Canadian claims five golds in Glasgow

Gymnast Patricia Bezzoubenko wins five of the six gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.

    Canadian Bezzoubenko trains regularly with the Russian gymnastics team in Moscow [GALLO/GETTY]
    Canadian Bezzoubenko trains regularly with the Russian gymnastics team in Moscow [GALLO/GETTY]

    A 17-year-old Canadian who also holds Russian citizenship has won five of the six gold medals in rhythmic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.

    Vancouver-born Patricia Bezzoubenko, based in Toronto and trains regularly with the Russian gymnastics team in Moscow, won the individual all-around title and the team title with Canada.

    She then won three of the four individual apparatus events - the clubs, hoop and ball - on the final day of the event at the Hydro building near the River Clyde in central Glasgow.

    Attempting to make it six golds in six events, Bezzoubenko finished third in the ribbon.

    Francesca Jones of Wales won gold in the ribbon and Wong Poh San of Malaysia the silver.

    Brownlees start strongly

    Elsewhere, Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and brother Jonny helped England secure gold in the first ever mixed relay triathlon at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

    Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson joined the Brownlees around Strathclyde Country Park and they showed their class as they  finished in a time of one hour, 13 minutes, 24 seconds. 

    South Africa were 49 seconds behind to take silver, just ahead of Australia who claimed bronze one second adrift in third.

    "I have never felt anything like this. I wasn't going to waste this opportunity."

    Daniel Wallace, 400 metres individual medley winner

    Wallace leads Scotland

    Scotland's Daniel Wallace delighted the host nation with a sensational victory in the 400 metres individual medley and England claimed their first gold medals in the pool at the Commonwealth Games.

    The 21-year-old Wallace, who trained with multiple Olympic gold medal winner Ryan Lochte during his swimming scholarship at the University of Florida, burst through with 50 metres remaining.

    Australia's Thomas Fraser-Holmes took silver with Sebastien Rousseau of South Africa third.

    "I have never felt anything like this. I wasn't going to waste this opportunity," said Wallace, who echoed his namesake William Wallace in the film 'Braveheart' and screamed "freedom" after touching first, before smashing the water with both arms in delight.

    England's Ben Proud kick-started the session with a surprise victory in the 50 metres butterfly before Chris Walker-Hebborn ensured England enjoyed double success when he won the 100 metres backstroke in a Games record time of 53.12 seconds.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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