Two team silver medals highlight day two of 2018 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships
MEDELLIN, COL (April 28, 2018) – Canadian gymnasts captured two team silver medals, a group bronze, and three individual bronze medals on the second day of competition at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin, COL in rhythmic gymnastics and women’s artistic gymnastics.
In women’s artistic gymnastics, Haley De Jong of Vancouver, BC captured the bronze medal in the senior individual all-around competition while Zoé Allaire-Bourgie of Montreal took bronze in the junior individual all-around competition. The team, composed of juniors Allaire-Bourgie, Imogen Paterson (Vancouver, BC), and Emma Spence (Cambridge, ON) and seniors Sophie Marois (Île Bizard, QC), De Jong, and Victoria Kayen Woo (Brossard, QC) combined forces to capture the silver medal behind the United States. Australia took the bronze.
“I’m very proud of this young team who fought back from a tough first event and showed maturity, composure, and team work to capture the silver medal,” said coach Denis Vachon from Dynamo Gymnastics of the team who started off the competition with several athletes falling during their uneven bars routines.
In rhythmic gymnastics, it was Michel Vivier of Vaughn, ON who walked away with the bronze medal in the junior individual all-around with a total score of 57.583. Americans Elizabeth Kapitanova and Shannon Xiao took gold and silver respectively.
“I was very happy because we added new mastery to my routines and I was successful in performing them,” said Vivier who trains out of Viva RG. “In finals my goal is to do clean routines and better turns.”
In the senior individual all-around, Athena Tsaltas of Keswick, ON was the top finisher in 5th, while teammate Jaedyn Andreotti of Kelowna, BC finished right behind her in 6th. Athletes from the USA took the top two spots on the podium, with Colombia claiming the bronze.
The combined results from the junior and senior competitions resulted in Team Canada taking the silver medal in the team competition with a total score of 208.716. The USA took team gold with a score of 247.366, while Colombia captured bronze with a total score of 175.552.
“We were a very good team and all contributed to our silver medal,” said Viver. “We worked really well together and have been supporting each other since our arrival in Medellin.”
The junior group, composed of Michelle Pik (Thornhill, ON), Martha Litvikov (Thornhill), Victoria Smolianova (Richmond Hill, ON), Leonella Rudiy (Richmond Hill), and Tiffany Zhao (Toronto), took the all-around bronze.
The trampoline competition wrapped up today with Canada unfortunately not capturing any medals. On the men’s side, Jacob Cranham of Whitby, ON was the top finisher, placing 4th in the senior men’s individual competition. Teammate Andrew Martin finished 6th. The two combined to finish 5th overall in the senior men’s team competition with junior Declan Mclean of Burnaby, BC who was the lone athlete to advance to the junior individual finals where he finished 7th overall.
On the women’s trampoline side, Laurence Roux of Blainville, QC was the only senior athlete to qualify for individual finals and finished 7th overall, while Alexandra Boucher of Calgary, AB was the lone junior to compete and finished 8th overall. Combined with Kalena Soehn of Red Deer, AB the athletes combined to finish 5th in the women’s team competition.
“Our team worked very hard and very well together and made a lot of finals, and even got a few medals, which was quite a successful outing considering we had a relatively unexperienced team here,” said national trampoline team coach Dave Ross.
The competition wraps up tomorrow with individual apparatus finals in rhythmic gymnastics and men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics.
For complete results from today’s competition, visit: http://fedecolgim.co/PacificRim/main.php
For a complete list of the Canadian team, as well as a schedule of events, visit: http://gymcan.org/news/details/2018_PACRIM_TEAM_EN
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