Canada captures two bronze medals to cap off rhythmic gymnastics Sr. Pan American Championships
LIMA, PER (September 30, 2018) – Team Canada rhythmic gymnasts finished in style at the 2018 Senior Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru on Sunday, winning two bronze medals in the individual clubs and group five hoops apparatus finals.
Commonwealth Games gold medalist in clubs, Sophie Crane of Toronto, ON continued her dominance this season, scoring 16.350 points in the club final to round out the podium with the bronze medal.
“It feels great to have won a medal this weekend,” said Crane. “I was a little disappointed with my performance from the first two days and I was hoping to finish strong with this routine that I love. I’m really happy with how it went and I’m glad I was able to redeem myself today. I think I prepared well for this routine and I was nice and calm, so that really helped towards my success, and I will continue to use this method of preparation for the future.”
The Canadian group based in Toronto and made up of Alexandra Udachina, Alexandra Zilyuk, Anastasia Shanko, Elizabet Belittchenko, and Vanessa Panov scored 18.350 points in the five hoops final to capture the bronze medal behind Brazil and Mexico.
“Overall this competition was a success for the entire delegation,” said Udachina. “Although mistakes were made during qualifications, we managed to improve our results in finals and place third on the podium. This season had many ups and downs, but we’re glad to have ended it on a positive note. We’d like to thank all of our coaches, families, friends, and GCG for all of their support and for allowing us to achieve our main goal this year.”
The group also finished just off the podium in fourth place in the all-around and in the three balls and two ropes final. In the three balls and two ropes final, the group had the same overall score as bronze medalists from Brazil, but their lower execution score put them in fourth position. Canada also finished fourth overall in the team event where Crane was joined by Katherine Uchida (Toronto, ON), Carmen Whelan (Aurora, ON), and Alexandra Chtrevenski (Montreal, QC).
“We have each done clean routines and some with a few mistakes, but we are human and now we can move forward and learn from our mistakes for finals,” said Whelan. “Competing as an individual is nice as you push to show the best of what you can do, and when you combine that with the team competition you’re fighting every step of the way for yourself and your teammates because we all have each other’s backs, mistakes or no mistakes!”
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