One more Team Canada medal as Commonwealth Games close
Before the curtain closed on the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Team Canada made a little more history.
Here are the highlights from the final day Down Under:
Canada won its first ever Commonwealth Games medal in men’s basketball, claiming the silver medal after a 87-47 loss to Australia in the final.
Australia had dominated the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. The silver medal was a result of great resilience by Team Canada, which had opened the tournament two two straight losses, but advanced to the final on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the semifinal.
Canada just missed the podium in the Commonwealth Games debut of women’s rugby. After dropping a 33-7 decision to Australia in the semifinal, they were pitted against England in the bronze medal match. England jumped out to a 19-5 lead in the first half and though Canada outscored them 14-5 in the second half, it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit.
With the competition over, it was time for the athletes to celebrate.
Erica Wiebe carried the Canadian flag into the Closing Ceremony, which included the handover to Birmingham, England as the next host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Final Medal Table
Australia: 80 gold, 59 silver, 59 bronze = 198 total
England: 45 gold, 45 silver, 46 bronze = 136 total
Canada: 15 gold, 40 silver, 27 bronze = 82 total