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47-year old Robert Weale wins Wales' 2nd Gold medal at Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Bowler Robert Weale today scooped Team Wales' second gold of the Games when he triumphed in the singles. He now takes the nation's medal tally up to 18: "It's an absolutely fantastic moment for me. Obviously you dream of winning gold but I've had a couple of goes at it now in the singles and it's third time lucky for me. I've had bronze in 2002, silver in 2006 and now gold. This is the icing on the cake - I am over the moon."

Weale has already tasted Commonwealth gold after winning in the fours event in Edinburgh in 1986. In the same Games, he collected two silvers in the pairs. And he completed the singles hat-trick today as he secured gold to sit alongside the silver he won in Manchester in 2002 and the silver in Melbourne in 2006.


Delhi Games provide unique apprenticeship opportunity for female Canadian coaches

Along with celebrating top athletic achievement, the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games have been an extraordinary growth experience for two of Canada's most promising female coaches. Table Tennis coach, Junya Chen (Mississauga, ON), and Athletics coach, Christine Laverty (Calgary, AB), have been working with their respective national teams in Delhi through a partnership between Commonwealth Games Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada's Women in Coaching Program.

"The joint initiative was designed to enhance support, coaching and professional development opportunities for up-and-coming female coaches working toward the Commonwealth Games," says Sheilagh Croxon, consultant for the Women in Coaching Program with the Coaching Association of Canada. "This is a great partnership that has enabled national sport organizations to work together to benefit the development of women coaches in the Canadian sport system."


Jennifer Abel caps great Commonwealth Games for Canadian divers with Silver

The future of Canadian diving appears to be in secure hands with Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que. Abel, 19, collected her third medal Wednesday at the Commonwealth Games earning the silver on women's three-metre springboard. Sharleen Stratton of Australia won the gold medal with 376.00 points, Abel followed at 338.55 and Jaele Patrick of Australia was third at 326.16. Abel, an Olympic team member in 2008, also won gold this week on one-metre and three-metre synchro with Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que.

"I did a great performance, I couldn't ask for much more," said Abel. "I made a mistake on the fourth dive, but I was able to turn the page and finish strong. This was my first Commonwealth Games and I didn't expect to win so many medals. It shows I'm on the right track for the Olympics."


Boxers add 3 Golds to Medals Tally as India looks to reclaim 2nd spot

Indian boxers came to the party on the final day of the event at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in magnificent fashion, as a rich haul of three gold medals helped ease the disappointment of earlier semi-final exits, which had restricted the hosts to four bronze medals. With England breathing down India's neck and eventually overtaking them to claim the second spot in the medal tally, this performance could come in handy in the final analysis as India look to reclaim second spot going into the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

Suranjoy Mayengbam in Flyweight (52 kg), Manoj Kumar in Light Welterweight (64 kg) and Paramjeet Samota in Super Heavyweight (91 kg) were the stars of the day as the stadium erupted with the Indian supporters going berserk. Manoj Kumar gave India its second Gold of the day, as he beat England's Bradley Saunders. The youngster from Kaithal district in Haryana started in a comprehensive manner and won the first two rounds easily to win the bout with a comprehensive 11-2 margin. Saunders, who hails from Northern England, expressed disappointment with the score and was quoted telling the reporters that he was devastated to have lost by such a margin but would take this as a learning curve in his boxing career.


Collings & Snowden win Gold in dramatic Commonwealth Games Fullbore pairs

New Zealander shooters Mike Collings and John Snowden survived a nerve-jangling 6½-hour wait before being confirmed as Commonwealth Games fullbore pairs gold medallists today. In scenes more like the aftermath of an America's Cup yachting race than a shooting competition, there were protests, provisional re-shoots, problems with scoring and with the electronic targets.

It meant that Collings and Snowden, who finished their pairs competition at about midday with 588 points, had to wait until after dark before having their gold medal confirmed. Scotland scored 587 and England 584.


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