Dolci captures bronze medal and secures spot at Youth Olympic Games
BUENOS AIRES, ARG (June 14, 2018) – It was Félix Dolci of Laval, QC who led the way for Team Canada on day two of the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics Junior Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, winning two bronze medals and qualifying himself for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games.
Dolci finished third in the all-around competition with a score of 78.100 to round out the podium behind Brandon Briones of the United States with gold and Diogo Brajao Soares of Brazil with silver. By finishing on the podium, Dolci secured himself a spot at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held in October in Buenos Aires.
In addition to his all-around bronze medal, Dolci also qualified for the floor and rings final in first place and the high bar final in fifth. “Floor was a pretty good event today, even with the problems I’ve been having with my knee, I was able to have a pretty solid routine,” said Dolci following competition. “For tomorrow’s apparatus finals, I’m hoping to work on my landings and ensure I’m hitting them every time to get a better execution score. My goal for tomorrow is to win a medal in all three event finals.”
In the team competition, Dolci was joined by Dorian Doan (Mississauga, ON), Evgeny Siminiuc (Mississauga, ON), and Félix Blaquiere (Montreal, QC) to finish with the bronze medal behind the United States and Brazil with gold and silver respectively. The men scored 228.250 overall including the highest combined ring score of the competition.
Siminiuc finished sixth in the individual all-around competition and will compete in the floor, parallel bars, and pommel horse finals on Friday. “I’m feeling really good, I’m proud of myself and the entire team, I had a couple of mistakes but overall it was pretty good,” said Siminiuc. “I’m going to work on my executions for tomorrow’s finals and on floor I’d like to stick more of my landings and ensure I’m getting a higher score overall.”
Joining Dolci and Siminiuc in the apparatus finals is Blaquiere who will compete in the rings, parallel bars, and pommel horse finals.
Both men’s and women’s apparatus finals will take place on Friday.
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