With athletes about to start day three of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Canada stands third in the medal table with two gold, four silver and five bronze. Vancouver Island hearts fluttered on Thursday when Joanna Brown came home to win a bronze in the triathlon, and Jay Lamoureux with his track pursuit team also reached the podium with a bronze.
Brown relocated to Victoria from Ontario when the National Training Centre opened in BC’s capital last year. The 25-year-old Brown won her first international multi-sport Games medal after running a fast five-kilometre in 16:31, and then finishing strong in a time of 57:38.
“I can’t put this into words right now,” Brown said in a statement afterwards. She suffered a hard crash on the bike in the season-opening World Triathlon Series. “It has been a really chaotic month after fracturing my shoulder in Abu Dhabi, and then just trying to make it back to this race. I have the most amazing support team behind me helping me out, and incredible teammates to get me through this. I was just so happy to be here, to race and even just to finish the race.”
Previous medals in triathlon have been Simon Whitfield and Carol Montgomery winning gold at triathlon’s Commonwealth Games debut in 2002, and Kirsten Sweetland winning the silver medal at the 2014 Games in Glasgow.
In track cycling, it was also a bronze moment for Victoria’s Lamoureux who with teammates Michael Foley, Derek Gee and Aidan Caves, defeated Wales in the team pursuit bronze medal final. It was a sweet moment as they placed fourth in Glasgow. Australia won the gold and England the silver. Lamoureux initially trained at the Westshore Velodrome in Colwood, built for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, before re-locating to the National Training Centre in Milton, Ontario.
Canada also got a bronze in the women’s team pursuit – a new event for the Commonwealth Games, and Canada came in as a medal contender after multiple World Cup and world championship medals, plus bronze at the last two Olympic Games.
The two gold medals were won in women’s Artistic Gymnastics and swimming (Taylor Ruck in the women’s 200-metre freestyle). The silver medals are in the men’s Artistic Gymnastics, women’s 4 – 100 metre freestyle relay, women’s S7 50m butterfly (Sarah Mehain), and the women’s 58kg weightlifting (Tali Darsigny). The other two bronze medals were in women’s 53kg weightlifting (Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet) and men’s 100 metre backstroke (Markus Thormeyer).