SURREY’S Eric Basran bagged a bronze medal last Friday at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Basran was the youngest athlete on the team.
Canada came third with 82 medals in the 11 days of competition from April 4 to 15 in which 71 nations and territories participated.
Australia was first with 198 medals, England was second with 136 medals and India came in fourth with 66 medals.
Basran was one of seven boxers nominated by Boxing Canada to represent Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He won gold at the Canadian National Boxing Championship last April making him the titleholder for the elite men in the 56 kg category and also earned him a spot on the Canadian National Boxing Team.
He was also presented by Boxing Canada in March for “Boxer of the Year for 2017” just before he left for Australia in March.
Eric won his two first fights unanimously and on his third fight in the semi-finals he lost to a close split decision to Northern Ireland.
Canada’s boxers won six medals, five of which were bronze and one silver.
Although the expectations were set high for the competition, the Canadian boxing team has achieved the desired performance, doubling its medal count from Glasgow 2014 and obtaining its best results since 2002, according to Boxing Canada.
“We are very pleased with the Team’s performances! We haven’t had this kind of results since the 2002 Commonwealth Games and everyone has been performing to the best of their abilities, which is what we ask of them.” stated Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director, at the conclusion of the Games. “These results show that our program is going in the right direction.”
Canadian Boxing Medals
Thomas Blumenfeld (64 kg)
Sabrina Aubin (57 kg)
Eric Basran (56 kg)
Harley-David O’Reilly (81 kg)
Marie-Jeanne Parent (69 kg)
Tammara Thibeault (75 kg)