Canada’s Laylor wins gold in Commonwealth Games women’s weightlifting

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Canada’s Laylor wins gold in Commonwealth Games women’s weightlifting

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom – Maya Laylor captured gold in the 76-kilogram class of women’s weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old from Toronto posted Commonwealth records of 128 kilograms in the clean and jerk and 228 kg in total, 12 kg better than Nigeria’s silver medallist Taiwo Liadi.

Laylor’s gold medal is the seventh for Canada at the Games.

Canada’s Maya Laylor lifts to win the gold medal, during the Women’s 76kg weightlifting competition at The NEC on day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Peter Byrne/PA via AP

Canada’s Emma Spence captured her third gymnastics bronze medal of the Games, in the women’s balance beam.

The 19-year-old from Cambridge, Ont., also won bronze in the women’s team and all-around finals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 2, 2022.

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