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Commonwealth Games medal a dream come true for Canadian weightlifter George Kobaladze

George Kobaladze walked away with a bronze medal Monday at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

With the medal, the Montreal athlete, originally from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, realized one of his dreams in weightlifting competition in the 105+ kilos category.

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Canadian Shooters make Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal a Family Affair

The sister pair of Dorothy Ludwig and Lynda Hare captured a bronze medal together in the 10m Air Pistol (Pairs) competition on Tuesday at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, giving Canada its third shooting medal of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

The competition actually concluded in a three-way tie for top spot between the Canadian pair and the pre-match favourites from India and Australia. In the end, using the competition tie-break system, Ludwig and Hare were slotted into the bronze medal position behind Australia and the winning Indian pair. But make no mistake, while the pursuit for gold was the goal for the sisters, a step on the podium with bronze around their necks is still making for a very sunny day in Delhi.

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Wales' Johanne Brekke wins Commonwealth Games Shooting Bronze

Wales' Johanne Brekke today shot her way to a bronze medal in what is likely to be her last ever Commonwealth Games.

And it was a record-breaking day at the range: "It was nice to break the record (593 points, three more than the previous record], because it's been there for a long time, but then Jen [MCINTOSH (SCO)] smashed it and the Indian girl [Tejaswini SAWANT] smashed it as well. She is a very good shooter, being world champion and all."

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Ryan Bester in 2nd spot after two solid victories yesterday in lawn bowls

Hanover, Ontario's Ryan Bester, now living in Cabramatta, Australia won two of his three lawn bowling matches yesterday. He lost his first game to Australia's Leif Selby,

"He has won a lot of singles tournaments around the world. He got me on two close sets, he beat me by two in each set but both sets came in only in the 2 last bowls so I'm a bit disappointed," said Bester.

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Canada gained some Experience on the Rugby Pitch yesterday in Delhi

The sun was out. The new rugby stadium at Delhi University was gleaming, ready for Games action. And the Canadian side, with high hopes coming in, were ready to compete against the world's best at the Commonwealth Games in Rugby Sevens action. But in a game that only lasts 14 minutes and where a quick start is critical, the Canadians learned that they need to score quickly and often, right out of the gate. Unfortunately, this will be a lesson that they'll have to learn from for the future as two slow starts in three matches knocked them out of the chase for a Commonwealth Games medal.

In their opener against the three-time defending Commonwealth Games champion "All Blacks" from New Zealand, a team that has never lost a Commonwealth Games match since the sport was introduced into the Game's program in 1998, Canada never got off the mark in a lopsided 43-7 loss. Canada allowed their opponents to score early and often, trailing 33-0 at half and although they fought back with a better effort in the second half, they could not close the gap on a very speedy side that showed why they are a tournament favourite.

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New Zealand's Joelle King enters two Squash finals

Joelle King was the New Zealand squash team's special hero this evening. The 21-year-old from Cambridge won back-to-back matches to help New Zealand through to the women's doubles and mixed doubles finals.

After her outstanding play in the singles, when she narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals, despite a seeding of only 12th, King was regarded as one of the form players in the New Zealand team.

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Australia - New Zealand to clash in Commonwealth Games Netball Final

New Zealand and Australia took different paths today to their final showdown in the Commonwealth Games netball tournament. The Silver Ferns looked the more impressive of the two favourites in the semi-finals, dealing comprehensively with Jamaica 59-43. By contrast, Australia were pushed all the way before edging ahead of England 51-45.

New Zealand coach Ruth Aitken elected to start with the defensive pairing of Anna Scarlett and Casey Williams, perhaps hoping their height would negate the shooting prowess of rangy Jamaican kingpin Romelda Aiken.

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