer Oksana Chaput became the only Team Manitoba athlete with multiple golds, capturing her second first-place finish in the 50-metre freestyle final. Other gold medal efforts today included wrestlers Hunter Lee and Jessica Rabet, as well the female canoe team of Nicole Boyle, Maddy Mitchell, Sandra Page, and Naomi Stevens, who won the 200-metre final.
Maddy Mitchell won both a gold and silver today, giving her one gold, two silver, and two bronze at the Canada Summer Games. Her five medals is the most won by a Team Manitoba athlete at the games.
In addition to gold medals by Hunter Lee and Jessica Rabet, Manitoba also earned silver medals in wrestling with Khaled Aldrar and Carson Lee.
Team Manitoba’s male golfers needed a playoff after finishing in a tie for third with Alberta and New Brunswick after the final round at Southwood Golf & Country Club. The playoff lasted three holes with New Brunswick ultimately taking the bronze. Ryan MacMillan finished eighth overall in the individual rankings.
After their semifinal win tonight versus Ontario, the female volleyball squad will play for gold against Alberta. That final goes down at 5 p.m. at Investors Group Athletic Centre. The male soccer team also plays for a medal, aiming for bronze versus Quebec at 4 p.m.
Schedule for Friday, August 12:
4:00 p.m. – Bronze Medal Game – Team Manitoba vs. Team Quebec – Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex
11:00 a.m. – Team Manitoba vs. Team New Brunswick – John Blumberg Softball Complex
5:00 p.m. – Gold Medal Game – Female Volleyball – Team Manitoba vs. Team Alberta – Investor Group Athletic Centre
4:00 p.m. – Female Criterium
6:00 p.m. – Male Criterium
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