It's time for the Commonwealth Games!

Let's go to the Commonwealth Games!


Competitions kicked off Friday at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, and Canada could once again snatch a slew of medals by August 8.

Swimmers in particular will be one to watch, but the event brings together more than 20 disciplines, including five associated with parasports.

At the most recent Commonwealth Games, in 2018 in Australia, the Canadian delegation won 82 medals, including 15 gold. The Australians, Britons and Indians are often among Canada's main rivals at these Games limited to Commonwealth member countries.

Among the gold medalists at the recent Tokyo Olympics, Quebec weightlifter Maude Charron is notably present in Birmingham. The athlete from Sainte-Luce, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, carried the flag during the opening ceremony on Thursday, alongside Josh Cassidy, who competes in wheelchair athletics.

Swimmer Margaret MacNeil and cyclist Kelsey Mitchell, who also tasted the top step of the podium in Tokyo, are also among the athletes to watch. Canada is represented by a total of 268 athletes.

The first medal for a Quebecer

Mitchell, Quebec's Lauriane Genest and their compatriot Sarah Orban captured Canada's first medal of these Games, winning silver in the team sprint.

It was a very close race between the Canadians and the Neos. -Zealanders in the final. The latter had the best with a time of 47.425 seconds, 0.576 s faster than their rivals.

On the men's side, the representatives of the maple leaf were also defeated by New Zealand, but in the duel for the bronze medal. British Columbian Tyler Rorke, Ontarian Nick Wammes and Albertan Ryan Dodyk were on the track for Canada.

15-year-old swimmer Summer McIntosh opened the medal counter for Canada. country's gold by climbing to the top step of the podium in the 400m medley. Her time of 4:29.01 is the fastest in history for a Maple Leaf athlete and a Commonwealth Games record.

Australian Kiah Melverton and Scot Katie Shannahan completed the top 3 behind McIntosh.