Nine golds for Canada, two for Toronto

2010 Commonwealth Games (Commonwealth-Games_0)

Canada managed to find great success in Delhi on Thursday even as a stomach flu traveled around the 2010 Commonwealth Games, taking athletes out of commission.

Canadians captured nine gold medals, so for the athletes fighting through the discomfort it seemed to have been worth it.

About 30 competitors from Canada have had some form of gastrointestinal problems, Canadian Press reported, most prevalent were those who compete in the outdoor sports.

Two of the nine golds from day four will come back to the Toronto area when competition is done. Ohenewa Akuffo and Kyle Pettey, both of Brampton, Ont., captured the top spots in wrestling and shot put, respectively.

Akuffo won the 72-kg division in women’s freestyle wrestling with a 4-3 decision over Annabelle-Laure Ali of Cameroon.  Her medal marked the sixth for Canadian wrestlers at the Commonwealth Games so far.

The gold is the 31-year-old’s first in international competition.

Akuffo won silver at the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo in 2003 and Rio de Janeiro in 2007. She also previously won a bronze at the FILA Wrestling World Championships in 2008.

Pettey beat his own world record in shot put for disabled athletes, grabbing his gold with a throw of 11.44 metres.

His personal best prior to these Games and the previous record was 11.24 metres, coming at an invitational meet in Sherbrooke, QC, on June 12 of this year.

The 27-year-old has attended three Paralympics, taking bronze in 2008, placing tenth in 2004 and winning a silver medal in 2000.

With the addition of nine gold medals for Canada on Thursday at the Games, the total now stands at 11.