Alysha Newman closes CWG with Canada's 17th track and field medal

Alysha Newman

Athletics closes at Commonwealth Games; Alysha Newman adds bronze to total medal count of 17  

Glasgow, SCO - Alysha Newman of Delaware, Ont., won the bronze medal today bringing the Canadian total at the 2014 Commonwealth Games to 17; 5 gold, 2 silver and 10 bronze.

On the rainiest day the track has seen since opening the competition at Hampden Park on July 27th, Alysha Newman finished with the bronze medal clearing 3.80 metres in the pole vault. "You know, everyone was in the same conditions. I did what I could and I got third so I am happy; I am leaving with a medal," comments Alysha. "My first Commonwealth Games, 20 years old, I think that is pretty good. My expectations were to win, whatever that height was going to be I wanted to win and it didn't happen but that's ok. Whatever the building blocks are I have to build from those and I am going to do that."

In the women's 5000-metres Jessica O'Connell of Calgary, Alta., finished 10th in 15:45.33.

4x400m women by Claus Andersen

The women's 4x400-metre relay of Audrey Jean-Baptiste of Montreal, Que., Fawn Dorr of Marten River, Ont., Noelle Montcalm of Belle River, Ont., and Chanice Taylor-Chase of Ajax, Ont., finished fifth in 3:32.45. "We had a group of excellent athletes who were young and inexperienced and they did really well," comments Event Group Coach Anthony McCleary. "Audrey ran a great leg, her first year on an international team; Fawn and Noelle ran excellent, and then Chanice closed with a strong anchor leg. These girls can do a bit down the road and I am looking forward to working with them."

Shai Davis,Crystal Emmanueal and Kimberly  Hyacinthe  by Claus Andersen

The women's 4x100-metres relay team of Crystal Emmanuel of East York, Ont., Kimberly Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que., Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Khamica Bingham of Caledon, Ont., raced to a fourth place finish in 43.33 seconds. "This is just the start of the women's 4x100 program and I think we did an amazing job," comments third leg runner Phylicia George. "Once we get next year and a few years under us we will be on the podium. We dream big, we aim high, we really felt like we could win a medal here so it is a little bit disappointing, but we are going to keep working so next year Pan Ams, Worlds, Olympics we are going to get on the podium."

4x100 CWG by Claus Andersen

In the men's race Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., Dontae Richards-Kwok of Toronto, Ont., and Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., did not finish the race after an exchange went too long on the last pass. "I felt like our first legs were really strong," notes Dontae. "I think it is important to get our zones right and we just had a miss-communication and I don't know if he left early or maybe I was coming in to slow."

 

Overall the Canadian team is coming home with 17 medals; "The team performed above expectations," explains Head Coach Peter Eriksson. "I am pleased with the team, their performances and all of the staff. Even though the competition was tougher then what we saw in Delhi we saw performances at a higher level. This is a young team and they are hungry to do more."

 

17 Medal Winners

Name Event Hometown
Gold -    
Derek Drouin

Sultana Frizell Jim Steacy Brianne Theisen-Eaton Damian Warner

High Jump

Hammer Throw

Hammer Throw

Heptathlon

Decathlon

Corunna, ON

Perth, ON

Lethbridge, AB

Humboldt, SK

London, ON

Silver -    
Diane Roy

Jessica Zelinka

T54 1500m

Heptathlon

Sherbrooke, QC

London, ON

Bronze    
Shawnacy Barber

Alexandre Dupont

Julie Labonté

Cameron Levins

Michael Mason

Tim Nedow

Christabel Nettey Alysha Newman

Kate Van Buskirk

Angela Whyte

Pole Vault

T54 1500m

Shot Put

10,000m

High Jump

Shot Put

Long Jump

Pole Vault

1500m

100m Hurdles

Toronto, ON

Clarenceville, QC

Ste-Justine, QC

Black Creek, BC

Nanoose Bay, BC

Brockville, ON

Surrey, BC

Delaware, ON

Toronto, ON

Edmonton, AB

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Emily Hooper

Coordinator, Marketing and Communications, Athletics Canada Media Attaché, Commonwealth Games Canada ehooper@athletics.ca 07913595980