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Canada knocked out of Commonwealth Squash Doubles

The four Canadian squash doubles pairs were eliminated from competition in Delhi today, challenged by matches played in wider courts and with a softer ball than they're used to.

North American doubles are played with a harder ball, which creates a very offensive game with fewer unforced errors. The Commonwealth squash doubles competition features a softer ball and a style of play in which it's harder to put the ball away.

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Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics team all set to fight for Commonwealth Games Gold

Canadian Rhythmic gymnastics coach Svetlana Joukova is very clear. "You always want to fight for the gold," she says quickly after the question was posed. "Standing on the podium is the ultimate goal."

With the rhythmic gymnastics competition starting Tuesday, Canada is poised to be top three in the team competition, with results from Tuesday's start then determining the all-around finalists, as well as the individual apparatus final entries. Athletes Mariam Chamilova (Maple, ON), Demetra Mantcheva (Richmond, BC) and Alexandra Martincek (Toronto, ON), say they are ready to give it their all.

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Saina Nehwal advances to Women's Singles Semi-final, Parupalli & Anand enters Men's Semis

Top seeded Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal powered into the women's singles semi-finals with two solid wins on Monday.

Saina made quick work of Caroline Black from Northern Ireland, dishing out a 21-0, 21-2 thrashing. She then came back on court a little later to beat Anna Rice of Canada 21-7, 21-10.

Up next for the world no.3 is England's Elizabeth Cann. Liz Cann needed three games to beat Canada's Michelle Li in the quarter-finals 21-14, 19-21, 21-16.

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India makes clean sweep of Women's Discus Throw at Commonwealth Games

Their names will go down in the history books and the fans in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will never forget the 11th of October 2010 as they were treated to a rare spectacle as India's women's discus team swept all three medals on offer.

Led by Krishna Poonia, who in all fairness did come into this event as a hot favourite for the gold (especially since Australian Dani Samuels had pulled out), the Indian ladies team made a clean sweep of the medals on offer.

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Caswell & McBride win Shooting Silver for Canada

Canada has captured its second shooting medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Jason Caswell (Edmonton, AB) and Richard McBride (Saskatoon, SK) won silver in the skeet pairs competition at Delhi's world-class shooting venue.

The Canadian tandem outshot some talented competition from England, Scotland, Australia and India to earn a spot on the podium. Cyprus won the gold.

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Canada adds 3 more track medals on Monday at the Commonwealth Games

Three more medals were added to the Canadian track and field team's total today in Delhi, India bringing the total to 14; at the last Games in 2006 the medal count was 13. Angela Whyte of Edmonton, AB won silver in the women's 100 metre hurdles running a seasonal best performance of 12.98. In the women's 200 metres Halifax NS's Adrienne Power ran a tremendous final 60 metres to pick off a few runners and take the bronze in 23.52. Diane Cummins of Victoria, BC won bronze in a similar fashion in the 800 metres with a great effort down the home stretch to make up ground on a few runners and secure her medal in 2:00.13.

In other action
Jason Wurster of Toronto, ON finished 7th in the pole vault final with a mark of 5.25 metres while Guelph, ON's Taylor Milne did not advance to the 1500 metre final; Milne finished 11th in his heat with a time of 3:49.53.

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South Africa & Wales qualify from Group B for Rugby Sevens Quarters

Wales started their sevens tournament in style by crushing the home side, India, 56 points to 7. The young squad put on a solid performance and tries from Lee Rees, Gareth Davies, Kristian Phillips, Alex Cuthbert and two each for Lee Williams and Tom Prydie secured the win and the confidence.

Next up; Tonga. With just 1.22 minutes on the clock Lee Rees pushed through to get Wales on the score sheet. Tries from Gareth Davies and Tom Prydie followed before they allowed Tonga to sneak in seven points before the half-time break. Not phased, Wales responded with three more tries to make the final score 38-7 to Wales.

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