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Commonwealth Games: Li wins badminton gold, Frizell to carry flag

Commonwealth Games: Li wins badminton gold, Frizell to carry flag

By Asif Hossain

Canada brought its 2014 Commonwealth Games to a close on Sunday with one more gold medal, won by Michelle Li in women’s badminton.

The London 2012 Olympian won Canada’s sole medal of the day, where only a handful of events were scheduled in Glasgow before giving way to the evening’s closing ceremony.

Words cant even begin to describe how happy and how grateful i am for everyones support and nice words. This gold medal isnt just for me..its for everyone back at home whos been supporting me since day one, my parents, jennifer, lees badminton, my friends, the cgc and theres no way i Can forget the 2014 canadian Commonwealth games badminton team who s been cheering me on n playing alongside me in all my tough matches.u guys are like family now and i look forward to traveling with each and everyone of u in the future! Thank you everyone for such an awesome tournament couldnt have done it without u guys!! So much love from and for everyone! Ill be going home tomorrow and will be back to training, working hard to fight again for the next tournament! This is only the beginning for Canadian badminton! Gocanadago! #gold! #lookmomididit #glasgow2014 #fighting #teamcanada #keepworkinghard #uno #loveforall #happy #gocanadago

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Li broke Scottish hearts beating Kirsty Gilmour 21-14, 21-7 to dominate the final. She became the first Canadian woman to win a singles Commonwealth title in badminton. In London, Li and doubles partner Alex Bruce had a deep run in the Olympic tournament, finishing fourth and earning the fan-friendly moniker ‘Bruce-Li.’

Commonwealth Canada finished the Games with six more medals than its previous outing in Delhi. The country’s athletes will collectively bring home 82 medals (32 gold, 16 silver and 34 bronze).

Canada’s top female and male medal winners came from gymnastics. Patricia Bezzoubenko (five gold, one bronze) won the most of any athlete at the Games. Her teammate Scott Morgan won four medals, including two gold to go with one each of the other colours.

There were several Canadian multiple medallists at the Games, largely among gymnasts, female divers and swimmers.

Athletics won 17 medals, the most of all the disciplines involving Canadians and one of its stars, hammer throw gold medallist and new Games record holder Sultana Frizell – a two-time Olympian – was selected as the closing ceremony flag bearer.

By Asif Hossain

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