Latest Athletics News (Week 3 April 2018)

Erica Weibe carries Canadian flag at CWG closing ceremony

Canadian wrestler Erica Weibe skilfully and successfully defended her title of CWG Women’s Freestyle 76kg wrestling on Wednesday in Gold Coast. In her quarter-final match, Weibe gained a swift victor, pinning Hajaratu Kamara of Sierra Leonne in some seconds more than a minute. The Canadian won the semi-final by defeating English wrestler Georgina Nelthorpe by a score of 11-0. Lastly, in the final round, Weibe pinned Blessing Onyebuchi from Nigeria to claim her second Commonwealth games gold. Her first victory of the title as a rookie at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in 2014 was followed by her winning the Olympic gold in 2016 in Rio. Her mesmerizing performance also made her Canada’s flag bearer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony. The 28-year-old says that her victory is the product of her past failures and she feels ecstatic to have been able to defend her CWG title. She described her flag-bearing experience as “surreal” and also announced her goal to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.


Hamilton College Continentals win on Seneca Lake

On Saturday morning, the Hamilton College Continentals beat William Smith College and Rochester Institute of Technology in the varsity and second varsity 8 races on the Seneca Lake in Geneva, New York. The team is ranked fourth in the Division III Top 15 coaches poll and finished the concerned race with a time of 7:28.051, beating RIT (7:31.391) by a little more than three seconds in the varsity 8. RIT, which holds the 8th rank in the poll was runner up while William Smith College (7:38.991), ranked 12th, came third in the race. The second varsity 8 race experienced some heated competition, with the Continentals (7:51.190) regaining from an initial lag to win the round with William Smith (7:54.40) coming second and RIT (7:55.01) ending up in the third position. The Hamilton College Continentals finished second in the third varsity 8 race with a time of 8:10.639, behind RIT (8:01.679).


India finishes with 66 medals, surpasses 2014 CWG medal tally

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games proved to be a fabulous outing for India. In the 12 days of heated competition, Indian athletes won 66 medals, 26 out of them gold, hence surpassing the medal tally of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games which was of 64 medals with 15 gold medals. The fantastic performance by Indian shooters, wrestlers, boxers, shuttlers, weightlifters and paddlers resulted in the country ending up third place of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, behind Australia and England. Among these were some record-breaking performances, such as 16-year-old Manu Bhaker registering a never-before  240.9 points in women’s 10m air pistol and Sanjeev Rajput shattering the CWG record in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions with 454.5 points. The 21st Commonwealth Games closing ceremony saw the Indian athletes standing tall and proud with legendary boxer Mary Kom as India’s flag-bearer.